News ID: 175920
Published: 0711 GMT January 17, 2017

Iranian village has highest ratio of Qur'an memorizers in world

Iranian village has highest ratio of Qur'an memorizers in world

The village of Qur'anabad near Shiraz, capital of the southern Iranian province of Fars has 63 memorizers of the entire Qur'an.

With a population of 1,200, the village arguably has the highest number of Qur'an memorizers in the world in ratio to its inhabitants, IQNA reported.

In 1996, efforts began to turn the village, then known as Mohammadabad, into a Qur'anic village. At the time, when there was not a single memorizer of the entire Qur'an in Mohammadabad, a number of clerics began to promote the culture Qur'an reading and memorization in the village.

They launched a Qur'anic-cultural institute named 'Bayt al-Ahzan Hazrat Zahra' which started hosting Qur'an reading and memorization courses. Soon the institute developed its activities and now has 165 branches nationwide.

In 2001, a Qur'an memorization school was inaugurated in Mohammadabad and in just one year, seven of its students learned the entire Qur'an by heart.

Not only those from Mohammadabad, but people from nearby villages and towns, and even from other countries such as Afghanistan and Indonesia, registered at the school to memorize the Holy Qur'an.

Some 200 memorizers of the entire Qur'an have graduated from the school, including 63 from Mohammadabad, which is now known as Qur'anabad (the suffix 'abad' means village; hence, Qur'anabad means the village of the Qur'an).

   
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