Qur’an Reciter Sheikhs Council holds 2nd meeting in Saudi Arabia

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Updated 20 March 2018

Qur’an Reciter Sheikhs Council holds 2nd meeting in Saudi Arabia

JEDDAH: The second meeting of the Reciter Sheikhs Council was held on Tuesday, with the participation of elite reciters from around the world.
It was chaired by Dr. Mohammed bin Abdul Karim Al-Issa, secretary-general of the Muslim World League.
Famous Saudi reciter Abdullah Basfar expressed on the council’s behalf his thanks for the efforts of the king and crown prince in serving the Holy Qur’an.
“The Kingdom is a beacon for moderation and temperance, and by hosting this meeting, it establishes itself as the server of Islam and humanity as a whole,” he said.
Al-Issa said serving the Holy Qur’an is a major characteristic of the Kingdom, which will continue to support its memorization.
Those who memorize it “will carry the flag of the Holy Qur’an on every occasion and situation,” he added.
Council members were briefed on a report on memorization programs implemented by various bodies and institutions in Islamic countries, and the requirements for developing them. They also discussed the recommendations of a workshop on the council’s work.


Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

The group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons. (Photo/Supplied)
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Passionate Saudi musicians Jwa ready to take the world by storm

  • Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25
  • The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together

RIYADH: The music scene in the Kingdom is exploding, with young, talented Saudis taking full advantage of the developments in the country by showcasing their talent.
 In a limited time, young Saudi musicians have proven that they are equal to any other young cohort of musicians anywhere in the world.
 One of those talents is a young band from Dhahran, Jwa. Currently performing locally in Riyadh, Jeddah and other cities in the Eastern Province, the group has plans to perform in Jordan, Egypt, Dubai and Bahrain, as it awaits the release of its first album before exploring new horizons.
 The band, formed in 2018, is composed of Methgal Al-Shammari on drums, Mohammad Al-Nahas (bass and vocals), Arkan Al-Zahrani (guitar), Mansour Al-Gallaf (guitar) and Fawaz Baasem (keyboard).
They have had two local hit singles, “Ya Safina” and “Min Jadeed.” Methgal and Mohammad, the founders of Jwa, say that at first they “performed at numerous local events and parties” across the Kingdom. It did not take them long to become popular among Saudis.

FASTFACTS

• Jwa was formed in 2018.

• Since its launch it has two local hit singles.

• The band’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.

The word “jwa” in Arabic means the “highest levels of passion and love,” which embodies how the quintet feel about Indie music — the thing that brought them together.
However, they have faced many challenges in the last two years. Methgal and Mohammad said initially a “lack of support for independent bands” and “weakness of the nurturing music environment” within the country halted their progress.
However, due to the steps taken by the General Entertainment Authority, bands like Jwa have become able to make their voices and music heard. In the future, they are looking to go international, to “make their band known not only to different regions of Saudi Arabia but also abroad to gain more momentum and attraction.”
Jwa’s first album is due to be released on Feb. 25.