President Joko Widodo and Syamsuri Firdaus at the State Palace in Central Jakarta on Tuesday. (Antara Photo/Akbar Nugroho Gumay)

Best Quran Reciter in the World Is From Indonesia


MAY 30, 2019

Syamsuri Firdaus, a qori (Quran reciter) from Bima, West Nusa Tenggara, won the 7th International Musabaqah Tilawatil Quran (Quran recital competition) in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 20-25. 

Syamsuri, an Arabic Studies student at the University of Indonesia beat qoris from 68 other countries to win the title and was singled out for a special praise by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo held an audience with the 20-year-old at the State Palace in Jakarta on Tuesday to present him with gifts and a prize money. Syamsuri said he will use the money to send his parents the hajj. 

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