The International Quran and Adhan (Muslim call for prayer) Competition released the names of the jury for its final qualifiers, which will be presented to viewers in the Otr Elkalam show during Ramadan. The jury consists of five members of the top elites specialized in Quran recitation, maqamat (musical structures) and voices. Jury members will evaluate the contestants and help them raise their level of performance during the stages of the competition, which is the largest of its kind in the world.
In addition to the main Jury, Sheikh Adil Al-Kalbani will be the general supervisor of the competition, and Dr. Fahad Al-Andas will be its secretary general. There will also be many teams specialized in organizing local and international Quranic competitions.
Dr. Al-Andas holds an MA in Quran recitations and calligraphy and a Ph.D. with honors in verses of rulings from Imam Mohammed bin Saud Islamic University. He was a professor of the Holy Quran and its sciences at Prince Sattam University and has previous experience in arbitration and supervision of international Holy Quran competitions. Sheikh Al-Kalbani is a famous reciter in Saudi Arabia. He spent most of his life as an imam at King Khalid Mosque in Riyadh. He has licenses in many recitations and noble hadiths of the Prophet. He was a student of Sheikh Abdullah bin Jibreen and Sheikh Hussein bin Ghanem and learned the science of Islamic duties at the hands of Dr. Mustafa Muslim, and he was an imam in Tarawih prayers at the Grand Mosque in 1429 AH / 2008 AD.
The competition jury comprises academics and experts in Quranic studies and sciences, including Sheikh Mishari bin Rashed Alafasy, a well-known reciter and imam of the Grand Mosque in Kuwait, Dr. Abdul Rahim Nabulsi, Secretary-General of Recitation and Reciters Complex, and Professor of the Recitation Chair in Morocco.
From Libya, the jury includes Bahloul Saeed Abu Arqoub, an expert in maqamat and judge in international Quranic competitions. He has taught the Holy Quran at the Libyan Ministry of Endowments for more than 35 years. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Sharia sciences and an MA degree in financial accounting.
The jury also includes the muezzin of the Grand Mosque of Makkah, Sheikh Ahmed Nahas. He holds a degree in Adhan and is a memorizer of the Holy Quran. He worked as a muezzin and imam in many mosques in Makkah. He also participated in the inauguration of many mosques with several imams of the Two Holy Mosques in many countries.
Sheikh Ahmed Mansour from Egypt is also a member of the jury. He is the leading reciter of Al-Azhar Mosque and a member of the Quran revision in Al-Azhar. He has a license in the ten minor and major recitations.
The committee also includes academics and specialists who develop and update the evaluation mechanism with each new stage. They raise the evaluation criteria in line with the stages that the contestants reach sequentially in the final qualifiers, which will be shown daily during Ramadan on the MBC channel and the Shahid platform.
The competition aims, by diversifying its evaluation committee, to enhance the spirit of transparency and impartiality according to the standards of the competition, which is the largest of its kind in the history of Quranic competitions in several aspects, including the number of participants and the value of prizes, in addition to combining adhan and recitation in one competition.