One of the customs of the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) was to listen to others read the Qur’an. In an incident recorded in Saheeh al-Bukhari, ibn Mas’ud (radi Allahu anhu) recited a portion of Surah an-Nisaa to the Prophet (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) while in another narration, he (sal Allahu alayhi wa sallam) listened to the recitation of Abu Musa al-Ash’ari (radi Allahu anhu), and he said to him, “If only you could have seen me when I was listening to your recitation yesterday.”
Shaykh Munajjid of IslamQA says about listening to the Qur’an, “your listening to the Qur’an on CD, or from a tape recorder or on the radio or TV, comes under the same ruling (i.e., it is mustahabb/recommended), whether that is at home, in the car, on the bus or in any other appropriate place. So long as you focus on it and do not listen to it whilst doing something else, you will be rewarded for listening.”
When I ask someone who their favorite reciter is, usually they respond saying Mishary al-Efasi or Abu Bakr al-Shatry or Muhammad al-Luhaidan (may Allah preserve them). All of these reciters are great mashaAllah but for me, I love old school Egyptian reciters. Emphasis on the old school.
I’m talking about Hosary, Minshawi, Tablawi, Abdus-Samad, and Mustafa Isma’il to name a few (may Allah have mercy on them and accept their deeds). I love their style of recitation because it is slow, measured and with impeccable tajweed.
Before I share a few of my favorite videos, I just wanted to address something you will hear in one of these videos and many other videos from Egypt. I’m not sure where this originated from but Egyptians (and a lot of other cultures) tend to scream/yell after the reciter finishes reading an ayah. I understand that it is from their awe of the ayat, but we should instead listen to the Qur’an in the way that Allah azza wa jal instructed us to:
وَإِذَا قُرِئَ الْقُرْآنُ فَاسْتَمِعُوا لَهُ وَأَنْصِتُوا لَعَلَّكُمْ تُرْحَمُونَ
“When the Qur’an is recited, listen attentively to it, and be silent that you may receive mercy” (7:204)
So do not let this deter you from reflecting and enjoying Qur’anic recitations. may Allah guide us to recite, reflect and listen to the Qur’an in the best way. Ameen.
Without further ado, here are some of my favorite recitations:
Shaykh Hosary (rahimahullah), Surah Baqarah 90-96
Shaykh Hosary (rahimahullah), Surah Nuh
Shaykh Mustafa Isma’il (rahimahullah), Surah Israa 20-29
Shaykh Muhammad Sideeq Minshawi (rahimahullah), Surah Ahzab 17-19, then 38-44
Shaykh Muhammad Sideeq Minshawi (rahimahullah), Surah Israa 9-12
Shaykh Abdul Basit Abdus-Samad (rahimahullah), Surah Dhuha and Surah Sharh
How about you?