By Ibrahim Siraj Adhama in Mecca
Baba Sayinna Goni Mukhtar and Musa Ahmad Musa, both from Borno State, are competing in the second and third categories of the competition, respectively.
The preliminary stage was held between Saturday and Sunday in the hotel where all the participants are lodged and only successful reciters will make it to the final stage which will be conducted under full public glare within the precincts of the Grand Holy Mosque starting Monday.
Participants in the competition were drawn from Muslim countries around the world as well as representatives of minority Muslim communities.
The International Competition, which is returning after two years suspension due to the Covid-19 pandemic, promises to be exciting with the introduction of Qira’at category (now first category) and an upward review of cash prizes to be won.
Highlights of this year’s competition include visits to important religious sites in Mecca and Medina.
The competition will draw to a close on September 21 with the announcement of winners and distribution of prizes.