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35th National Quranic Recitation Competition opens in Kano

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The 35th edition of National Quranic Recitation Competition began yesterday at Bayero University, Kano, featuring over 300 young reciters drawn from across the 36 states and Federal Capital Territory participating in the weeklong event.

The annual ritual being organised by the Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodio University, Sokoto, presents a unique platform where young talents in Quranic memorisation and interpretation contest and the best with the rendition emerge champion.

Participating states are expected to field their contingents to feature in the six categories including the lower based recitation with category’s five portions of the Quran; 10 Quran portions; 20 portions and 40 portions of the Quran. The first and second top most categories feature contestants with competence of memorisation and interpretation of the Quran and others only with full knowledge of memorisation respectively.

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National Coordinator of the competition, Professor Abubakar Yalwa Mohammad explained that the competition established in 1986 was intended to inculcate Muslim youths with culture of memorisation of the holy Quran and foster brotherliness among the younger generation irrespective of ethnic and regional divides.

Mohammad, who is also the director of Centre for Islamic Studies, Usman Danfodi University, Sokoto, explained that six judges, one among them on reserve; who are also one-time winners of the competition, were carefully selected to test the capacity of the participants.

Earlier, Governor Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, who used the occasion to highlight his administration’s commitment to the competition, added that plan has been concluded to unveil Quranic memorisation laboratory in Kano for easy recitation of the holy book.

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