US teen to meet Somali president after Quran recitation win

Minnesota, USA- A Minnesota teenager who became the first American to win a prestigious Qur’an recitation contest will travel to Somalia to meet the country’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.

Ahmed Burhan Mohamed just 17 has become a local celebrity since winning the Dubai International Holy Qur’an award last month. The teenager beat out more than 100 other contestants from around the world.

According to The Star Tribune report Ahmed will travel to Somalia this week after he was invited to travel to the East African country’s to meet the president, who wishes to congratulate the teen.

The US state of Minnesota is home to the largest Somali population in the US.

Mohamed won the prestigious contest after he received a perfect score on his proper pronunciation, voice and style as he recited random verses of the Qur’an from memory.

The Qur’an know for its vast verses, has more than 6 000 of them and is more than 600 pages. He received a trophy and a cash prize worth about $68 000.

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