Saudi Arabia launches Quran recitation and Adhan competitions for Muslims around the world

Two competitions calling for the “most beautiful and influential voices” from around the world to recite the Quran and perform Adhan have been officially opened by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment. (Supplied)
Updated 22 May 2019

Saudi Arabia launches Quran recitation and Adhan competitions for Muslims around the world

LONDON: Two competitions calling for the “most beautiful and influential voices” from around the world to recite the Quran and perform Adhan have been officially opened by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment, according to a tweet from its chairman Turki Al-Sheikh.

According to a statement on the competition's website, the Quran and Adhan Awards “aim to to provide a rich Islamic experience to the world by highlighting the diversity of the cultures of the Islamic world, which is reflected in the different methods of reciting the Quran and raising the Adhan.”
Organizers of the competitions also hope to encourage a better understanding of the Quran and its recitations among Muslim youth, as well as promoting the nature of Islam which “rejects extremism and intolerance in all its forms.”
Applications for both competitions opened on May 22 and will close on June 22. Filtering of applications will take place until August 22, with live performances taking place throughout August and September and the winners declared in October. Registration is open here.
The competition is part of a packed schedule in 2019. The GEA has launched an ambitious program of events planned on a scale never before seen in the Kingdom in the throughout the year, with traditional and culturally significant local events featuring prominently in the plans.
In January, the GEA chairman Turki Al-Sheikh said: “Competitions are an important element of entertainment, the most important will take place during Ramadan and will be of an Islamic nature, with the supervision of Islamic scholars.
“The first competition will be for the most beautiful reciting of the Holy Qur’an, and competitors from all over the world are invited. The first prize will be SR 5 million.
“The second Islamic competition is for the athan (call for prayer). In addition to receiving a large prize of SR 2 million, the winner of the first prize can also look forward to raising the athan in the Prophet’s Holy mosque,” he added.

 


Saudi governor reviews coronavirus preventive action in Northern Borders region

Northern Borders Region Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz chairs a virtual meeting in Arar on Tuesday. (SPA)
Updated 01 April 2020

Saudi governor reviews coronavirus preventive action in Northern Borders region

  • The governor urged citizens and residents to strictly follow government rules to combat COVID-19

ARAR: Northern Borders Region Gov. Prince Faisal bin Khalid bin Sultan bin Abdul Aziz on Tuesday chaired a virtual meeting in which top officials briefed him about the steps taken to combat the spread of coronavirus in the region. Prince Faisal reviewed the steps taken by government bodies in provinces, measures used to implement decisions, private efforts, preventive action, hygiene and sanitation procedures, and the application of health standards.
The governor also urged the public and government officials not to pay attention to rumors about the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) and asked them to rely only on the Health Ministry and the Saudi Press Agency.
Prince Faisal directed all government agencies to work around the clock to ensure public safety and well-being.
He stressed the need to ensure cleanliness in and around public areas and at food establishments to keep the threat of COVID-19 at bay.
The governor urged citizens and residents to strictly follow government rules to combat COVID-19.
A command and control center has also been established in Arar to monitor the spread of COVID-19 in the region and to take necessary measures according to the ground situation.