FaceOf: Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla, muezzin of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla
Updated 13 June 2018
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FaceOf: Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla, muezzin of the Grand Mosque in Makkah

JEDDAH: Sheikh Ali Ahmad Mulla has been muezzin (the caller for prayer) of the Grand Mosque in Makkah since 1975. 

He is considered one of the most famous muezzins at the Grand Mosque for the past 40 years and his voice is recognized by most guests that visit the mosque.

Mulla was born in June 1945 in Makkah, and grew up in a family where working as a muezzin is a family tradition. 

His maternal uncle, Hafeez Khoja, his paternal uncle, Abdul Rahman Mulla, and his grandfather, Ahmad Mulla, were all muezzins at the Grand Mosque of Makkah. 

He received Islamic education from a young age, and graduated in 1971 from the artistic education department at the Model Capital Institute in Riyadh. 

He later received his master’s degree in the same field. 

After his graduation, Mulla worked as a teacher at Abdullah ibn Al-Zubair Intermediate School. In 1974 he was officially appointed muezzin at the Grand Mosque. Since then, calling for prayer is his main career, in addition to working in his own business.

Mulla began practicing performing Adhan (prayer call) when he was 13 and practiced the call to prayer from the minaret of Bab Al-Zeyada in the Grand Mosque. 

He moved to the minaret at Bab Al-Mahkma and then became the muezzin for the entire mosque.

In 1979, during the Grand Mosque seizure, Mulla was a witness to the incident where the Adhan stopped in the mosque for 23 days. 

After the siege was lifted he was the first to raise the Adhan of Maghrib prayer (sunset prayer) in the Grand Mosque, and King Khalid attended the prayer.


Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

Updated 41 min 26 sec ago
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Saudi Arabia gears up for live music festival during E-Prix race

  • International and Arab musicians are set to perform
  • The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah

DUBAI: Saudi Arabia will be hosting a three-day music festival during the Saudia Ad Diriyah E-Prix in December.

International and Arab musicians are set to perform for fans to celebrate the first staging of the Formula E race.

The event will be held at the UNESCO heritage site of Ad Diriyah where six major artists will be performing each night from December 13, 14 and after the race itself on December 15.

“The ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix is set to be the hottest ticket in town for so many reasons, from breath-taking electric racing, to entertainment, to culture. Soon everyone will find out who is coming, and we can promise a festival of music that offers fans, friends and families an unmissable experience,” Vice-Chair of the Saudi Arabia General Sports Authority, Prince Abdulaziz Bin Turki Al-Faisal, said.

“We suggest fans avoid the rush by getting your ticket now to avoid disappointment after the names are released,” he added.