Members of the jury reacted passionately to the distinguished performance of the contestant Abdul Rahman bin Adel in the call to prayer category of the quarter-finals of the international Holy Quran and call to prayer competition. The performance re-energized the muezzin of the Grand Mosque, Ahmed Nahhas and made the imam of the Grand Mosque in Kuwait, Sheikh Mishary Al-Afasy, cry. All members of the jury reacted favorably and praised Abdul Rahman bin Adel’s performance and style in delivering the call to prayer.
With his melodious call to prayer, Abdul Rahman bin Adel qualified for the semi-finals. His Egyptian competitor, Mahmoud Ali Hilal, left a special impression that was well received by the specialized jury, but he lost and bid farewell to the competition.
In the Holy Quran recitation category, the viewers and the jury were divided in their support of the two Moroccan contestants, Abdullah Barkady and Ahmed Al-Khalidi. The Moroccan member of the jury, Dr. Abdel Rahim El-Nabulsi, expressed his admiration for the excellent recitations of both contestants before nominating one of them, in line with the competition system, which stipulates that each member can vote for one contestant only.
Al-Khalidi, imam of the Al-Andalus Mosque, who reads the Quran with his fingers through Braille, passed to the semi-finals, while Barkady left the competition, after a distinguished performance that impressed the viewers and jury members, who confirmed his excellence in the first and second stages of the competition.
The Holy Quran and call to prayer competition is one of the international initiatives of the General Entertainment Authority, which aims to glorify the Holy Quran and the call to prayer and highlight the aesthetics of the voices of reciters and muezzins. The competition is shown on Otr Elkalam (Scent of Speech) TV show at 5 pm on the Saudia channel and Shahid platform.