The Address | Benghazi – Libya
DUBAI – Muaz Mohammad had almost given up on hope when he couldn’t find his name in the top 9 of the Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA) contestants. So when his name was announced as the winner of the 23rd edition of the annual award he couldn’t believe his ears.
Mohammad from Libya walked away with a prize money of Dh250,000, beating 89 others, warding off a particularly stiff competition from his North African competitors.
“When they announced the joint winners for the second position, I thought it’s over. I never expected to be on top. I thought some of the others in the top ten were equally good,” said Mohammad, thanking the Almighty for the amazing result.
The 24 year old attributed his success to the prayers and hard work of his parents and teachers. “This is for my parents, whatever I am today is because of them and I thank all my family members and teachers for shaping my career,” added Mohammad.
Mohammad was among six African contestants in the top 10 this year, with the joint second prize going to Moroccan Ahmad Ashiri and Ebrahim Mazou from Niger.
Shaikh Mansour Bin Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum handed over the award to the winners of the Quran competition.
Contestants from 90 countries participated this year.