The final stage of judging the works submitted to the Secretariat of the World Prize 114 was held on Monday evening, July 26, 2021 in a meeting of seven judges of the festival in the meeting hall of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly of in Qom.
At the beginning of the meeting, Hossein Asadi, Chairman of the Jury of the, said, “The 22 works submitted to the World Prize 114, have reached the final stage after going through various stages of judging, and the selected works will be determined by points of the judges in the final stage. These works will be announced at the closing ceremony of the World Prize 114 soon.”
It should be mentioned that by the initiative of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, the call for participate in First World Prize 114 was issued on April 9, 2020 (Coincided with 15 Sha’ban 1441) to select the best media productions and Quranic activities of the followers of the AhlulBayt (a.s.). After receiving more than 500 works and Quranic activities from different countries of the world, and passing the preliminary and semi-final evaluation stages in the secretariat, the festival has approached its final stage.
“For the first time, the World Prize 114 was established by the Deputy for International Affairs of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly for the promotion-propagation purposes. The purpose of this award is to pave the way for the production of Quranic works and to encourage missionaries to promote the Quran in all parts of the world. The call for the First World Prize 114 was issued on April 9, 2020 (Coincided with 15 Sha’ban 1441), and so far, 510 works from different countries have been submitted to the World Prize 114 Secretariat in the form of face-to-face and virtual Quranic activities, and production and distribution of Quranic works in areas such as radio production, podcasts, photo-text, and video,” he continued.
“Holding Quranic promotion-propagation activities such as reciting Quran juzʼs and Quranic education class will refresh the atmosphere of Shiite communities,” added the chairman of the jury of the World Prize 114.
“In the Secretariat of the World Prize114, these works were judged in two stages of preliminary and semi-final screening, and 22 works in different categories reached the final stage as candidates. In the final judging session, the selected works will be introduced for a few minutes and then the judges will present their opinions. Then, each judge gives between 0 and 14 points to each work. Finally, by adding these points, the final works will be introduced at the closing ceremony,” Asadi added, announcing that the number of works submitted to the Secretariat of the World Prize 114, is 510.
“In cooperation with other institutions, it is planned that the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, will establish Club 114. This club will help increase the knowledge and synergy of those who want to work on the production and promotion of Quranic content,” he mentioned.
Following the meeting, Dr. Edgardo Rubin (Soheil As’ad), one of the World Prize 114 Judges, said, “The holding of such awards by the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly is effective in reviving the teachings of the Quran, and I was impressed to see the works submitted to the Secretariat of the World Prize 114. Once, the Holy Quran was abandoned in the Islamic world. But after 40 years of the revival of the Holy Quran by the Islamic Republic of Iran, even works from Mexico are submitted to the World Prize 114, or a girl active in the Quranic field, only 12 years old, has 300,000 viewers in social media, which is a source of honor.”
Hojat al-Islam Hossein Soleimani, another judge of the World Prize 114, also stated, “Like other fields and activities, there are unknown Quranic talents and communities among Shiites in the world. In the meantime, we do not even know 10% of them. These communities work in low profile. But the important point is that there should be networking between them, and these communities should be interconnected and provide more comprehensive performance by providing training to them.”
In the final judging session, considering the establishment of this award as a blessed and appropriate action, Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Ali Moeinian, one of the judges of the World Prize 114, stated, “This Prize was started with the efforts of our friends, and in the AhlulBayt (a.s.) World Assembly, we succeeded in serving to establish the World Prize, and despite the limited time, it was very well received.”
“Some major Quranic communities in various countries were not informed of the World Prize 114. We must work to resolve this shortcoming in the future. This award has blessings that we will see in the years to come,” he continued.
Dr. Rahim Khaki, another judge of the World Prize 114, also said, “This Prize can encourage teenagers and young people for Quranic activities. It is necessary to commemorate those who work in the field of the Quran in the world. The World Prize 114 has the potential to become an international Prize, and I hope that it will be continued in the coming years.”
It should be mentioned that in the section of Quranic institutes, 12 institutes from different countries reached the final competition of World Prize 114 and judging. These institutes include Sabil Al-Quran Institute from India, Tratil Al-Fajr Institute from Saudi Arabia, Kitab Al-Rahman Institute from Saudi Arabia, Dar Al-Sayedah Roghayeh from Saudi Arabia, the Nun Institute from Yemen, the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Center from Mexico, Jamiat Nasim from Albania, Nadi al-Quran from Lebanon, the Assembly of the AhlulBayt (a.s.) from Iraq, Dar al-Quran and Al-Itrah from Kuwait, the Islamic Publishing House and the AhlulBayt (a.s.) Center from Portugal.
Also, in the individual section, 10 people from different countries of the world reached the final stage of judging of the World Prize 114. These people are: Fatemeh Ra’ad from the United States, Hussein Ibrahim Shamsuddin from Lebanon, Abdullah Ali Abdullah Shamsan from Bahrain, Ali Abu al-Khair from Egypt, Dmitry Kostov from Russia, Sayedeh Umm Farwah Ali from Britain, Abrar Hussein Golgati from Pakistan, Masoumeh Farzand Jamiz Akayev from Azerbaijan, Janan Ahmed from Australia and Muna Nizar Ahmad Hassan Ibrahim from Iraq.
Hossein Asadi from Iran, Sheikh Jalal Hamido from Tanzania, Sheikh Hassan Al-Mansouri from Iraq, Dr. Edgardo Rubin (Soheil As’ad) from Argentina, Hojat al-Islam Hossein Soleimani, Hojat al-Islam Mohammad Ali Moeinian, and Dr. Rahim Khaki from the Islamic Republic of Iran were judges of the final stage of the World Prize 114.