13 winners honored at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdelaziz Qur’an competition

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Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners. (SPA)
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Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners. (SPA)
Updated 12 October 2018

13 winners honored at Saudi Arabia’s King Abdelaziz Qur’an competition

  • The Governor of Madinah sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah
  • Prince Faisal said the prize represents how blessed Saudi Arabia is for honoring the Qur’an's people around the world

JEDDAH: The 13 winners of the 40th King Abdulaziz International competition for memorizing, reciting and interpreting Qur’an were honored during a ceremony on Wednesday.

Prince Faisal bin Salman, Governor of Madinah, sponsored the ceremony and honored the winners at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah, where the competition was being held for the first time.

The contest was split into four categories. In the first, Ibrahim bin Abdullah Al-Saui, from Saudi Arabia, took the SR250,000 ($67,000) top prize. Malek Othman, from Jordan, was second, receiving SR200,000, while third place went to Nigeria’s Musib Guru, who won SR150,000.

In the second category, Haitham Safar Ahmed from Kenya came first, winning SR120,000; Obaidah Maan Abdul Salam Freihat from Jordan was second, receiving SR100,000; and Abdul Ghani Amin from Nigeria and Abdulqader Kindi from Libya finished joint-third, each receiving SR40,000.

In the third group, Mohammed Shahid Ismail from the Philippines took the SR60,000 first prize, with Sadiq Ali Mftah Khalid from Libya finishing second and receiving SR50,000. Yahya Bilal Yousef Yaqoub from Bahrain picked up the SR45,000 third prize.

In the fourth category, Amin Samir Hrabovic of Serbia came top, winning SR40,000, followed by Omar Farouq Bakrvotch of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who received SR 30,000. Third-placed Ahmed Halim Azur from Sri Lanka won SR20,000.

Prince Faisal said the prize represents how blessed Saudi Arabia is for honoring the Qur’an's people around the world through this competition, under the patronage of Saudi King Salman.

He also commended the role played by the Ministry of Islamic affairs, Endowments, Dawah and Guidance in supervising and following on organizing the competition.

Prince Faisal highlighted the king’s “unlimited support” for those who memorize the Holy Qur’an and his patronization of local and international recitation competitions.


For his part, Minister of Islamic Affairs Dr. Abdullatif Al-Asheikh thanked the king and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman for their constant attention to the Holy Qur’an. He congratulated the winners, wishing them success in their future careers.


Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

Updated 06 June 2020

Worshippers flock to reopened Prophet’s Mosque for Friday prayers

MADINAH: Hundreds of thousands of worshippers attended the first Friday prayers to be held at the Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah since the gatherings were suspended to stop the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak.

The green light for the resumption of the prayer meetings came as part of a plan to gradually reopen the Kingdom’s mosques while ensuring worshippers and visitors adhered to preventive measures.

A ban on access to the Rawdah remained in place and only groups of worshippers numbering up to a maximum of 40 percent of the mosque’s capacity were being allowed entry.

Precautionary measures also included the allocation of specific doors for the entry of worshippers, the installation of thermal cameras, removal of all carpets so that prayers could be performed on the marble, sanitization of the mosque’s floors and courtyards, periodic opening of domes and canopies to ventilate the mosque, and the removal of Zamzam water containers.

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah will be closed after evening prayers and reopened one hour before dawn prayers. Parking lots will operate at 50 percent capacity and a media awareness campaign has been launched to highlight safety procedures at the holy site.

Medical teams have also been stationed at the main entrances to the mosque in cooperation with the Ministry of Health.

Elsewhere in the Kingdom, worshippers also flocked to perform Friday prayers at mosques amid strict health measures.

On May 31, Saudi authorities reopened all mosques for prayers, except in Makkah, as part of the Kingdom’s plan for a gradual return to normal life.

Last week the minister of Islamic affairs, dawah and guidance said that the country’s mosques were ready to welcome back worshippers, following his field trips to check that necessary preparations had been made.

All worshippers must still maintain a distance of 2 meters between rows, wear masks to enter a mosque, and Friday sermons and prayers have been limited to a maximum of 15 minutes.