Maldivian schoolgirl wins second place in Egypt’s 18th International Quran Competition

A 12 year-old Maldivian girl has come second in the 18th International Quran Competition, held in Egypt, after successfully memorising six books of the Quran.

Haveeru reported that Rifdha Mohamed Rasheed, competed against adults in the two round non-Arab section, placing first in the first round and second in the second round.

The youngest of 100 participants from 68 countries, Rifdha was presented with 20,000 Egyptian pounds (US$3500) in prize money by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak for her accomplishment.

The fifth grade student at Arabiyya School told Haveeru she would like to compete again to gain first place.