Saudi Arabia’s Hasanat bint Ali Al-Harithy bagged first prize in
Jordan’s Hashimiya International Holy Qur’an Competition for
Women. As many as 33 contestants from 30 countries participated in
the seventh edition of the contest, which concluded in Amman on
Saudi Arabia participated for the
first time in the memorization, recitation and interpretation of
The general secretariat for the
Qur’an competition at the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments,
Call and Guidance picked Hasanat, a student of the Charity Society
for the Memorization of Qur’an in Madinah, to represent the
Kingdom in the competition.
Hasanat expressed her extreme delight in winning the prestigious
“I am presenting this great
achievement to Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah,
Crown Prince Naif, deputy premier and minister of interior,
Minister of Islamic Affairs Sheikh Saleh Al-Asheikh and my family.
In the international competition, I represented the Kingdom of
humanity where the Qibla of Muslims is situated and where all eyes
of Muslims are turned,” she said, while noting that she was fully
aware of her responsibility as the lone representative of the land
of the Two Holy Mosques in the event.
Hasanat also thanked the Madinah
charity society for its commendable efforts in helping young men
and women learn and memorize the holy book.
Ali bin Ahmad Al-Harithy, who
accompanied his daughter Hasanat to Jordan, thanked Minister Al-Asheikh
for his utmost keenness and sincere efforts that enabled his
daughter to secure this remarkable achievement.
He also commended Fahd Al-Zaid, the
Saudi ambassador to Jordan, for his continuous support.
Mansour Al-Sumaih, secretary-general
of the general secretariat for Qur’an competition at the ministry,
said earlier that Al-Asheikh had received an invitation from his
Jordanian counterpart to send a Saudi delegate to the competition.
The general secretariat nominated Hasanat who won second prize in
the local competition for Prince Salman prize, held in Madinah
It was for the first time Saudi Arabia also took part in the
judging panel of the competition. Al-Asheikh had approved sending
Aziza bint Hussein Al-Yousuf, assistant professor at Taiba
University in Madinah, to Jordan as a judge. Other members of the
three-member judging panel included representatives of Jordan and
The contest, organized by Jordan’s Awqaf and Islamic Affairs
Ministry, aimed at encouraging women to strengthen their relation
with the Qur’an and preparing them to raise generations familiar
with the teachings of the holy book. There were three levels of
contest — memorization of the holy book in full, 20 parts and 10
parts with interpretation and good presentation.