7th Century Religious Sound Arts Restored in Saudi Arabia in International Competition | News

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, April 12, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Saudi Arabia attends an international competition that tests the sound performance of the recitation of the Holy Quran (Islam’s Holy Book) and the adhan (Islam’s call to prayer). The competition is the first of its kind to have such historical weight.

The competition, launched by the entertainment authority in Saudi Arabia, spotlights two of the world’s most famous and oldest sound arts. The history of Quran recitations and their first recording dates back to the middle of the 7and century of our era. The recitations were narrated by the Prophet Muhammad, and were transmitted by his Companions to their followers, and so on. The same goes for the methods of transmitting the call to prayer.

Since its announcement in 2019, more than 40,000 applicants from 80 countries around the world have participated in this competition. After several qualifications and stages, 36 candidates reached the final. At this stage, the contest is limited to finalists, which include 18 contestants in the recitation of the Holy Quran category and 18 contestants in the call to prayer category.

The competition is aired on the Scent of Speech (Otr Elkalam) program on the official state television during Ramadan. The performance of qualified candidates is subject to the evaluation of a panel of 13 international judges, selected with different specializations in phonetics, language, grammar and others, to ensure that the most beautiful, qualified and most qualified win a total prize pool of $3.2 million.

The winner of the first place with the most beautiful voice in the recitation of the Holy Quran receives $1.3 millionwhile the first place winner in the delivery of the call to prayer receives $533,000. The remaining prize is divided among six other candidates.

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