June 25, 2019
Latest News

Quran recital, a solemn act with a competitive edge

By Marina Villén

Tehran, Apr 15 (efe-epa).- Iranian Mahdi Gholamneyad began reciting the Quran at just 12 years old. Three years later, he took part in his first junior-level competition. At 16, he enrolled in the adult category and took part in his first international competition.

"Throughout the year, I study for about three or four hours every two days but when it gets closer to competition time, I practice around two hours a day," Gholamneyad, who is now 33, told Efe.

Many Quran reciters begin their studies at a young age and often dedicate their entire lives to their passion.

Some put their skills to the test in national and international competitions.

With experience in competitions in Russia, Kuwait and Turkey, Gholamneyad came second in the reading category at the 36th edition of the International Quran Contest, which was held in the Iranian capital, Tehran this year.

Most of the competitors gathered at the Mosala religious complex in the sprawling city come from the Arab world or Muslim-majority countries in Asia and Africa.

But there are also a few Europeans and people from Muslim-minority nations who have traveled to Iran to show off their ability to recite and memorize the holy text.

One such competitor is Abdullah Taliep, from South Africa. He did not hide his admiration for some of the more experienced reciters at the event and spoke of his enthusiasm for taking part in such a high-level competition.

"I've never ever done any international competitions, I've always done local and so I thought now I would take this opportunity to come overseas and see different people and different cultures," he said.

Taliep began studying Quran recital in his native Cape Town aged 13 and completed his training five years later.

Although Cape Town is a majority Christian city, Taliep said he never had any problems in his studies, adding that there were numerous mosques with schools devoted to reciting and memorizing the Quran.

The Quran is written in classic Arabic and it is in this language that it must be read and recited, which poses an extra challenge for those of a different mother tongue, such as Taliep and Gholamneyad.

Gholamneyad acknowledged that there were noticeable differences in the accents of those whose native language was not Arabic, adding that in Iran, reciters often follow the Egyptian style of recital.

In Tehran, a total of 637 people of 84 different nationalities took part in the competition.

Iranian Islamic cleric, Ali Moghani, one of the event's organizers, told Efe that this edition of the Quran recital competition had been altered to triple the number of competitors compared to the previous years.

This edition featured a preliminary stage, where competitors would send in videos of their auditions to a jury, which, in turn, would select 184 competitors from 62 different countries to compete in the semi-final.

The last round then includes the five finalists from their respective categories, which test recital or memorization, and are divided into age groups.

A women's competition ran in parallel at a hotel, given that female reciters can only perform in front of a female-only audience, according to tradition.

Moghani said competitors were tested on their technique, intonation and pronunciation.

Although non-Arab speakers could be at a disadvantage at the event, Moghani insisted the "Quran was a common language between all Muslims." EFE-EPA

mv-ar/jt/sh

News history
Pakistan finds itself unable to eradicate polio

Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Jun 25 (efe-epa).- Pakistan has been unable to defeat polio so far and is losing the battle against this virus as 27 cases reported in...

Japanese-Americans interred in WWII see parallel to detained migrants' plight

By Ana Milena Man

Gates expects investment in climate innovation fund to reach $2.5 bn by 2021

Washington, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- Microsoft founder Bill Gates said here Monday that he expects the fund he established to invest in energy solutions to...

US tutor cares for kids whose parents might be deported

Miami, Jun 24(efe-epa).- Activist Nora Sandigo, who legally tutors a class of more than 1,500 children of undocumented immigrants in the US to keep them out...

Mexican gov't takes charge of seaweed response

Mexico City, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- The Mexican government is dealing with the mass of sargassum seaweed piling up on its Caribbean beaches as a problem of...

Experts: Frozen semen viable for human reproduction in space

Barcelona, Jun 24 (efe-epa).- Frozen semen is still viable in conditions of microgravity, meaning humans may be able to reproduce in space, a team of...

Revelers get drenched in San Juan festival despite Philippines drought

By Sara Gómez Armas

Myanmar model gets medical license revoked for 'sexy' social media posts

By Mratt Kyaw Thu.

Mexico is fertile ground for proliferation of sects

By Ines Amarelo

Southeast Asian countries find common ground on world's largest trade deal

By Noel Caballero

Mexican officials find 200 pregnant women among migrants

Tapachula, Mexico, Jun 22 (efe-epa).- Mexican officials detected more than 200 pregnant women among the migrants who entered Mexico in the last four months...

Trump says he'll delay deportation raids for 2 weeks

Washington, Jun 22 (efe-epa).- The president of the United States said Saturday that he would delay planned weekend deportation raids for two weeks while...

Love of fine food tops controversy over immigration in US

By Tania Cidoncha

Southeast Asian leaders seek agreement on garbage in seas

By Noel Caballero

Los Angeles business owners, activists lend helping hand to the homeless

By Luis Uribe

Mexican airline offers undocumented migrants $1 repatriation flights

Mexico City, Jun 21 (efe-epa).- The Mexican airline Volaris announced Friday the launch of flights costing $1 each to make it easy for undocumented Central...

Anthropologist defends role of indigenous people as Amazon managers

By Mara Fernanda Guerrero and Margarita Muñoz Armella

Bolsonaro to propose joint exploitation of Amazon rainforest to Japan

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Jun 20 (efe-epa).- The president of Brazil on Thursday announced that during his upcoming visit to Japan to attend the G20 summit he...

Bolsonaro thanks evangelicals for support at huge religious event

Sao Paulo, Jun 20 (efe-epa).- Ultrarightist President Jair Bolsonaro, the first Brazilian leader to participate in the "March for Jesus," the main annual...

Inconsistent data mars effort to learn full scope of Mexico's secret graves

Zoilo Carrillo

Guggenheim examines impact of racial injustice on Basquiat's work

Nora Quintanilla

Asylum requests surge due to crises in Venezuela, El Salvador, Honduras

Bogota, Jun 20 (efe-epa).- Mexico and Costa Rica were the Latin American countries that received the most asylum applications in 2018 - 29,660 and 28,000...

European black rhinos take on mission to repopulate Rwanda

By Gustavo Monge and Martin Divisek

Chilean scientists sound alarm as glaciers retreat

Santiago, Jun 19 (efe-epa).- Scientists in Chile warned Wednesday that the retreat of glaciers in the southern region of Patagonia as a result of climate...

I agree Welcome to news4europe.eu. We use cookies to improve your online experience. Find out more.