KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysian qari, Muhammad Qayyim Nizar Sarimi 25, emerged as the champion of the International Al-Quran Recitation Competition 1445H/2023M held at Merdeka Hall, Kuala Lumpur World Trade Centre on Thursday evening.
Muhammad Qayyim from Kelantan who garnered 94.96 percent marks was believed to be the first blind contestant in the world who had won the title in the 63rd International Al-Quran Recitation Competition hosted by Malaysia.
When interviewed by TV1on what he felt for championing the international competition, Muhammad Qayyim said, he was very happy indeed and participated not to win but left it to Allah to decide and the judges to evaluate his recitation of the al-Quran verses (ayat) allocated to him.
Muhammad Qayyim said, he had many ‘ustaz’ (teachers) and former champions in Al-Quran recitation to guide him before he managed to compete in the international level.
“I started reading Al-Quran at the age of seven and continued learning in depth from my father,” he told TV1 that telecasted the programme on live.
Another contestant, Sara Belmamoun from Morocco won the qariah (female) category.
Meanwhile the contestant from Guinea, Omar Toure won in the Al-Quran Memorazation male category while Tebani Cheyma Enfal from Algeria in the female category.
The four winners each received a special gold gift contributed by the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (Yapeim), cash money, trophy and certificate.
The prizes were presented to the winners by Sultan of Perak, Sultan Nazrin Muizzuddin Shah. –Malaysia World News