Bhopal, Oct 19 : A Muslim seminary organised an international Quran recitation competition, 'Kirat-e-Quran', here today to propagate the teachings of the holy book of Islam.
"We organised this competition for the world to know the holy scripture of Quran, a book that has come directly from heaven to bless all of us. The day its importance is lost, it will spell doom for the whole world," said Ansar Ul Hasan Siddiqui, organizer.
Religious reciters known as 'qaris' from across the world took part in the event. They described the competition as a great contribution to the cause of peace, harmony and brotherhood worldwide.
"Islam is a peaceful religion. If such competitions continue, with god's grace the petty animosities and enmity would diminish," said Abul Nabeed Qasmi, a participant.
The scholars lamented that across the world their community has been accused of terrorism and said Islam has always preached the message of peace and harmony.
"To participate in the event one needs to have a very melodious voice, Quran propagates the message of humanity as said by Allah. Whenever such events are organised, it is only to spread these teachings to every nook and corner of the world," said Mohammed Ahmed, a participant from Mumbai.
The participants hoped that with more such competitions, the faith and love among people of various religions would revive.