5 Fascinating Facts About The Sound Systems At The Two Holy Mosques

Hera Shabbir

The Two Holy Mosques in Makkah and Madinah are global magnets, drawing millions of pilgrims from around the world. This means that the range of sound has to stretch out all across the mosque and surrounding area, which is why the Kingdom has invested extensively in top notch sound systems, mics, and facilities to make sure all of the prayers are lead successfully.

These fun facts are some of many that show how efficiently the Kingdom has managed to maintain the high range and quality at the two holy mosques.

5. 8,000 speakers spread throughout the Makkah Grand Mosque

The Grand Mosques, a central hub for Umrah and Hajj pilgrims welcomes millions of worshippers on the regular. The mosque actually welcomed a record-breaking 5 million worshippers during the last few days of Ramadan, and this means the sound quality is top notch. Worshippers were also seen praying outside the mosque, thanks tot he 8,000 mics across different floors, squares, corridors, and area surrounding the mosque. 

4. Over 120 engineers and technicians monitor the mosques‘ speakers before each prayer

Considering how these mics are used 6 times a day, once for each of the five daily prayers, and the extra prayer before dawn (Tahajjud), the quality needs to be top notch. The Kingdom has assigned over 120 engineers to monitor and make sure all mics are working ay okay throughout the day.

3. Both Mosques have a backup sound system in case the main one fails

Officials have also made sure to have a backup system for the mics in case the original ones face any malfunctions. Considering how thousands of people stand with the Imams for prayer, these sites can’t afford any technical difficulties. So in order to ensure top quality and timely functions, both mosques have a backup sound system.

2. The prophet‘s mosque has around 2,900 loudspeakers on site

The Prophet’s Mosque in Madinah also welcomes thousands of worshippers throughout the year. Although the mosque is smaller in size compared to Makkah’s Grand Mosque, the site has around 2,500 mics in the area to make sure all prayers have ample coverage.

1. Every mic stand has 9 microphones, 3 for Qiyyam, 3 for Ruku, and 3 for Sujood

The imams at the Two Holy Mosques have to provide clear sound for all the worshippers following them in prayer. In order for this to happen efficiently, officials have placed sets of 3 mics at each step of prayer which include steps of standing (Qiyam), arching forward (Rukuh), and prostration (Sujood).


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