UAE expels Somali from Ramadan competition over Qatar
Somalia representative expelled from Quran competition and deported due to Somalia neutrality over Gulf crisis.
Mordechai Sones, 14/06/17 12:57
Arab news site Middle East Eye bemoans that a competition held during Ramadan for Muslims who have memorised the Quran should be thought above politics. “Apparently not,” concludes the site.
Emirati authorities Monday expelled a Somali who was taking part in the annual competition, which takes place in Dubai, after Somalia refused to break ties with Qatar in the ongoing Gulf dispute, reports MEE.
The Dubai International Holy Quran Award is given annually and is sponsored by Dubai’s government. The prize for first, second, and third place, respectively, is AED 250,000 ($68,000), AED 200,000 ($54,000) and AED 150,000 ($40,800).
Ismail Madar, considered a favourite to win, was told he couldn’t continue to compete as a representative for Somalia. Madar said he was expecting to come first or second in the competition, saying that “unfortunately they punished me”. He was allegedly given 10 minutes to leave the premises of the competition.
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