The voice has always been the most present and effective means to communicate the teachings of Islam and Quran. Therefore, sound engineering in Mosques is of great importance, especially in the Two Holy Mosques, where a record number of speakers are fixed on the walls.
“There are more than 3000 speakers distributed in the corridors and outdoor squares of the Grand Mosque. On special occasions, the voice is communicated to nearby streets and regions to the squares of the Grand Mosque,” Abdul Mohsen Bin Hamid, engineer and Project and Studies Manager at the General Presidency for the Affairs of the Grand Mosque and the Prophet’s Mosque said.
The quality of the sound offers each individual at the Mosque a fair and sufficient amount of sound. It is a very complex technical accomplishment, and it is designed to serve hundreds of thousands of prayers at once.
“In regards to the functioning of sound systems in the Prophet’s Mosque, there is a specific sound management, and technicians monitor the system and the imam or the muezzin. Microphones are turned on when the prayer starts then turned off when it ends,” Abdul Wahed al-Hattab, Public Relations and Media Manager at the Prophet’s Mosque said.
Microphones input sound in an electronic library with a great capacity to record and sort sounds from orators, imams and muezzins.
“The number of material in the audio library has reached more than 100 thousand hours. The visitor may obtain these recordings on tapes or CDs or any other storage device such as Flash or hard drives,” Abdullah al-Honeini, Audio Library Manager at the Prophet’s Mosque said.
The sound system capacity can affect the quality of the message positively or negatively. Prayer and reverence are the golden bridge connecting the believers with the imam.