Rwanda’s Said Dushimiyimana emerged the overall winner of a recent Koran recitation competition held in Gicumbi District.
The youngster beat 47 students from nine African countries who participated in the competition hosted by Rwanda.
Dushimiyimana, who scored 91.1 per cent, was rewarded with Rwf500,000, a Koran and a ticket for the Hajj - the pilgrimage to the holy sites of Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
Speaking during the closure of the fifth edition of the International Koranic Competition (Musabaqat), the Mufti of Rwanda, Sheikh Salim Hitimana, called on participants to translate the memorised Koran verses into useful acts in the society.
“The Koran is the word of God. Students should, therefore, try to put those words into practice so that it changes their lives. If Koran knowledge is blended with scientific knowledge in school, it can be a catalyst for better relationships among people.
“First, one has to know before implementing. That means that after memorising it, you can understand it and start implementing it in your daily life. If you are able to comply with it, you will become a peaceful person matching the true Muslim. You will then be a prosperous and kind person doing activities for self and community development, both for Muslims and non-Muslims,” Hitimana told the students.
The Mufti said the event should be held regularly as it helps make people know the Koran and love it more, adding that the Quran’s key message is to make people live in harmony and peace.
MP Jean-Marie Vianney Gatabazi urged the students to not only memorise the Koran, but also implement its constructive message and have critical thinking to avoid indulging in inhuman acts.
“Muslims should shun any destructive force such as terrorism. Rather engage in activities and projects that promote love, unity, peace and foster security for this country and the world to develop and achieve welfare for all,” he said.
Each participating student received $100 (about Rwf80,000). The winners got additional cash prizes, ranging from Rwf50,000 to Rwf500,000.