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Etisalat 8th Annual Quran Recitation Contest Commences

Kabul –31st May 2015

The preliminary selection round of 8th annual Quran recitation contest began in five zones across Afghanistan, on 28th May 2015, and lasted for three days. Fifty reciters have been selected to compete in the next rounds of these competitions in Kabul.

Every year, Etisalat launches the contest to mark the beginning of the holy month of Ramadan and to promote Islamic values among youths. The event is organized as part of the company's commitment to promotion of the Islamic culture.

'The Etisalat Telecommunication Company gives a significant priority to Islamic culture and has always considered promoting and sponsoring programs that will help strengthen Islamic culture amongst the people of Afghanistan, especially amongst the youth. Etisalat has assumed a strong and proactive role in safeguarding the communities in which it operates and the environment we all share; said Yasser Aboul Amayem, Chief Commercial Officer, Etisalat Afghanistan, ‘Our aim is to open up opportunities and to actively help people reach their goals. We always deliver what we say we will. We believe in working towards improving the quality of life of members of our communities through caring, sharing and inspiring individuals. Using this opportunity, I would like to wish all the participants best of luck and a very joyful contest ahead.’
According to program format, preliminary selection round starts in all zones concurrently and once the participants qualify for the next rounds, they come to Kabul to compete for the title of ‘Best Qari’.

The event is projected as the biggest such show ever in Afghanistan's recent history, and is believed to play a role in bringing Afghan youth closer to their rich heritage. The contestants are judged based on memorization, Tajweed rules and melodic recitation of the Holly Quran. At the end of the contest, top five Qaries receive certificates along with cash prizes.

This year, the commencement of 8th annual Quran contest coincides with Etialat`s 8th anniversary in Afghanistan. Etisalat first launched Quran contest in 2008 which turned into one of the most watched TV program in the country. Etisalat annual Quran contest, hosts a huge number of youths from across Afghanistan every year.

Dignitaries from the Afghan Ministry of Hajj, Etisalat Management and Management of Ariana Television Network and participants were present in the opening ceremony of the program.

The contest has proved to be very useful in introducing top reciters to Afghan society, as the winners of previous seasons were able to represent Afghanistan in Dubai International Quran Competition in UAE.

Viewers can watch this season of Quran contest on Ariana Television, before Iftar during the holy month of Ramadan.