FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 Opens with a Recitation of Quran

FIFA World Cup 2022 Opens with a Recitation of Quran
FIFA World Cup 2022 Opens with a Recitation of Quran (Anadolu Images)
After 12 years of preparation, the 2022 FIFA World Cup have finally begun on Sunday, November 20. Making it the first World Cup hosted in an Arab country. This was shown in every aspect of the tournament, from the tent-shaped stadium to the mascot. But the surprise came when the tournament kicked off with the youngest Qatari businessman Ghanim Al Muftah reciting parts of the Quran.

Sharing the stage with the famous actor Morgan Freeman, the youth icon Ghanim Al Muftah spoke on inclusion and diversity and then recited (O, people! We created you from a male and a female, and We made you races and tribes, so that you may come to know one another. The best among you before Allah is the most righteous.) [Surah al-Hujurat:13]

Ghanim Al Muftah was born with a rare disorder that affects the lower spine called Caudal Regression Syndrome. Given very few chances of survival by doctors, he has managed to live beyond his fifteen years. Later named the ambassador of the FIFA World Cup.

Arabs and Muslims over social media expressed their pride in the Arab-influenced ceremony and the ways Qatar had introduced Islam to billions around the world.

 

 

Ghanim Al Muftah starring the World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony alongside Morgan Freeman (Anadolu Images)
Ghanim Al Muftah starring in the World Cup 2022 Opening Ceremony alongside Morgan Freeman (Anadolu Images)

 

Morgan Freeman also narrated the opening segment for the FIFA World Cup and then continued to speak his message on inclusion as peace. He noted in his speech: “What unites us is greater than what divides us. We are one big tribe and the Earth is our tent. Together we can make the call for everyone to unite,”

“This is a call to the whole world. Soccer brings people and nations together. There is a common thread of hope and respect. Soccer expands the world, it unites nations in their love for this precious game. What brings nations together, brings communities together. We all have a soccer history, and so does Qatar.”

Their segment had ended with Freeman reaching out to hold Muftah’s hand, almost recreating the Birth of Adam painting.

Source: Arabi21

 


 

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