Dubai, Sep 25 (UNI) An Indian teenager is among 85 individuals who are here to take part in the eleventh Dubai International Holy Quran Award (DIHQA).
Umer Bin Abdulla, a student of Karanthur Markazus Saqafathi Sunniyya, Kerala, is representing India at the competition held annually.
Although it is his first time to travel outside India, he is confident of winning the contest and aware that he would have to perform top notch to surpass the other participants.
"Every single participant who has come here wants to win. I am quite happy to have been able to make my parents proud of my achievements," the Gulf News quoted him as saying.
Umer has won many prizes in the state-level Quran competitions held in Kerala.
The teenager showed confidence in his Ustad (teacher) under whom he is being tutored at the Markazus.
''It would not have been possible without the patience shown by my Ustad,'' he quips.
The contest has become a milestone in international Holy Quran contests worldwide. Young memorizers of the Holy Quran who are officially nominated by either their respective countries or by Islamic centers to which they are associated demonstrate their ability to memorize and recite the Holy Quran.