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Etisalat Afghanistan 4th Annual Holy Quran Awards concludes in Kabul

Kabul, July 13, 2011: Etisalat Afghanistan has today announced the conclusion of 4th Annual Holy Quran Awards being held in Kabul. The competition which started on June 30th is organized by Etisalat Afghanistan for the fourth year running in collaboration with Ministry of Religious Affairs & Hajj and Ministry of Information & Culture, Government of Afghanistan.
The final ceremony was attended by distinguished personalities, representative of UAE Embassy, high ranking government officials and members of media fraternity.

Qari Abdul Wahid from Nangarhar Province was declared the winner of this year’s competition.

Qari Barkatullah Saleem was the Chief Judge along with panel members comprising of representatives of Ministry of Religious Affairs & Hajj, Qari Amanullah Ahmadi, Qari Abdul Azim, Qari Zaiul Haq Minqad, and Dr. Abdul Qodus. Qaris under the age of 21 participated in this competition from all over Afghanistan.

Mr. Abdul Hakeem Muneeb, Deputy Minister of Religious Affairs and Hajj while speaking on the occasion said, “It is my honor to participate in today`s ceremony, we all know that Quran is the only guide for humanity and we need to continuously refer to it and take the advantages. On behalf of the Ministry of Religious Affairs & Hajj and the people of Afghanistan, I would like to thank Etisalat Afghanistan for its valuable services and support in promoting Islamic traditions in Afghanistan. Organizing such events is vital for the development of young generations` talent and guiding them toward success. Once again I would like to thank Etisalat Afghanistan for the generous support and ask them for their continuous help with the people of Afghanistan.”
Mr. Ahmed Alhosani, CEO Etisalat Afghanistan commented, “Etisalat Afghanistan stands committed in its long standing resolve of promoting Islamic traditions and cultural values of Afghan society. We are proud to organize the Holy Quran competition every year which not only highlights the Islamic roots of UAE, Afghanistan and Etisalat but also serves as confirmation of Islamic values and importance of Holy Quran in our lives. It is heartening to see the immense enthusiasm shown by young Qaris for participating in this competition every year from all over the country. It also shows their willingness in abiding by the teachings of Islam and Quran which is the main constitution and guide for Muslims and humanity to leading a good life based on harmony and mutual respect.”

Mr. Ahmed Alhosani further stated, “We are thankful to Ministry of Information & Culture and Ministry of Religious Affairs & Hajj, Government of Afghanistan for their continuous support regarding this competition every year and all other areas as we remain committed to serve and connect people of Afghanistan with the best of our ability.”
Mr. Mobarez Rashidi, Deputy Minister of Information and Culture said, “It should be mentioned that our society is seriously influenced by foreign cultures and the need is felt to take it out of this situation and promote our valuable Islamic culture and traditions. Conducting Quran contest is an important initiative from Etisalat Afghanistan and helps us in promoting Islamic culture in our society. Using this opportunity, I would also like to appreciate this action of Etisalat and wish them more success in future.”
Qari Abul Wahid, the winner of Etisalat Afghanistan 4th Annual Holy Quran Awards was awarded cash prize of US$ 6000. Qari Abdul Wahid will now be representing Afghanistan in Dubai International Holy Quran Award which will be held in the upcoming month of Ramadan. Cash prizes of US$ 4000 and US$ 2000 were given to the runner ups, Qari Zaifullah and Qari Israrul Haq for securing second and third position in the competition.

Etisalat Afghanistan is 100% owned subsidiary of Etisalat Telecommunications Group. Etisalat is one of the largest telecommunications companies in the world and the leading operator in the Middle East and Africa, headquartered in the UAE. Etisalat operates in 18 countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa, servicing over 135 million customers.

Since the start of its operations in Afghanistan in 2007, the company has upheld its commitment and dedication in serving the community by playing an active role as a socially responsible entity, re-affirming its strong belief in being part of the Afghan society in areas important to their needs. Numerous social and community related projects have been launched by Etisalat Afghanistan under the pillars of environment, health, education and sports. The company is also involved in reconstruction of Mosques throughout the country as well as regular distribution of food items in the less fortunate segments of the society.
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