27th Quran contest opens in Iran

The competition is held annually on reciting and memorizing the Holy Quran.

Reciting the Quran with correct pronunciation is a delicate art and memorizing the holy book is also considered very important to Muslims.

This year, more than 90 representatives from 60 countries are taking part in the event, which is also considered an opportunity to further strengthen relationships among Muslims around the world.

In the opening ceremony on Friday, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad delivered a speech, calling on Muslims to seek salvation in the Holy Quran.

"The Quran is the book of universe … and the way to salvation and perfection," President Ahmadinejad said.

The Iranian chief executive further pointed out that the Holy Quran was the only way to justice and out of negligence.

The 27th international competition of the Holy Quran will end on July 14.

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