MUSCAT, 10 July 2018
Meethaq, the pioneer of Islamic banking in Oman from Bank Muscat, in line with the vision ‘To serve you better, everyday’ and commitment to partnership in promoting excellence in all arenas, hosted a ceremony to felicitate the winners of Meethaq Athan social media competition held during Ramadhan. The Instagram competition winners also attended a workshop at Bank Muscat head office under the guidance of Sheikh Talib Al Qanubi, Imam and preacher at Sultan Qaboos Grand Mosque to develop their skills for Athan (call to prayer at Masjids).
The winners included six Meethaq social media followers. The workshop provided guidance for Athan performers on sound modulation, breath control and other aspects to maintain clarity in Athan call to prayer at masjids. The workshop helped the winners to gain valuable insights as each participant was given individual training to improve their Athan performance. Sheikh Talib Al Qanubi started recording on Oman Radio at the age of 17 and has participated across the world as Oman’s representative in recitation of the Holy Quran.
The second edition of the contest by Meethaq required participants to submit video clips of their Athan performance. The competition had two categories in the age group of 5 to 18 years.
Sulaiman Al Harthy, Deputy Chief Executive Officer – Islamic Banking, said: “Coinciding with the Holy Month of Ramadhan, the Meethaq Athan competition provided a unique opportunity for young participants to demonstrate their skills in Athan performance. The first of-its-kind initiative was aimed at encouraging excellence in religious performance by children and youth. The Meethaq gesture comes as part of Bank Muscat social responsibility initiatives, reiterating the commitment to encourage and promote excellence in all fields contributing to the country’s progress and development.”
Al Harthy added: “Meethaq reaches out to customers with the promise of being true to their beliefs, offering the advantages of banking by following the principles of Shari’a law. The Meethaq suite of banking products and services combines traditional values with modernity, ensuring the choice of staying true to one’s values. The Meethaq services denote Transparency aimed at developing a relationship based on Trust and Partnership.”
Within five years of operations, Meethaq has consolidated its leadership position, recording many achievements contributing to the overall growth and development of the Sultanate. At a time when the role of Islamic finance is increasingly seen in supporting economic and social development, Meethaq remains committed to initiatives contributing to sustainable development in Oman.
Meethaq strives to fulfill the needs of customers with innovative Shari’a based products and is well positioned to provide Islamic financial expertise to diverse segments and thereby promote the good of society as a whole.