Iran’s Hannaneh Khalafi answered the questions of the panel of judges of Dubai international Quran competition for women on memorization of the Quran.
Nine-year-old Khalafi, who is the youngest participant, answered three questions on Wednesday morning and will go on stage to answer two more in the afternoon.
On Wednesday, it was also the turn of representatives of Mauritania, Bahrain, Iraq, Turkey, Serbia and Sierra Leone to answer the questions of the jury.
The first edition of the Shaikha Fatima Bint Mubarak International Holy Quran Competition started in Dubai on November 6.
More than 70 female Quran memorizers from different countries have attended the event to compete for the top prize in the category of memorization of the entire 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 are part of the jury for the contest.