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Learn maqam hijaz for Quran recitation

In this post, I’ll provide examples of maqam hijaz from various world-famous reciters to help you learn the maqamat in order to learn to recite the Quran beautifully.

Maqam Hijaz is the sound of calling out, the sound of longing, and the sound of reaching out. It is a very beautiful tune, and in addition to being used in Quranic recitation, it is also used in dua and in the adhan.

Here is an example of maqam hijaz, demonstrated by Shaykh al-Helbawy:

Here’s an example of Surah al-Fatihah being recited in maqam hijaz by Shaykh Umar al-Qazabri from Morocco:

Learn maqam hijaz from this example by Shaykh Abdul Basit Abdus Samad (ra):
Surah Yasin – Shaykh Abdul Baset Abdus Samad

Here, Shaykh al-Minshawi recites from the end of Surah al-fajr in maqam hijaz:

Here’s another example from Shaykh al-Minshawi (ra), reciting from surah al-Hujurat:

From the murattal reciters, there is of course no better example to learn from than Shaykh Mishary Rashid al-Afasy.

Click here for Shaykh Mishary Rashid’s recitation of surah ad-duha (maqam hijaz)

Here’s a video where Shaykh Mishary Rashid al-Afasy recites in maqam hijaz:

Lastly, here’s a clip of Shaykh Hani ar-Rifaa’i reciting Surah al-Layl

I hope that listening to these examples helps you to get a better grasp of the tune pattern so that you can learn maqam hijaz. Many times people ask me what is the best way to learn the maqamat – undoubtedly one of the best ways is simply to listen to many, many examples. Just as your biceps will only get stronger by working out, your ear for a particular sound or tune pattern will only get stronger and stronger by listening more and more.

Remember also that the beauty of the Quran goes far beyond its sound … so don’t forget to read a translation, study the meanings, and implement the lessons in your life … a true Qari who is accepted by Allah ‘azza wa jallis a well-rounded individual spiritually, not just someone with an amazing voice.

Oh and before I forget, here’s a little BONUS! This is the adhan being called by Shaykh Naji al-Qazzazz … this is also an example of maqam hijaz:
الأذان – الشيخ ناجي القزاز

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  • Asaad March 30, 2011, 3:07 am


    Its like you said in the video series, its difficult to differentiate between maqam sometimes, and (i think you said this) only listening experience can better tune you in. I think Maqam Hijaz is the easy one to grasp because its similar to the Adhan per se. Since everyone has heard the Adhan, you pretty much associate Maqam Hijaz the Adhan and that helps you out when you need to identify this maqam.

  • the_middle_road March 30, 2011, 4:36 pm

    Assalamu alaikum

    Do you have more of Shaikh Abdul Basit in this maqam? Or the full recitation of that Surah Yasin?

    Jazakallahu khair.

    • ReciteinTune July 13, 2011, 7:24 am

      wa alaikum assalaam … like many qurra, sh. abdul basit (ra) would recite in many different maqamat so if you listen to a longer recording, you should be able to find examples of hijaz. i don’t have many isolated examples … this takes work to listen to recordings, find examples and then cut them out … you can find many of his recordings here: http://www.abdalbasit.com/ … likely you can find the surah yasin one as well.

      • Maturidi333 March 8, 2012, 5:13 pm

        Salaam. May Allah reward you. My best maqam hugaz is by Sheikh Abdul Basit when he recites sura Ghashia, sura maryam and sura qaf.

        • ReciteinTune March 8, 2012, 10:07 pm

          Salaam, may Allah reward you too for your efforts. Can you kindly share some links with us?

  • Mohammed Mohsin Siddiqui March 8, 2012, 7:45 pm

    ASAK. For a full range of recitations in maqame Nahawand with Hijaz in between pls see my wesite where my 11 year old son’s recitations are listed. The link is …




  • juzer March 9, 2012, 6:31 pm

    Salamoalaik ya habeeb thanks for helping but generally maqam saba is same like hogaz its different but if u check the tune pattern the tunes are same somewhat because generally hogaz and saba are used in the ayahs of jahannam or any azab and maximum muhammad minshawi andabdul basit used alot of saba and hogaz and after bayati shuri gnerally qaris recite hogaz or saba for maqams even sheikh mutawalli is a great reciter

  • abdurahman May 16, 2012, 1:39 am

    i think the maqam which attracts or sounds pleasing to the ears is bayati and its also the easiest to read in

    • ReciteinTune May 17, 2012, 10:26 am

      Yes, bayati is quite easy. But different maqams appeal to different people … some people tend towards other maqams like rast or hijaz or others. Depends a lot on who you listen to etc.

  • Usmam January 9, 2014, 11:04 am

    Assalamu Alaikum Warahmathullahi Barakathuhu..

    Jazakallahu Khairaa, I was looking for this thing !. But I did not know the term “Maqamat”.
    However, I got it, Alhamdulillah…
    But I can’t find Part 2 of that link……..

  • Ibn Ali July 28, 2014, 8:52 pm

    Alhamdulillah. I am in love with this Maqam. When you hear a slow huanting hijaz recitation, you feel the deep yearning, feeling the almighty Creator calling out to your soul.


    I wish I knew his name. This Qari is truly blessed. What a gift, Alhamdulillah!
    Allahu Akbar, Oh Allah how beautiful you are!

    I wish I could some day recite well in this hijaz.

    (I also love Qari Sd Minshawi rahimahullah and his recitations.)

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