Some of the contestants at the event.
Doha: The Sheikh Jassim bin Mohamed bin Thani Quran Memorisation and Recitation Competition for non-Arabic speakers started at Rijeka Islamic Centre, Croatia, yesterday.
About 100 males and females from Balkans countries, including Croatia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Slovenia and Macedonia, will contest in three stages.
For the first time, the contest is being held outside Qatar, at the centre, built with support of the Father Emir H H Sheikh Hamad bin Khalifa Al Thani. It is the largest and one of the most beautiful Islamic centres in Europe. Preparations were made in cooperation with Islamic Society of Croatia.
The opening ceremony was attended by local officials, religious scholars, heads and representatives of Islamic chiefdoms in the participating countries and contestants.
Nasser Youssuf Al Sulaiti, Chairman of the Organising Committee for the contest and head of the Qatari delegation, said the competition outside Qatar aimed at promoting the Arabic language among non-Arabic speakers, developing their ability to memorise the Quran and enlightening them to perform worship in the way acceptable to Allah.
He said the competition also seeks to strengthen the Muslims’ role in their communities as messengers of peace, love. QNA