Ramadan is a time of year where Muslims are meant to rejuvenate their faith. Memorizing the Quran is a considered a pious and worthy thing to do and many memorization competitions are held around the world, especially during Ramadan.
It is believed to be the month during which Mohammed received the Quran (specifically on ‘The Night of Power’). Reading the Quran during Ramadan is strongly encouraged.
The Islamic State put out the following notice advertising the competition in Al-Barakah province in Syria. Links to the chapters of the Quran that have been chosen for the competition are provided (the translation is the Sahih International version). The chapters selected by the Islamic State include some of the most warlike passages in the entire Quran. more