King Abdulaziz University in Jeddah is studying prospects of conducting a Qur’an contest for students of all universities in the Kingdom. “We’ll discuss this idea during the next meeting of KAU’s Council,” said Dr. Osama Tayeb, president of the university.
Tayeb made this comment while attending the concluding ceremony of a Qur’an competition at KAU. More than 450 students took part in the contest, which was organized by the university’s Department for Qur’anic Studies.
“We’ll set up a secretariat to organize this contest on a large scale with the participation of students from all universities,” Tayeb said while commending the government’s support for efforts aimed at spreading the message of the Qur’an, especially among the youth.
The president congratulated winners of the contest, who received fabulous prizes. He also opened an exhibition of Qur’an copies and books on the Holy Book, where more than 30,000 books, including Qur’an translation and commentaries were on display.
He visited the pavilion of King Fahd Qur’an Printing Complex in Madinah that distributes Qur’an copies and its translation and commentary in different languages to Islamic centers, libraries and educational institutions around the world.
There were separate pavilions for the International Qur’an Memorization Organization, the World Assembly of Muslim Youth, the Qur’an Memorization Society, the Organization for Scientific Miracles in Qur’an and King Abdullah Chair for Qur’an.
“There was an exhibition for photos and drawings reflecting the meaning of some Qur’anic verses. It highlighted the ability of the Almighty,” one organizer said, adding that it attracted a large number of visitors. There were marvelous paintings on the galaxy, rain and thunder.
Dr. Saleh Baothman, head of the Department of Qur’an, said the university began the Qur’an contest four years ago with 200 participants. “This year more than 450 students including girls took part in the event,” he added. During the past four years more than 1,000 students have taken part in the contest that aims at encouraging young Muslim men and women to learn the Qur’an.
“This competition will certainly instill among students the love for Qur’an and imbibe its values,” Baothman said and commended the university for organizing the event. He said making students associated with the Qur’an would have a great impact in shaping their character and lives and prevent them from being drifted to immoral practices.
The Qur’an is a complete record of the exact words revealed by Allah through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). It’s the principal source of every Muslim’s faith and practice. It deals with all subjects that concern human beings including wisdom, doctrine, worship, and law. Its basic theme is the relationship between Allah and His creatures.
The Qur’an provides guidelines for a just society, proper human conduct and equitable economic principles. Since the time of Prophet Muhammad, Muslims have given utmost importance to reading, learning and memorizing the Qur’an and shaping their lives in accordance with its teachings.