Quran recitation and call to prayer competition

Muslims voices are unified from all around the islamic world raising the call to prayer (Adhan) and reciting verses from the holy Quran in aesthetics, precised and special voices and maqamat.
‏To spread the holy Quran knowledge and glorify the call to prayer through #OtrElkalam competition
‏And to raise the competitive soul between the contestants whom gifted with the best voices, reciting and maqamat talents.

The goal of the Competition

The competition, which began its early stages in 2019, aims to highlight the beautiful voices in reciting the Holy Quran and raising the call to prayer. It is also part of the initiatives of the General Entertainment Authority that seek to highlight talents in their fields. This competition specifically stems from the principle of glorifying the Holy Quran and the call to prayer and highlighting the aesthetics of the voices and maqamat (a system of scales, habitual melodic phrases, modulation possibilities, ornamentation norms, and aesthetic conventions) for Quran reciters and muezzins.

Competition prizes

The total value of the competition prizes amounts to SAR 12 million ($3.2 million), which is the largest prize in the world in this field.
The prizes for the best Quran recitation are divided as follows: first-place SAR 5 million ($ 1.33 million), second-place SAR 2 million ($ 533,000), third-place SAR 1 million ($ 266,000), and fourth-place SAR 500,000 ($ 133,000). The prizes for the best call to prayers are divided as follows: first-place SAR 2 million ($ 533,000), second place SAR 1 million ($ 266,000), third-place SAR500,000 ($ 133,000), and fourth-place SAR 250,000 ($ 66,500). 

Competition criteria and jury members

Since its launch in 2019, the competition has been distinguished by its precise criteria and its jury that enhance competitiveness through stages and qualifiers through which qualified talents reach the final stages. The committee is made up of a specialized team in Quranic competitions, including the muezzins of the Two Holy Mosques, the world’s top reciters, and renowned international competition assessors.
There are 12 jury members in the first phase of the competition, in addition to the presence of the Secretary-General of the competition in its second phase, which makes it the largest jury in the history of Quranic competitions. This reflects the universality, enormity and importance of the competition. All members of the jury specialize in particular areas, including specialists in the call to prayer, the recitations, and maqamat. They all work to evaluate the contestants according to precise and clear criteria that ensure equal opportunities for all contestants.

Division of contestants

The General Entertainment Authority made it possible for all contestants from all over the world to participate in the competition through simple and easy registration procedures that did not require travel. The participants went through four online qualifiers before they reached the final stages, which will be shown in the (Otr Elkalam) TV show.
36 contestants from both tracks (Quran recitation and the call to prayer) qualified for the final stages, with 18 contestants for each track. The competition takes place during the episodes of the TV show until the finalists qualify for the last episode, which will be broadcast live on Ramadan 19, 1443 AH, in which the winners of the competition will be crowned. 

Competition stages

The first stage
6 episodes, in which 36 reciters and muezzins compete, and one contestant comes out as a quarter-finalist of each episode.
The second stage (the quarter-final)
6 episodes, in which 18 reciters and muezzins compete, and one contestant comes out as a semi-finalist of each episode.
The third stage (the semi-final)
Two episodes, in which 12 reciters and muezzins compete, and one contestant comes out as a finalist of each episode.
The last stage (the final)
An episode in which the first four places in each track, four reciters and four muezzins, compete.

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