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Sheikh Abdal Basit Recites Surah Duha

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2 thoughts on “Sheikh Abdal Basit Recites Surah Duha

  1. Hi Eileen,

    The reason why your husband might be hesitant to say that it is singing is because there is a hadith about the end of times when the quran would be sung. That is the sign of the last days, and some Muslims for this reason will say that it is unacceptable to listen to Abdul Basit or Quran reciters like him.

    There was a program on BBC a while back with Islamic Scholars Hamza Yusuf and Abdul Hakim Murad and they talk about quranic recitation; if you are interested in this topic you can do a search perhaps to find it. Abdul Basit does employ techniques used in singing even operatic techniques, but it is within the guidelines of tajweed.

    Abdul Basit’s Quranic recitation would be considered singing but he is within the limits of Quranic Tajweed, which makes his Quranic recitation fine to listen to. He is my favorite Quran reciter, and since I’m not a native Arabic speaker I find his recitation enjoyable to listen to.

    I hope this answers your question, and thanks for visiting our blog 🙂

    Best Regards,
    M. Shahin


  2. elementaryteacher on said:

    This is beautiful, but I have a serious question. As a musician, I see that this man has absolutely PERFECT PITCH as he sings, and yes, he IS singing (because what IS singing, it is changing of PITCH in a rhythmic way). My question is, my Middle Eastern husband tells me that people who chant (sing) the Koran are DEFINITELY NOT “singing” and that I must never SAY they are “singing.” Is this just a question of semantics? WHY should it not be called singing, if that’s what it truly is?

    Best regards,
    Dedicated Elementary Teacher Overseas (in the Middle East)


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