Call to Prayer: Muezzins of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
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There are 20 main muezzins and four trainees at the Grand Mosque in Makkah, Saudi Arabia. (SPA)
Updated 12 June 2018
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Call to Prayer: Muezzins of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: Calls to prayer heard from the Grand Mosque known as Masjid Al-Haram resonate across Makkah every day.
The pilgrims and people of Makkah are able to recognize the voice of every muezzin, the man whose voice can be heard calling Muslims to prayer via loud speakers at the top of each mosque's minarets.
Saudi state news agency SPA, spoke to the muezzin of Masjid Al-Haram, Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla. He is considered one of the most famous muezzins at the Grand Mosque for the past 40 years.
He said there are 20 main muezzins at the mosque and four trainees.
Mulla said every muezzin has his own style, they call to prayer and recite after the imam whilst praying the five obligatory prayers,  as well as the Tarwaeeh and funeral prayers.
There is always a substitute muezzin in case of absence or emergency.
Mulla, named as the Sheikh of Muezzins, has worked at the Grand Mosque since 1975.
His unique voice is recognized by most guests that visit the masjid in Makkah.
At the age of 14, Mulla practiced the call to prayer from the minaret of Bab Al-Zeyada in the Grand Mosque. Then he moved to the minaret at Bab Al-Mahkma, and after a period of time, he became the muezzin for the entire mosque.
Mulla said they use a calendar-type clock according to Makkah’s local time in order to call for prayer at the exact times.
He said such modern inventions have contributed to advancing these matters, adding that the greatest modern tools are being applied to the Grand Mosque to facilitate tasks.


Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

Updated 23 April 2019
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Saudi Arabia welcomes US decision on Iran oil sanction waivers

  • The Saudi minister said Iran uses state income to finance their dangerous policies
  • Saudi Arabia will work with other oil producing countries to stabilize international market

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia has welcomed US Foreign Minister Mike Pompeo’s announcement that waivers on the sanctions on Iranian oil exports will be lifted, Saudi state agency SPA reported.

Saudi Arabia believes the US decision is a necessary step to pressure the Iranian government to stop jeopardizing peace and end their global support for terrorism, the Saudi Foreign Minister, Ibrahim bin Abdulaziz Al-Assaf, said.

The Iranian regime uses the country’s income to finance dangerous policies without any consideration for international law, the minster added.

International pressures on Iran must continue until it stops interfering in the domestic affairs of other countries, he stressed.

Saudi Arabia will continue their strict adherence to the policies, which aim to stabilize international markets, and will not produce oil beyond the balance, Al-Assaf said.

The Kingdom will cooperate with other oil producing countries to produce enough oil for consumers, he added.