30th Annual Quran Competition started in Makkah

Saudi Gazette – Qur’an competition starts Sept. 13 in Makkah

The 7-day 30th annual Qur’an competition is set to start in Makkah from Sept. 13. The competition, started 30 years ago, aims to teach the participants from around the world how best to read the Holy Book and comprehend its meanings and the laws laid down by the Almighty.

The participants at the competition, organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, will also get a chance to visit several areas around the holy city of Makkah including the factory that produces the Kiswa (the Ka’ba cover), a museum of the Two Holy Mosques and Makkah Club for Culture and Art, said Ahmad Al-Nwawi, head of the ministry’s public relations department in Makkah.

Muslims can read, listen to Quran on LG television

IHT – Muslims can read, listen to Quran on LG television

LG Electronics Inc. said Tuesday it has marketed a new large-screen plasma display television in the Middle East that allows users to both read and listen to the Quran, the Muslim holy book.

Quranic verses can be read on screen and listened to via software embedded in the TV. All 114 chapters of the holy book are included and up to 10 pages can be bookmarked via remote control, LG said.

LG said in a release that the TV, which comes in 42 inch and 50 inch versions, is the first of its kind in the world. The company began selling it in conjunction with the Islamic holy month of Ramadan, which started at the beginning of September.

LG said it decided to offer the product after learning through a survey that many Muslims listened to the Quran via their home theater systems and that ratings for radio broadcasts of the holy book were high.

…The company also said that the TV, which comes with a 160-gigabyte hard disk drive, can record 40 soccer games and 30 movies.

Tarjoman-e Vahy Center Receives 1st Translation of Quran into Hungarian

IQNA – Tarjoman-e Vahy Center Receives 1st Translation of Quran into Hungarian

Abdulrahman Mihalefi, the translator of the Quran into Hungarian, donated the copy during a session held Friday night at the 16th international holy Quran exhibition in Tehran’s grand Mosalla (prayer hall).

In an interview, he told IQNA that when completed in 1986, his translation was denied publication in Hungary- then a Communist state- and he could only mange to publish it in Pakistan in 1991.

KSA: Saudis top three categories of King Abdul Aziz Quran Competition

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Prince Khaled gave away prizes for the winners of the competition. Saudi contestants bagged first prizes in three of the total five categories of the competition. Several dignitaries, including the Saudi Grand Mufti Sheikh Abdul Aziz Alu AlSheikh, the Minister for Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance Sheikh Saleh bin Abdul Aziz Al-Sheikh, and Abdul Aziz Al Subaiheen, secretary general of the competition committee attended the function. In his speech, Prince Khaled Al Faisal called upon the Muslims and the participants of the competition to spread the message of the Holy Quran all over the world.

… As many as 151 contestants, representing several countries and Islamic centers and societies from around the world, participated part in the seven-day event, which was organized by the Ministry of Islamic Affairs, Endowments, Call and Guidance. The competition for the memorization, recitation, intonation and interpretation of the Holy Qur’an was conducted in five categories. Saudi Arabia’s Osama bin Ali Al Ganem bagged first prize in the first category for the memorization of Quran in full with recitation and interpretation of meanings. He was presented with a prize money of SR 75,000. The second winner Muhamamd Nabeel Ahmad of Egypt got SR 72,000. The next three winners in this category are Abdul Ilah Hazei of Yemen (SR69,000), Murtaza Dabbagh of Nigeria (SR66,000), and Muhammad Al Hussein of Lebanon (SR63,000).

Abdullah Shaloula of Saudi Arabia won first prize in the second category for memorization in full with recitation (prize money SR 55,000), while the first prize winner in the third category for memorization of 20 parts with recitation is Osama Yusuf of Taiwan (SR 40,000). The topper in the fourth category for memorization of 10 parts with recitation is Eisa Al Sobhi of Saudi Arabia (SR 25,000) whereas the first prize winner in the fifth category for memorization of five parts with recitation is Sufyan Haneef of South Africa (SR10,000).

Malaysia To Sign MoU With Russia To Develop Space Industry

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Malaysia will be signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Russian space agency Roscosmos to develop the country’s aerospace industry. Science, Technology and Innovations Minister Datuk Seri Dr Jamaludin Jarjis said that in an earlier meeting Friday between Deputy Prime Minister Datuk Seri Najib Tun Razak and representatives of the Russian government, Najib had welcomed Roscosmos’s proposal to enter into an MoU with the Malaysian Space Agency to develop Malaysia’s aerospace industry.

He said the MoU also covered the agreement to train and send another Malaysian astronaut, Mejar Dr Faiz Khaleed, into space in either 2010 or 2011.”My ministry is currently finalising the MoU and once the discussion with Roscosmos has been finalised, we’ll take it to the Cabinet probably by early next year.

…Elaborating on the alliance, Jamaludin gave the example of Russia’s invitation for Malaysia to participate in its Global Orbiting Navigation Satellite System (GLONASS). GLONASS, operated by the Russian Space Forces, is a system that uses radio signals to locate people and vehicles on and above the surface of the earth. Its United States counterpart is the Global Positioning System (GPS). He said that Russia had also offered launchers to send Malaysia’s communications satellite into space, as well as assistance with Razaksat, Malaysia’s remote sensing satellite. He added that a ceremony would be held next week in recognition of Malaysia’s first astronaut Dr Sheikh Muszaphar Shukor Sheikh Mustapha and future Malaysian astronaut Dr Faiz.

UAE: Sheikh Mohammad calls for knowledge initiatives

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His Highness Shaikh Mohammad Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, graced the opening of The Knowledge Conference in Dubai on Sunday.Shaikh Mohammad talked about the latest developments and challenges surrounding the initiatives the UAE is undertaking to promote knowledge in Arab and Islamic worlds.

He urged leaders and residents to promote knowledge in order to face “the challenge” of eradicating unemployment and “finding 80 million job opportunities during the next decade”. “As you know, last May I announced the establishment of the Foundation with an endowment of $10 billion to fund knowledge projects in both Arab and Islamic worlds.

Making Makkah safe for pilgrims

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Fatal crushes often occur during the annual hajj pilgrimage to Mecca, sometimes killing hundreds of people. Now German researchers using traffic-modelling software have re-organized the ritual to make it safer for pilgrims. ..Following the 2006 catastrophe, authorities had the old bridge torn down. They have plans for a new and even larger one. In the future, the stoning ritual will take place on four different levels as well as on the ground. The planned construction will be larger than Berlin’s central train station, with emergency exit tunnels, helicopter landing pads and a conveyor belt by which to remove the falling pebbles. Two years earlier, the pillars had already — with the approval of religious scholars — been enclosed in elliptical concrete walls, in order to increase the area available for stoning. Once completed, the bridge will hold as many as 5 million pilgrims.

…The project of making Mecca safe necessarily involved a clash of cultures. Germans and Arabs, imams and generals, civil servants, physicists and engineers were all involved. “A lot of persuasion was needed,” says an employee of the Saudi Arabian Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs who coordinated the measures. But the goal was the same for all the parties concerned: Getting people from A to B and back again, safely.

…Anders Johansson, a Muslim himself, had travelled back to Mecca. His computer program was counting the pilgrims on his monitors.The Germans were met with a few small surprises in the city of pilgrims: An unusually large number of people had arrived that year. The second day of the hajj happened to be a Friday, which increases the date’s religious significance…