Ramadan 2015: 28 in contention for title of ‘Preacher of the Nation’

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Ramadan 2015: 28 in contention for title of ‘Preacher of the Nation’

The final qualifying rounds will take place prior to the commencement of the Dubai Ramadan Forum that will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from June 24 to July 4.

By Ahmed Shaaban/senior Reporter

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Published: Tue 26 May 2015, 1:24 PM

Last updated: Thu 25 Jun 2015, 11:22 PM

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Dubai - About 28 students have qualified in the preliminary rounds of the Preacher of the Nation contest and entered the next stage to compete for the 11 finalist spots.

The final qualifying rounds will take place prior to the commencement of the Dubai Ramadan Forum that will be held at the Dubai World Trade Centre from June 24 to July 4.

The 14th Dubai Ramadan Forum is being organised by the Department of Tourism and Commerce Marketing (DTCM) under the patronage of Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Foundation.

Mohammed Al Hashemi, Head of the forum’s organising committee, said the Preacher of the Nation contest features two categories: Religious sermon in Arabic and English; and classic Arabic poetry recitation.

“We have introduced a new element this year as part of the evaluations, where the organising committee will share constructive feedback with the participants’ parents to help students improve their performance in the future.

“The contestants will be filmed during their sermon presentations and their video clips will be sent to their parents by e-mail with the jury’s comments.”

Al Hashemi said participants’ overall performance, subject of the sermon, language skills, body language and eye-contact with the audience are assessed. “At least 22 points are needed for participants to qualify as a finalist, with the maximum score being 30.”

The number of finalists might be increased to 12 because of an expected line-up of “extremely brilliant contestants”. “We want to give them this opportunity to showcase their talents.”

Abdel Fattah Mohammed, Asian, is a contender in the category of religious sermon in Arabic. “The competition is quite strong and all participants have their own unique abilities,” he said.

His father expressed happiness over his son participating in the contest. “I would like to thank the organisers for offering this platform that gives talented students a chance to showcase their skills and contribute to the development of their personalities.

“As a non-Arab, my son will face the challenge of competing with native Arabic speakers but I am encouraging him to give his best.”

ahmedshaaban@khaleejtimes.com



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