Mokhtar Dehqan, who is competing for Iran in the category of recitation, told IQNA that the Malaysia competition has a specific code of rules but “fortunately, I am fully acquainted with its technical and specialized issues”.
He said they include the need for observing the four Maghams (tones) in recitation and managing the duration of the recitation so that it won’t take longer than ten minutes.
In order to help the Qaris manage their time, there is a three-color light whose green, yellow and red colors, showing how much time is left, he noted.
Dehqan, whose turn to go on the stage is Thursday, said he feels no stress and is fully ready for putting up a good performance.
He added that he would keep calm and avoid any unnecessary activities until his Thursday recitation.
The Iranian Quran reciter also said the performances on the second night of the contest (Tuesday) were better than the night before, adding that Qaris from Cambodia, Singapore and Brunei did well.
Representatives of 56 countries are present at the 60th international Quran competition of Malaysia.
Officially named the International Al-Quran Recital and Memorization Assembly 1439/2018, it kicked off at the Putra World Trade Center in Kuala Lumpur on Monday.
The Quranic event, being held in the categories of Quran memorization and recitation, will conclude in an awarding ceremony on Saturday, May 12.