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Saudi Arabia, Iran secure top spots in Quran competition

Younes Shahmoradi of Iran won the Quran recital portion of the competition and received $800,000 (three million SAR) in prize money. Abdullah al-Faqih of Saudi Arabia took second place, according to SPA on Friday. Al-Faqih took home $50000. (two million SAR).

Mohammad al-Sharif from Saudi Arabia won the category for the call to prayer and received a prize of $500,000. (two million SAR). Diaa al-Din bin Nizar al-Din, an Indonesian competitor, came in second and won one million riyals ($267,000).

Turki al-Sheikh, the head of Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment, gave the winners their prizes. The overall prize fund for the tournament, known as water al-kalam or “perfume of words” in English, was $3,000,000 (12 million SAR), according to SPA.

According to SPA, the programme was started in 2019 by Saudi Arabia’s General Authority for Entertainment to honour “outstanding vocal abilities in Quranic recitation and the call to prayer.”

The programme was presented with six certificates from the Guinness Book of Records during the conclusion. They included acknowledging the call to prayer competitions with the most participants, the Quranic competitions with the most participants, and the call to prayer competitions with the most awards.

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