Final round of 40th international Qur’an competition takes place in Madinah  

Updated 06 October 2018

Final round of 40th international Qur’an competition takes place in Madinah  

JEDDAH: The final round of the King Abdulaziz international competition for memorizing, reciting, and interpreting the Qur’an got underway on Saturday.

Judges listened to 10 finalists during the morning session and 13 during the evening session. The award ceremony of the competition will take place on Wednesday.  

The Saudi Ministry of Islamic Affairs said the competition reflects the great values of Islam, and that it is based on the principles of justice, transparency, and professionalism.

The ministry added that the competition aspires to achieve the Saudi leadership’s vision of motivating Muslims to adhere to the teachings of the Qur’an and the traditions of the Prophet Mohammed.

The final round took place in the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, as opposed to the Grand Mosque in Makkah, where the competition has been held for the last 39 years.   

Some 115 contestants from 82 different countries participated in the competition this year. 


Saudi Arabia records increase in COVID-19 deaths, drop in new cases

Updated 30 October 2020

Saudi Arabia records increase in COVID-19 deaths, drop in new cases

  • 56,255 new tests were conducted across Saudi Arabia over the past 24 hours
  • A total of 5,383 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far

LONDON: Saudi Arabia announced 20 deaths from the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and 398 new infections on Friday.

The new cases bring the number of total infections in the Kingdom to 346,880.

Of the new cases, 53 were recorded in Riyadh, 48 in Madinah, 38 in Yanbu, 37 in Jeddah and 32 in Makkah.

The total number of recoveries in the Kingdom increased to 333,409 after 404 more patients recovered from the virus.

A total of 5,383 people have succumbed to the virus in the Kingdom so far.

Meanwhile, 56,255 new tests were conducted across Saudi Arabia over the past 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Health.