Fifa World Cup: Qatar welcomes football fans with Quran recitation

The Oscar winner narrated the title’s opening segment ‘The Calling’, telling viewers: ‘We all gather here in one big tribe’

Qatar’s Bedouin roots were showcased at the opening ceremony of the FIFA World Cup on Sunday. As the country’s chief kicked off the World Cup, he kissed his father’s hand and welcomed the world to football’s biggest event ever held in the Middle East.

“From Qatar, from the Arab world, welcome to the 2022 World Cup,” said Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani. “How beautiful it is when people can put aside what separates them and put aside what brings them together to celebrate their diversity.” Fireworks exploded from the roof of Bayt Stadium.

But it was the recitation of a passage from the Holy Quran by 20-year-old Quranic memorant and FIFA World Cup Ambassador Ghanim Al Mukhta that captivated the world and surprised viewers.

“Mankind, verily We created you male and female, and made you peoples and tribes, that you might know each other,” said Ghanim. This is probably the first time a FIFA World Cup has opened with Quranic verses.

Born with a rare condition that affects the development of the lower spine, Ghanim appeared alongside Oscar-winner Morgan Freeman. person) was sitting in the field next to

Freeman narrated “The Calling,” the opening segment of the 2022 World Cup Opening Ceremony, telling viewers, “We’re all here as one big tribe.”

“How can so many countries, languages ​​and cultures come together when only one road is accepted?” Freeman told the crowd.

“Call us here and we’ll welcome you to our home,” Ghanim said.
“I heard good things. It’s not just music, it’s a call to celebration,” the actor began.
Freeman later addressed the crowd, “Love for Football United Nations and their beautiful game. What unites nations unites communities.”

The American actor was joined on the field by dancers, singers and former World Cup mascots. Korean pop star Jungkook performed “Dreamers” at the ceremony.

The Qatari singer, named ‘Dana’, wears traditional dress, abaya and bhatura (leather face coverings worn by some women in the Gulf region) and takes to the field with other performers. flocked.

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