In a previous post we featured a series of videos where Qari Ismet Akcin beautifully demonstrated for us the main maqamat, from the ending of Surah al-Baqarah. At the end of the series, he added a short dua which he recommended you read before starting your Quranic recitation. A few of you asked for the […]

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Shaykh Abdullah Basfar is one of the preeminent reciters of Saudi Arabia who is well known for his excellence and precision in tajweed. Here, he shares a reminder that is extremely relevant to all Muslims, but even more so to students of the Quran and the art of recitation. He shares some advice about tadabbur […]

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Recently on our facebook page I wrote about how my parents (may Allah have mercy on them) immersed me and my siblings in the Quran. Then came the questions: My son’s 7 years old – what are important reminders to make him a great qari? How many hours practice minimum should he recite to help […]

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(This blog post is an excerpt from our ebook “The Overnight Qari.” To learn more tips and techniques on reciting beautifully, download the ebook.) I’m sure you’ve watched videos of Qurra like Shaykh Abdul Basit, Shaykh al-Minshawi, and so on, where their breath never seems to run out, and thought to yourself, “Wow! I wish […]

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(This blog post is an excerpt from our ebook “The Overnight Qari.” To learn more tips and techniques on reciting beautifully, download the ebook.) Nasality is one of the most common vocal tone problems that many people face when reciting. This problem occurs when extra air gets directed up into the nasal cavity and comes […]

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The study of maqamat is the study of at-taghanni bi’l Quran, or the study of beautifying the voice in recitation of the Quran. Beautifying the voice in recitation, as we previously mentioned, is something that our beloved Messenger sallallahu alaihi wa sallam commanded us to do, when he said “Beautify the Quran with your voices”, […]

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In our discussion of voice and tune in the context of recitation, we can’t forget that a recitation that sounds good has to be strongly built upon the solid foundations of tajweed. Why? Al-Hafidh Muhammad ibnul Jazaree explains in his Muqaddima: لأنه به الإله انزلا وهكذا منه إلينا وصلا وهو إيضاً حلية التلاوة وزينة الأداء […]

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In order to help you learn maqam saba, I’ve posted here a few short examples of Quran recitations in maqam saba. In addition, there are a few more examples in this previous post, so you can listen to those as well. Like before, I’ve tried to pick out clips where the pattern is simple and […]

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In late Dec 2011 I was blessed with the chance to visit Shaykh Ismet Akcin at his masjid in Miami, Florida. For those who don’t know, Shaykh Ismet is a Turkish-born Qari who studied at the prestigious al-Azhar University in Cairo. Some of you may remember that he joined us for a webinar called ‘Tunes […]

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Anyone who knows anything about Quranic recitation knows that Shaykh Mahmud Khalil al-Husary is an absolute LEGEND. He was considered the Imam or Shaykh amongst the Qurra of his time (which featured such heavyweights as Shaykh Abdulbasit Abdussamad, Shaykh Muhammad Siddiq al-Minshawi, Shaykh Mustafa Ismail, etc). Not only was he a professional reciter, but he […]

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