Iran’s Quran Master, Qari Leave for Croatia to Attend Int’l Quran Contest

TEHRAN (IQNA) – An Iranian Quran master and a prominent Qari were dispatched to Croatia to attend the European country’s first international Quran contest.
Ahmad Abolqassemi and Hadi Movahedamin left Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport for Zagreb on Thursday morning.
Abolqassemi will serve as a member of the competition’s panel of judges while Movahedamin will compete for Iran in the category of recitation.
Reza Nezhad Tabrizi, a prominent Quran memorizer is also expected to join the two in Zagreb later to represent Iran in the contest’s memorization category.
The first international Quran competition of Croatia will kick off later on Thursday with the participation of 45 countries.
In previous years, it used to be held at the regional level for contenders from the countries of the Balkan region.
Croatia is an Eastern European country with a population of around five million.
It declared its independence during the breakup of Yugoslavia in 1991 and was internationally recognized in January 1992.
Roman Catholics represent 86 percent of Croatia’s population, followed by Orthodox Christians at five percent and Muslims at two percent.
On April 27, 1916, the Croatian-Slovenian province of the then Austro-Hungarian Empire held a parliamentary session in which Islam was recognized as equal to Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy.