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Quran Best Recitation Website

Welcome to my website of the best Recitation of the Noble Quran.

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I first listened to the Quran recited by Shaykh Saud Ibraheem Al-Shuraim and Shaykh Abdul Rahman Al-Sudais when I went for my first umrah with my parents at seven years of age. The deep voice of Shaykh Shuraim and the melodious tone of Sudais deeply impacted me and induced in my heart a love for the Quran by the will of Allah. Like every Muslim, I traverse through the highs and lows of faith (eeman), but irrespective of the state of my faith, Allah has sustained the love for His book in my heart. Since that childhood umrah, I have been an avid listener of the Quran.

After years of listening, the idea sprang into my mind that I should compile a Quran such that I will choose the best recitation of each surah per my experience and (humble) judgement. In my selection process, I have primarily listened to the taraweeh recitations of Masjidul Haram from 1414 hijri to 1437 hijri, and the recitations of few other reciters whose recitation I enjoy. By Allah’s grace, I finished my work on the vacation of Eid Al-Adha 1437.

I have spent a lot of hours creating and compiling these audio files. I sincerely hope that Allah will accept this work from me. I hope that my compilation will induce the love for the book of Allah into the heart of many Muslims.

There are many benefits to listening to the Words of Allah. Listening makes your familiar with the Quran. Listening improves your pronunciation. But to me, the greatest benefit is the consolation of Quran. No matter how depressed, sad, or wounded you are, the divine words of Quran will console you like nothing else in this world.

Therefore, I conclude with the following beautiful dua, taught by the Messenger of Allah (peace be upon him):

O Allah, I am Your servant, son of Your servant, son of Your maidservant, my forelock is in Your hand (i.e. You have total mastery over), Your command over me is forever executed and Your decree over me is just. I ask You by every name belonging to You which You named Yourself with, or revealed in Your Book, or You taught to any of Your creation, or You have preserved in the knowledge of the unseen with You, that You make the Quran the life of my heart and the light of my breast, and a departure for my sorrow and a release for my anxiety.

Ameen!

Sincerely,

The Shardul of Allah

The Best Introduction

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Imam Ash-Shafee (R) said, “If Allah had sent down only surah Al-Asr, it would have been sufficient (as a proof and guidance for mankind).”

This is the beauty of Islam. It is not only surah Al-Asr. Out of His infinite mercy, Allah has made the whole religion replete with proofs about the truthfulness of Islam. A proof can be a verse from the Quran. It can be a saying of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). It can be an incident from the life of Prophet (ﷺ). It is not possible to convince all human beings with one single proof. That is why, by His Mercy, Allah has blessed us with countless number of proofs.

Personally for me, khutbatul hajah (the sermon of necessity) has always been a source of evidence that Islam is a religion sent down by none other than Allah. This introductory khutbah, which the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) taught his ummah to begin their speech with, is so eloquent that when you hear it, you immediately recognize that it is impossible for a human being to come up with such a perfect introduction.

A beauty of khutbatul hajah is you never get tired of it. If a speaker writes an introduction and uses it every time he gives a speech, for sure the audience will get bored of it. That is why speakers always try to come with an unique introduction to draw the attention of their audience every time they give a new speech. In contrast, we never get tired of khutbatul hajah. You may hear it more than once is a single gathering, and yet, every time you hear it, your love only grows for it.

This article will present khutbatul hajah and a short explanation of it by Yasir Qadhi.

Khutbatul Hajah

All Praise is due to Allah. We Praise Him, seek His help, and ask His forgiveness. We seek refuge in Allah from the evil of our souls, and the adverse consequences of our deeds. Whoever Allah guides, there is none that can misguide him, and whoever He misguides, then none can guide him.

I bear witness and testify that there is no deity worthy of worship except for Allah; He is alone, having no partners. I bear witness and testify that Muhammad (ﷺ) is His perfect worshiper, and messenger.

O you who have faith! Have taqwa of Allah as He deserves, and die not except as Muslims. [The Noble Quran 3:102]

O Mankind! Have taqwa of your Lord, Who created you from a single person, and from him, He created his wife, and from these two, He created multitudes of men, and women. And have taqwa of Allah, through whom you demand your mutual rights, and (do not cut off) the ties of kinship. Verily, Allah is Ever-Watching of over you. [The Noble Quran 4:1]

O you who you have faith! Have taqwa of Allah, and say righteous speech. He will direct you to do righteous deeds, and He will forgive your sins. And whoever obeys Allah and His Messenger has indeed achieved the ultimate success. [the Noble Quran 33:70-71]

As to what follows, then the best speech is the Speech of Allah, and the best guidance is the guidance of Muhammad (ﷺ). And the worst of affairs are newly invented matters, and every innovation is a misguidance, and every misguidance is in the fire of Hell.

