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Memorising Quran made me academically excellent, says US teen who won Dubai Quran contest

Saturday June 17, 2017 11:33 PM, & Agencies

Huzaifah Siddiqui
[Memorising the Quran and observing its tolerant teachings is the only path to salvation and happiness in life and the Hereafter, Huzaifah says.].

20-year-old Huzaifah Siddiqui of the United States who bagged the second prize at the the 21st Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) and also won a side contest, said memorising the Holy Quran sharpened his mind and made him academically excellent.

"Memorising the Holy Quran has not only sharpened my mind, and made me academically excellent, it has further made me quiet and good mannered", Huzaifah is quoted by Khaleej times.

"People are showing me more love and respect, and ask me to lead them in prayer", he added.

"One may think that memorising the Quran is difficult, but the moment you sincerely start, Almighty Allah will give you all help", he said.

American contestant Huzaifah Siddiqui wished to complete his university studies and teach the Holy Quran to others as advised by Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him).

"Memorising the Quran and observing its tolerant teachings is the only path to salvation and happiness in life and the Hereafter", he said.

Huzaifah Siddiqui, bagged the second prize of Dh200,000. He had also won the the top position of the most beautiful Quran recitation, a side contest of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award.

The 20 year old was the third American in a row to secure the second prize at DIHQA. Last year, 14 year old Adeen Shahzad from New York was joint second, while in 2015 Hamza Elhabashy secured the second place.

13-year-old Mohammad Tariq Al Islam of Bangladesh has been declared as the winner of the 21st Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA). Tariq Al Islam was conferred with the award along with Dh2,50,000 on Thursday when the organisers announced the names of winners.

Tariq Islam, who also got the fourth prize in the ‘beautiful voice’ category, walked away with the first prize of Dh250,000, according to Gulf News.

The third place was held jointly by Modou Jobe from Gambia, Abdul Aziz Al Obaidan from Saudi Arabia and Tunisian Rachid Allani, sharing the Dh150,000 prize.

A record 103 contestants participated in DIHQA this year, with 13 candidates being disqualified due to poor quality of their performance in the preliminary round.


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