On the weekend of August 16th, the first of its kind regional Holy Quran Memorization Contest was held in Sao Paolo, Brazil.
The World Assembly of Muslim Youth, in agreement with the World Organization for the Memorization of the Qur’an staged this competition on the 16 and 17 of August in Sao Paolo, with the participation of young people from 10 to 30 years of age from several Latin American and Caribbean countries who memorized the Holy Quran. Among the participating countries were: Brazil, Venezuela, Argentina, Colombia, Panama, Suriname, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago and Barbados.
Sheikh, Dr Abadallah Basfar, renowned reader of the Holy Qur’an and Secretary General of the World Organization for the Memorization of the Qur’an based in Jeddah, in addition to religious authorities in Latin America and Europe who work at the service of the teaching of the Sacred Quran were in attendance.
The categories in the competition were four with each category having an age limit.
-Memorization of the entire Quran
-Memorization of 10 juz
-Memorization of 5 juz
-Memorization of last juz.
The Caribbean delegation included huffaz from Barbados, in all four categories, Trinidad in 2 of the categories, Suriname and Guyana in some of the categories.
Caribbean huffaz did well in the contest with Trinidad taking first in both the categories they entered in. The full Quran and the 5 juz. Guyana came first in the last juz and the 10 juz and Barbados took second in these categories. All the Caribbean contestants came in the top 5.
The regional Holy Quran competition came at the conclusion of a year long programme of local competitions sponsored in each country by the World Organization for the Memorization of the Qur’an. The winners of the local competitions in each category then went onto the Brazil Contest.
It is the first time for the Latin American and Caribbean region to host such a contest and the sponsors have indicated they are hoping to do this contest every 2 or 3 years in the region.