The contestants of Otr Elkalam (Scent of Speech) completed their last performances in the international Holy Quran recitation and call to prayer competition with a mixture of Hijazi and Andalusian maqams and styles that captured the hearts of viewers, before knowing the winners in the two categories of the Holy Quran recitation and call to prayer in the largest competition of its kind in the world.
The penultimate episode of Otr Elkalam witnessed the rivalry between 8 contestants in reciting verses of the Holy Quran and delivering the call to prayer with the best voices, which were praised by the jury whose members confirmed the improvement of the performance and standards of the contestants who reached the fourth and final stage in the international competition.
There were 4 contestants in the Holy Quran recitation category. The Iranian reciter Seyed Jassem Mousavi presented humble and sad recitations, while the Bahraini reciter Mohammed Mujahid presented quiet and distinctive recitations. The melodious voice of the British contestant Mohammed Ayoub Asif made the Chairman of the Quran Review Committee in Pakistan, member of the jury, Dr. Ahmed Thanvi cry. Finally, the Moroccan Younis Mustafa Gharbi, presented a wonderful Warsh version of Quran recitation, with a mixture of Hijazi and Andalusian styles.
In the call to prayer category, the Saudi contestant Abdul Rahman bin Adel competed with his other Saudi counterpart, Anas Al-Rahili, and two contestants from Turkey, Muhsin Kara and Albijan Celik. The two Saudi contestants presented a wonderful and melodious performance with their Madinah style call to prayer, and the two Turkish contestants presented the call to prayer in a Turkish style.
The final results of the competition are expected to be announced in the 19th episode, which will be broadcast tomorrow on the Saudia TV channel and Shahid platform at 5 pm.
The international Holy Quran recitation and call to prayer competition is among the initiatives of the General Entertainment Authority. More than 40,000 applicants from 80 countries around the world participated in the initial qualifiers, and 36 contestants reached the final qualifiers, with 18 contestants in the recitation category, and 18 others in the call to prayer category.