By Jamal Fulani | Assalam | 04 Dec 2012
Bilal Abdulkhalikov, 14 years old boy from Dagestan won International Quran recitation competition held from 27 Nov - 05 Dec 2012 in Bahrain.
In Makhachkala airport the winner was received by Abdulla Yaikbaev, chief editor of Assalam and Muhammad Zahid Sadikov, rector of Institute of Theology and International Relations, with a large group of relatives and friends.
Bilal who hails from Novy Kostek, Khasavyurt began memorising Quran at the age of 7 and by 11 has completed its memorisation.
In an interview to our correspondent Bilal said that 48 participants from all over the Islamic World took part in the competition. The youngest competitor was 10 years old, and the eldest was 30.
"We were expecting to be among the top ten finalists," Bilal's father Muhammad said.
"Alhamdulillah, my son representing Russia won the first prize in the competition and we are very proud of him," he added.
"We want him to be a good alim and master Arabic language, and we plan to enrol him in a good Islamic university," the father said.
This is not his first competition title, earlier this year Bilal won Moscow Internatioanal Quran recitation competition and many other regional competitions.