Ramadan icons: Egypt's National Quran Broadcast turns 60

Fatma Emara, Monday 25 Mar 2024

The Quran Radio channel celebrates its 60th anniversary, being an essential element of the holy month of Ramadan as it is the channel that broadcasts the Fajr and Maghreb prayers.

National Quran Radio station was founded 60 years ago today. (Photo: amira noshokaty)


The following series is created in collaboration with Al-Ahram Information Centres.

The National Quran Broadcast was launched in 1964. Since then, it has become integrated with the lifestyle of most Egyptians as they start their day with it.

The essential cause behind broadcast

The 60-year-old radio channel, serving 30 million listeners throughout Egypt, has kicked off to solve a big problem that faced the Egyptian Ministry of Endowment in 1963.

A false copy of the Quran had appeared in Egyptian markets. So, the ministry recorded a recitation of the Quran by Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussary and distributed it to the entire Islamic world.

The record idea was not very effective at that time due to the shortage of resources in the Islamic countries.

Thus, the Egyptian ministry of culture had dedicated short- and medium-wave broadcast channels to broadcast the recited Quran.

Egyptian late president Gamal Abdel-Nasser approved the establishment of the Quran Kareem Broadcast, and it was launched on Wednesday 25 March 1964 at 6 am.

“The Arabic Republic broadcast from Cairo presents the Quran Kareem Radio station” — this was the first announcement.

The channel has broadcasted for 14 hours a day, in two shifts, showcasing the recited Quran through the enchanting voices of great Quran reciters that reached the entire Arab nation from the ocean to the gulf.

Till that day, it never stopped.

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