Iranian Contestant Grabs Top Prize at Quran Recital Competition in S. Arabia
TEHRAN (FNA)- Iranian reciter Younes Shah Moradi seized the top spot in the recitation category at an international Quranic competition in Saudi Arabia and was awarded a prize of $800,000, followed by Abdulaziz Al-Faqih from Saudi Arabia in second place.
Shah Moradi secured first place in the recitation category in the second edition of the Quranic contest Etr Al-kalam, the perfume of words in English, and was awarded a prize of $800,000 (three million Saudi Arabian Riyals) on Friday.
Shah Moradi, who was among the four Quran reciters advancing to the final round of the Quranic event, outperformed Al-Faqih in second place, who won $500,000 (two million Saudi Arabian Riyals). Moroccan contestants Zakariya Al-Zirak and Abdullah Al-Dughri came in third and fourth.
In the call to prayer category, contestants from Saudi Arabia, Indonesia, Lebanon, and Britain respectively won the top four titles.
The televised competition was organized by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment in 2019 to celebrate exceptional vocal talents in Quranic recitation and the call to prayer.
The second edition of the Quarnic contest was launched on the first day of the holy fasting month of Ramadan on March 23.
This year’s competition attracted 50,000 Muslim entrants from more than 100 countries at the qualifying stage. Of the 2,116 contestants who made the cut, 36 participants (18 in Quran recitation section and 18 specializing in the call to prayer) advanced to the final stages.
The Quranic event, one of the most popular Ramadan programs in the kingdom with a huge following in the Muslim world, had a total prize pool of $3,000,000 (12 million Saudi Arabian Riyals).