Russia ready to host int’l Quran contest for Muslim students

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SHAFAQNA – An official with the Russian Council of Muftis said his country is ready to host the sixth edition of the International Quran Competition for Muslim Students.

Andar Galiov, the director of the council’s international department, said that such a Quranic event could help promote university students’ activities in Quranic fields like Quran memorization, recitation and concepts.

He said a proposal has been made to the Iranian Academics’ Quranic Activities Organization (IAQAO) for holding the contest in Moscow or another Russian city and that talks about the issue are going on.

The sixth edition of the International Quran Competition for Muslim Students had been planned to be held in the northeastern Iranian city of Mashhad but was later called off due to interference with the programs of the Mashhad, 2017 Cultural Capital of Islamic World.

Galiov also hailed a recent memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed between the council and the IAQAO for cooperation in Quranic and Islamic fields, saying Russia welcomes enhancement of cooperation with Iran and other Muslim countries.

The MoU was signed in Moscow last week, during a trip to Russia by representatives of the Iranian Academic Center for Education, Culture and Research (ACECR) of which IAQAO is an affiliate.

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