Amir-Hossein Rahmati finishes first in Iranian national Koran competition

TEHRAN – Amir-Hossein Rahmati, a narrator from Golestan province, on Friday won first place in the 44th edition of the Iranian National Quran Competition.

This position qualifies him to participate in international Quran competitions around the world, organizers said at the competition’s closing ceremony held at the Sureh Hall of the Art Bureau in Tehran.

Masud Nuri won the second prize followed by Hamidreza Nasiri. The fourth and fifth positions were occupied by Mohammad-Hassan Movahedi and Mojtaba Mohammadbeigi.

Speaking at the ceremony, Hojatoleslam Seyyed Mehdi Khamushi, Director of the State Endowment and Charity Affairs Organization, the main organizer of the event, said, “The greatness of the Holy Quran continues to flow in our time.

“With the contributions of the Islamic revolution, we see that today people all over the world pay special attention to Islam and understand the message of the Quran,” he added.

He noted that elite reciters generally participate in major Quran competitions and added, “However, our main competition should focus on the usefulness of the Holy Book’s messages in our lives. Such competitions should lead us to beautify our lives with the Holy Quran. ”

“We plan to turn the competition into an event to bring the Quranic paradigm into everyday life,” he added.

The Minister of Culture and Islamic Guidance Mohammad-Mehdi Esmaeili also attended the ceremony.

He underscored a call from the leader of the Islamic revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, for plans to increase the number of Quran memorizers in the country to ten million and regretted that we were lagging behind on the asks leaders.

The first prize in male memorization of the whole section of the Quran went to Sina Tabbakhi. Hossein Khanibigdeli was selected as second, while Ali Gholam-Azad won third place. Alireza Sameri and Mohammad-Rasul Takbiri took fourth and fifth places respectively.

Mohammad-Javad Javari won the first prize in the male tartil category, while Mohammad-Hossein Haddadzadeh won the second prize. Mohammad Pursina, Hossein Azizi and Mojtaba Qadbeigi placed third, fourth and fifth respectively.

In the female recitation category, the award for best reciter went to Zahar Purtahmasb, followed by Atefeh Naseh. Ghazaleh Soheili took third place and Marzieh Mirzaipur and Nasibeh Karami took fourth and fifth places.

Fahimeh Asgharzadeh, Adeleh Sheikhi, Elnaz Hemmati, Naziheh Jenami and Mansureh Aqahassani were the winners of the tartil recitation section.

The winners of the female memorization of the whole section of the Quran are Hajar Mehralian, Roya Fazaeli, Zahra Mohebi, Fatemeh Ebrahimi and Azam Mohammadi.

Photo: Amir-Hossein Rahmati, the winner of the 44th edition of the Iranian National Quran Competition, recites during the closing ceremony of the event in Tehran on December 24, 2021. (Mehr / Saeidreza Razavi)