By Goth Mohamed Goth
H.E President Ahmed Mohamed Mahmoud Silanyo for the second time this week on Thursday at the Presidential palace hosted a dinner for religious scholars and religious students who participated in this of year’s national Quran Recitation competition.
The recently concluded national Holy Quran recitation competition is the most popular religious event in the country and includes a wider programme that includes a series of lectures and Quran recitals culminating with the awards ceremony, after the winners are announced.
Sheik Mohamed Aden Mohamed, the Imam of Masjidul Ali Matan and chairman of the Qur’an competition committee said, “This year’s national Quran Recitation competition culminate with the arrival and recital programs by top Quran reciters from various regions of Somaliland.
President Silanyo affirmed that the National Annual Qur’anic recitation competition was Intended and aimed at encouraging and inculcating in our children and, indeed, adults the culture of learning and memorization of the Qur’an.
The head of State congratulated the participants who could scale through the selection processes and representatives of their respective regions in this national event.
President Silanyo then handed the awards to the four winners of the Qur’an competition, and he was presented with a gift for his continuous support.
- Abdi Hakim Muse Adan , 13 years old , who hails from Burao, in Togdheer region emerged as the overall winner and walked away with the keys to a brand new Vehicle TOYOTA Noah, he also won last year’s Dahabshil Quran Recitation competition.
- Shaafici Jama Jibril from Maroodi Jeh region took second place scooping the $2500 Dollars Cash, brand new Laptop plus Islamic studies text books.
- Mahmoud Ahmed Ali, in third place, also from Burao took home $1000 Dollars Cash, mobile phone plus Islamic studies text books.
- Abdallahi Ismail Ali, from Sanaag region was in the fourth place, he took home $700 Dollars Cash and Islamic studies text books.
The two top contenders will perform Umrah courtesy of the President.
On the hand, President Silanyo was symbolic awarded with a copy of the Holy Quran by the Minister of Religious Affairs and Endowments and Sheik Mohamed Aden Mohamed chairman of the Qur’an competition committee as a gift for his continuous support.