9-year-old Iranian Quran memorizer Hannaneh Khalafi left Tehran for the UAE on Thursday to attend an international Holy Quran competition for women in Dubai.
Hannaneh, who is accompanied by her mother in the trip, has been working to prepare for the competition for two months, her father, Mostafa Khalafi told IQNA.
He said she would review at least three Juzes (parts) of the Quran every day in that period and was asked questions on ten Juzes daily so as to be fully prepared for the contest.
Noting that it is Hannaeh’s first participation in an international Quranic event, he said that his daughter is capable of winning the top title.
The first edition of the Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Holy Quran Competition will be held in Dubai on November 6-18.
More than 70 female Quran memorizers from different countries will compete for the top prize in the category of memorization of the Holy Quran.
The participants aged between nine and 25 years stand to win Dh250,000; Dh200,000; and Dh150,000 for the first, second and third prizes respectively.
The Dh7.5 million contest is a category of the 14 branch Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA), which is annually organized in the holy month of Ramadan.
12 scholars specializing in the science of Qiraat (schools of recitation) who have experience in arbitrating international Quran contests will be part of the jury for the contest, organizers said last month.