Iranian wins top Quran recitation contest in Saudi Arabia

A Saudi and an Iranian have emerged as the massive winners in the Otr Elkalam (Scent of Speech) contest, an international Quran recitation and azan (call to prayer) competition, Arab News mentioned.

Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al-Sharif won SR2 million ($533,000) for finishing first in the azan category, while Iran’s Younis Shahmradi topped the Quran recitation class, receiving SR3 million ($800,000).Shahmradi, who’s in his early twenties, attributed his recitation of the Holy Quran to the influence of renowned Arab reciters consisting of Mohammed Rifaat and Mustafa Ismail. According to Arab News, the jury praised Shahmradi’s recitation as “genius”, mentioning that he possessed a “masterful, balanced voice.”He became specifically influenced by his father, who had an excellent voice and taught him tajwid, mastered the maqamat, and delved into the technology of the Qur’an.Despite now not being fluent in conversational Arabic, Shahmradi’s deep love of Maqam Bayati enabled him to recite verses with passion and pronounce the phrases with distinction. He said that his win might have a main effect at the lives of his dad and mom and spouse and children and become a first-rate honour for him.The very last episode of the televised opposition, known as “Perfumed Speech”, aired on Friday, crowning this yr’s winners.

The display opened with a Quranic recitation with the aid of Yunus Gharbi, the Moroccan contestant who won the opposition’s first edition, observed by means of Mohsen Kara, the winner of ultimate 12 months’s Turkish azan category, appearing the call to prayer.

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