A national Quran competition for university students began in Mauritania on Monday.
Organized by the country’s Islamic Affairs and Education Ministry, the contest is underway in the capital Nouakchott, Al-Akbar new agency reported.
A number of Muslim scholars and top Quran memorizers were present at the opening ceremony of the event.
The contestants compete in Quran memorization and Tajweed recitation for two weeks.
600 university students are taking part in the competition.
Top winners of the contest will qualify to represent Mauritania in international Quranic events.
The Islamic Republic of Mauritania is a country in the Maghreb region of western North Africa. Virtually all Mauritanians are Muslims.