According to Qaaf news agency, it was organized by the Center of Quranic Sciences affiliated to the Intellectual, Cultural and Religious Affairs Section of the shrines’ custodianships.
The opening ceremony of the competition was held at Saafi Safa (Atheeb Al-Yamani) shrine in Najaf.
It was addressed by Seyyed Hashim Al-Awadi, head of the Cultural and Religious Office of the Shia holy shrines, who said that an objective of the competition was to highlight the role of the shrines in promotion of Quranic activities.
He added that the shrines should have a special Quran reciter and memorizer who can represent the holy places at international Quran sessions and competitions.
Abdul Hassan Shanun, custodian of the Saafi Safa shrine and Ayad Al-Ka’bi, representative of the competition’s jury panel, were the other speakers at the program.
The competition was held for 60 Quran reciters and memorizers.
Wasam Abdulkarim Hajim from the holy shrine of Seyyed Salih ibn Ali Al-Hadi in Basrah, Zargham Jihadi Al-Shibli from the holy shrine of Saafi Safa and Heydar Mohsin Al-Bazuni from the holy shrine of Ali ibn Yaqtin in Basrah won the first to the third ranks respectively in Quran recitation category of the competition.
The three winners in memorization category, were Wail Abdul Ghafour from the holy shrine of Ali ibn Yaqtin, Rasul Mahdi Matlak from the holy shrine of Bakr ibn Ali in Babil and Amir Shakir from the holy shrine of Nabiullah Ayyub in Babil.