Posted on June 24, 2019

Qatar National Library has announced the winners of the second annual “Beautiful Athan Contest”, which was held in May to coincide with the Holy Month of Ramadan.

The contest for the most beautiful Athan (Islamic call to prayer), was open to all community members, and received an overwhelming response of over 134 entries. Recordings submitted by contestants were judged on the basis of correct Arabic pronunciation and vocal harmony. The contest highlighted the importance of the Athan in Islam; the delivery of the call in a soothing, pleasing tone is regarded as important in drawing Muslims to mosques for prayer. The three winners included: Ahmad Abdul Rahman Al-Emadi, program producer at Al Jazeera, infirst placeMoaz Mohamed Al-Louh, an administrative manager, insecond place, and Ahmad Abdul Sattar, a high school student, in third place.

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"I entered the competition after a friend encouraged me to participate.It was an enjoyable and easy experience for me," said Al-Emadi. "The competition criteria made the contest accessible to everyone." High school student, Ahmad Abdul Sattar, who won third place, said: "My experience in this competition was wonderful. It was a reason to enhance my relationship with my religious mentor, who gave me the opportunity to call Athan in the local mosque for morning and noon prayers. Through this competition, I have acquired a new talent."

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