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Nigerian Wins World Qur'anic Competition

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JOS, Sept 16, (THEWILL) - A Nigerian, Abdullahi Muhammad Salih, has won the just concluded 2010 World Qur’anic Memorization Competition.

The Nigerian beat 60 other contestants from Asia, Africa and Europe including highly rated Islamic countries like Egypt, Mauritania, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Cameroon, and Sri Lanka to emerge winner.

Mauritania’s Abdullahi Al- Amin and Egypt’s Abdurrahman Jamil clinched the second and third positions respectively.

The competition took place in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. Nine-year-old Salih contested in the under 10 age category.

The event was organized by the Saudi Arabian Defense Minister, Amir Sultan Ibn Abdulaziz. Muhammad Balarabe Abdullahi, an Islamic teacher who accompanied Salih to the competition said it was keenly contested and described it as a

victory for the nation.

The nine year old was given a life scholarship award by the organizers of the competition.