It began with recitation of verses from the Holy Quran by top winner of the recitation category Seyed Mohammad Lajevardi and playing of Iran’s national anthem.
Then there were a number of speeches delivered by the Defense Ministry officials who said the competition is held with the aim of promoting the Quranic culture and teachings and spreading Quranic activities among the staff and family members.
A total of 110 Quran experts, including prominent Quranic figure like Abbas Emamjome, Nosratollah Hosseini, Ali Akbar Malekshahi, Mohammad Reza Abolqassemi, Karim Dolati, Saleh Atharifard, and Behruz Yarigol were members of the competition’s panel of the arbiters.
The final round, held at the holy shrine of Hazrat Abdul Azim Hassani (AS) in Rey, south of Tehran, was attended by 370 members of the ministry’s staff and conscripts who had the best performance in the preliminary round.
The categories of the contest included Quran recitation, memorization, Tarteel recitation, Quranic concepts and Adhan (call to prayers).
The top winners made it to the nationwide Quran competition for the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Armed Forces.