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Maktoum Quran award invites applications.

Summary: DUBAI -- Aspirants can now apply to take part in the 13th edition of the Maktoum Holy Quran Award.

DUBAI -- Aspirants can now apply to take part in the 13th edition of the Maktoum Holy Quran Award.

The seven-day contest, being organised by the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai, will start on April 8.

"The nine-category award has branched out, and invites contestants for the 10th category which has been assigned for Quran Teachers," said Abdullah Al Kamali, head of the competition.

Competitors need to observe certain conditions to be eligible for participation. "All contestants must be registered in the Maktoum Project for memorising the Holy Quran. Not only they have to be regular attendants of daily classes, but also memorise and recite the Quran well," said Hamada Al Khazraji, senior executive of the award panel. "The participants who had won in a certain category may only compete in another category," he added.

The first category has been specified for the memorisation of the Holy Quran in full, the second for 25 parts, the third for 20, the fourth for 15, the fifth for 10, while the sixth, which is open for all ages, is open for memorisers of five parts of the Holy Quran.

As for the seventh category, it is open for memorisers of three parts of the Quran. They must be born in or after 2002. The eighth branch is open for memorisers of the 30th or last part of the Quran. They must be born in or after 2005.

The ninth category is for memorisers of half the last part of the Quran and participants may only be of special needs from all ages. The 10th category, which has been created this year, is specified for Quran teachers.

"The 10th category is open for male contestants who fully memorise the Quran while female participants in this branch need only to memorise half of the Quran."

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Publication:Khaleej Times (Dubai, United Arab Emirates)
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