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President Rouhani honors Quran activists
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President Hassan Rouhani visits the 22nd International Holy Quran Exhibition in Tehran on July 12, 2014 after honoring a number of Iranian Quran activists on the sidelines of the exhibit. Presidential chief of staff Mohammad Nahavandian (1st from left), Culture Minister Ali Jannati (2nd from left), and an unidentified person are also seen in the photo. (ISNA/Amir Kholusi)
President Hassan Rouhani visits the 22nd International Holy Quran Exhibition in Tehran on July 12, 2014 after honoring a number of Iranian Quran activists on the sidelines of the exhibit. Presidential chief of staff Mohammad Nahavandian (1st from left), Culture Minister Ali Jannati (2nd from left), and an unidentified person are also seen in the photo. (ISNA/Amir Kholusi)
TEHRAN – A number of Iranian Quran activists were honored by President Hassan Rouhani during a ceremony on Saturday evening.
 
The ceremony took place in the Sacred Defense Garden Museum, where the 22nd International Holy Quran Exhibition is underway, Persian media reported on Sunday.
 
Speaking at the ceremony, Rouhani called the Quran the major factor for the unity of the Muslims, and said that the life, manner and morality of the Prophet Muhammad (S) and his Household (AS) are the best examples of this unity.
 
The Quran is the path of salvation for all Muslims and God has shown us His Grace by revealing such a Holy Book, he added.
 
Rouhani expressed his gratitude to all the Quran activists who are striving to guide individuals, and said, “One of the great achievements of the Islamic Revolution is the closeness of our youth and their families with the Quran. The encouragements of the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Revolution, Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei, have smoothed the path for the Quran activists”.
 
“Besides all the Quranic activities, our major goal is to make the hearts of individuals familiar with the concepts of the Quran to use them throughout life,” he added.
 
The presidents next handed the awards to the selected Quran activists.
 
Following is the list of the honorees in various categories:
 
Quran teaching: Hushing Baadpa, Abdorreza Abdollahzadeh
 
Quranic research: Mohammad-Ali Lesani Fesharaki
 
Quran recitation: Qasem Raziei
 
Management of Quranic affairs: Nasrollah Chamran
 
Quran memorization: Reza Abedinzadeh
 
Quran calligraphy: Reza Valizadeh
 
Restoration of Quran manuscripts: Ahmad Taleban
 
Publication of the Quran: Ali-Akbar Sharifi
 
Publication of Quranic books: Mehdi Molana
 
Religious films: Manuchehr Mohammadi
 
Quranic research and translation: Hojjatoleslam Hossein Ansarian 
 
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