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A couple of weeks back, I highlighted an episode of the public radio series Inside Islam that examined the relationship of Islam & Science. The next episode in the program is scheduled to air this week on a topic that’s perhaps less academic, but likely more personally relevant,

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Youssef Chouhoud is an assistant professor of political science at Christopher Newport University, where he is affiliated with the Reiff Center for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution. Youssef completed his PhD at the Political Science and International Relations program at the University of Southern California as a Provost’s Fellow. His research interests include political attitudes and behavior, survey methodology, and comparative democratization.



  1. Youssef Chouhoud

    March 7, 2010 at 9:12 AM

    SubhanAllah. I think that, similar to the way many people associate certain songs with different times in their lives, many Muslims have certain qaris or even specific recitations that evoke certain memories.

    My youth and for the period of my “awakening,” I heard the Quran almost exclusively through the voice of Ahmed al Ajami. When I was in Egypt for two months, my qari of choice was Abu Bakr Ash Shatery (which is ironic, because Ajami is always on constant play through the Cairo streets).

  2. Amatullah

    March 7, 2010 at 9:17 AM

    It is reported that ‘Abdullâh b. ‘Urwah b. Al-Zubayr said, “I asked my grandmother Asmâ` (bint Abî Bakr) – Allâh be pleased with her, ‘How were the Companions of Allâh’s Messenger – Allâh peace and praise be upon him – when they heard the Quran?’ She replied, ‘their eyes would shed tears and they would tremble (with fear), as Allâh described them (in the Quran).’ Al-Bayhaqî, Shu’ab Al-Îmân 3:417

    Shaykh Hosary is my fav, hands down, rahimahullah. When you know even a little bit of tajweed, you can really appreciate his recitations and how amazing they are. There are some of his audios where he’ll change up his voice just a bit and they sound this. My all time favorite recitation of his rahimahullah is Suratun Najm in warsh.

    Imam Hudaify hafidhahullah. Every year my family and I watch taraweeh together, and I love it when it’s his day to lead. Like many others, I memorized with his tapes when I was younger and whenever I hear’s like, hey i know him! lol. (maybe that’s just me)

    Ali Jaber rahimahullah

    Tawfeeq as-Sayegh

    Old school Mishary, and this one ..he sounds different now.

    Hani Rifai and Salah Budair, I like listening to them both because you can tell they understand and feel the ayat when they recite.

    recently discovered Faisal al-Rashood and Shaykh Dimashqiah.

    may Allah make us from those who listen to the Qur’an with full attention.

  3. Mariam E

    March 7, 2010 at 10:27 AM

    Asalamu Alikum

    One of my favorite is Shaykh Saleh Al-Sahud. MashaAllah tabarakaAllah, he has both the voice and excellent tajweed.

    This is his recorded recitation (outside prayer):

    But his voice during taraweeh prayers live is best, like this recitation of surat al-Balad:

  4. Abd- Allah

    March 7, 2010 at 2:29 PM

    When the Prophet peace be upon him was asked which person has the best voice when reciting the Quran, he said that the person who has the best voice when reciting the Quran is the one whom when you hear reciting the Quran you feel that he is fearful of Allah.

    إن من أحسن الناس صوتا بالقرآن الذي إذا سمعتموه يقرأ حسبتموه يخشى الله

  5. UmmD

    March 7, 2010 at 2:38 PM

    Salam aleikom,

    I’ve listened to a lot of recitation by Shaykh Al Sudais, i find it easy to follow his recitation. Also, my family would always watch taraweeh prayer from Saudi during Ramadan and he used to perform many taraweeh prayers so i got used to hearing his voice and way of reciting.

    Al Ghamdi is another favorite, mashAllah his voice is beautiful! when it comes to tajweed, Al Hosary and Abdul Basit are two of the absolute best to learn from.
    May Allah reward them all for their beautiful reciting.

    Taraweeh prayer by Al Sudais

    Beautiful dua by Al Ghamdi

  6. Haroon

    March 8, 2010 at 5:14 AM

    InshaAllah this coming 18th – 20th March 2010: First time ever in Dubai:

    Dubai International Peace Convention


  7. MW_M

    March 9, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    Is there still an ipod version of this site? I can’t seem to access it…

  8. Abdullah

    March 10, 2010 at 3:51 AM

    News Flash – Shaykh al-Azhar (Tantawi) passed away today while visiting Riyadh.

    • Abd- Allah

      March 10, 2010 at 11:54 AM

      News Flash – Shaykh al-Azhar (Tantawi) passed away today while visiting Riyadh.

      May Allah have mercy on him and all the Muslims and forgive his sins and shortcomings.

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