Under the patronage and attendance of His Highness the Amir Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, the ceremony to honor winners of Kuwait's 21st Quran Recitation and Memorization Grand Competition was held at Bayan Palace on Wednesday.
Upon arrival, His Highness the Amir was received by Minister of Justice and Minister of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs Dr. Fahad Al-Afasi.
The ceremony was attended by His Highness the Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah, His Highness the Prime Minister Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, President of the Supreme Judicial Council, President of the Constitutional Court and Head of the Cassation Court Justice Yousef Jassim Al-Mutawa'a, Deputy National Assembly Speaker Essa Al-Kandari and senior state officials.
In his speech at the ceremony, minister Al-Afasi thanked His Highness the Amir for patronizing Kuwait's 21st Quran Memorization and Recitation Grand Competition.
He noted that the Ministry of Awqaf and Islamic Affairs aims to allow all categories of society to take part in the competition. He added that the ministry had established a committee to cover participants from the UK and Ireland, as well as allowing special needs people, elderly, residents at social care homes and others to take part in the event.
The number of contestants who reached the final round was 1,729, he said, adding that the winners were 225 male and females.
The ceremony also involved showing a documentary movie on the competition, followed by His Highness presenting winners with awards. His Highness was also presented with a memorial shield in appreciation of his efforts. (end) aas.ag