RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, March 27, 2023 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of the international Quran and Azan competition presented by the Otr Elkalam program, one of the initiatives of the Saudi Arabian General Entertainment Authority, the third episode of the The show witnessed rivalry between European Moroccans in the Saudi Arabian capital Riyadh with humble recitations of the Holy Quran reflecting meaning and relying on extreme precision. On the recitation track, Ahmed Al-Hasnawi from France competed with Mohammed Al-Habti, who lives in Spain, where he leads prayers in a mosque and teaches children the Holy Quran.
Al-Habti, with his voice in keeping with Quranic expressions and verses, qualified for the next stage at the expense of his rival Al-Hasnawi, who had participated in various local and international Quranic competitions in many countries, including Morocco and the United Arab Emirates. Joined.
On the Azán track, Rayan Hawsawi, a Nigerian residing in Mecca, participated in the competition. Hawsawi has a good voice and skilfully imitates the muazzins of the Great Mosque of Mecca. He, like other contestants, dreams of reaching the final of the competition. Electrical engineer Tariq Deeb from Syria also participated in the same track. Deeb began to raise the Azan in some mosques in his country from a very young age. However, he lost to his Nigerian rival, Hawsawi, who qualified for the next phase of the competition.
Otr Elkalam is one of the featured TV shows in the holy month of Ramadan. It combines the skills of reciting the Holy Quran and doing the Azan. It also includes a jury made up of an elite specialized in recitation and maqamat (musical structures).
The episodes of the competition can be seen on the YouTube channel of the program through the link:
It airs daily on MBC1 and the Shahid digital platform. The competition is the largest in terms of the number of contestants and prizes totaling $3.3 million, which is the largest prize money in the history of international competitions of its kind. The first place winner in the Quran recitation track receives $800,000, while the first place winner in the Azan track receives $534,000.
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