Published on April 17th, 2013
Muslim children around the world are encouraged to memorize the Quran, the Muslim holy book. Many Muslims believe they will go to heaven when they die if they memorize the entire book. The Quran contains about 6,200 verses.
Quran reciting contests are held in many countries. Every year Muslims from more than 80 countries meet in the United Arab Emirates for a big competition.
Onstage contestants are shown on large screens so the audience can see them better. Some spectators take cell phone videos of the reciters. Top reciters are highlighted on YouTube. The winner of the contest gets 250,000 dirhams, which is more than $60,000 in U.S. money.
Judges recite a verse from anywhere in the Quran. Contestants then recite the following verse and several after it from memory. Reciters are judged not only for how well they have memorized the verses, but if they recite it in the right tone of voice and with proper pronunciation. All the verses are recited in Arabic, even by contestants who come from countries where Arabic is not the main language.
In the following (fictional) skit, a Christian boy is challenged to learn more about his own faith and God’s Word after meeting some Muslim children.
Read a chart comparing the Quran and the Bible.