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Blind girl wins Quran competition

A blind 16-year-old girl won a prestigious Quran recital competition in Somalia, becoming the first to break into a bastion ruled by boys.

india Updated: Nov 05, 2005 15:11 IST
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A blind 16-year-old girl won a prestigious Quran recital competition in Somalia, becoming the first to break into a bastion ruled by boys, the BBC reported on Friday. Amina Abdul-Majid, who lost her eyesight when she was hit by a bullet during the country’s 14-year-long civil war, was awarded $500 for winning the contest. Religious Affairs Minister Omar Mohammed said her achievement had broken a mould. Abdul-Majid said she hoped to continue her studies and become a renowned Islamic scholar. All 60 participants had to learn the entire Quran by heart as they were asked to recite passages on demand.

First Published: Nov 05, 2005 15:11 IST