A short explanation of khutbatul hajah from An Introduction to the Sciences of the Qur’aan by Abu Ammaar Yasir Qadhi

In this short speech, which the Prophet (ﷺ) would give every time he spoke, and which he (ﷺ) taught the Companions to give every time they spoke, the Prophet (ﷺ) summarized the essence of Islam. The words, despite their brevity, are deep in meaning. The speech, despite its lightness, carries great import.

In the first two paragraphs, the Prophet (ﷺ) outlined the fundamentals of faith (eeman). The first paragraph consists of acknowledging the ‘Oneness of Allah in His Existence’ (Tawheed ar-Ruboobiyyah), and in affirming His unique Names and Attributes (Tawheed al-Asmaa wa as-Sifaat). The fact that a person testifies that Allah is worthy of all types of praise, and that He is the One who is asked in all matters, automatically implies that He exists, and possesses such Names and Attributes that make it deserving and obligatory upon the creation to do these acts.

The second paragraph is the testimony of faith (shahaadah), and with it a Muslim testifies that he will worship Allah, and only Allah, and that this worship will be based upon the teachings and Sunnah of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). This is the essence of the ‘Oneness of Actions’ (Tawheed al-Uloohiyyah); that all of a person’s acts will be performed with one goal in mind: the pleasure of the Creator.

The three verses that the Prophet (ﷺ) would recite have one central theme: the importance of taqwa. The famous student of Ibn ‘Abbas, Mujaahid ibn Jabr (d. 103 A.H.) defined taqwa as, “It is that you obey Allah, so that He is never disobeyed, and you are conscious of Him, so that he is never forgotten, and that you thank Him, so that He is never disbelieved.” The taqwa of Allah is the life of the heart; without it all actions are as if dead.

In the last paragraph, the Prophet (ﷺ) summarized the source of all guidance, and the source of all misguidance. Guidance comes only from the two inspirations – the Quran and the Sunnah. The Quran is described as the best of all speech. If this is the case, then it must contain in it the best of all matters in all that is needed by mankind. The Sunnah, the best guidance, is superior to all other philosophies and methodologies that mankind has invented, for the Sunnah is the perfect example of the worship of Allah, manifested in the life and actions of the Prophet Muhammad (ﷺ). All that is opposed to the Quran and Sunnah – and in this opposition lies the source of all evil – are termed newly-invented innovations, destined to the fire of Hell.

Heart Trembling Recitation: Surah Ale Imran (186-200)

Heart trembling recitation of the last part of Surah Ale Imran by three famous qurras of our time:

Shaykh Saud Ibraheem Al-Shuraim: This is a fajr prayer clip recorded in the good old days, when Shaykh Shuraim would lead the fajr prayer in the Haram everyday. The shaykh recited with his usual deep voice.

Shaykh Abdul Wali Al-Arkani: I had the fortune to hear this recitation live at Qatar State Mosque on the 4th night of Ramadan 1434 H. Absolutely amazing recitation.

Shaykh Abdur Rahman Al-Sudais: I was blessed to hear this recitation live in the Haram on the 24th night of Ramadan 1433 H. The way the shaykh raised and lowered his voice was just heart melting.

The Month of Quran: Recitation of Different Qurras

Here are some of my recordings of the Noble Quran recited at taraweeh salah at various masajids of Qatar throughout Ramadan 1434. These are not professional recordings. I recorded these clips with my Samsung S3. While listening to these clips, please use your headphone for better hearing experience.

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The taraweeh at Qatar State Mosque was led by four Qatari imams and four foreign imams. The four foreign imams were Shaykh Abdul Wali Al-Arkani, Shaykh Idrees Akbar, Shaykh Abdul Kareem, and Shaykh Saad Al-Ghamdi.

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Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Clip 3 | Clip 4 | Clip 5

State Mosque Taraweeh Clips

ArkaniShaykh Abdul Wali Al-Arkani: Shaykh Arkani was on top form throughout. I regret not recording more clips of him.

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Qatari Imam 1: He was my favorite imam among the four who led taraweeh at  the State Mosque.

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Imam 2

Qatari Imam 2: He has a melodious recitation. His memorization is very strong mashaallah. 

Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Clip 3 | Clip 4 | Witr

 

 

Imam 3

Qatari Imam 3: He was my second favorite among the four imams. He recites  fast. To me, his voice seemed to have semblance of the voices of Shaykh Juhany  and  Shaykh Basfar.  Listen to the  second rakah of Clip 1 to see how  beautifully  he raises his  voice.  Clip 1 | Clip 2

 

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Qatari Imam 4: Clip 1

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The imam of this masjid has a very beautiful recitation. Especially enthralling is his fajr recitation. Here are some clips:

Taraweeh: Clip 1 | Clip 2

Fajr: Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Clip 3 | Clip 4 (Clip 1 and 4 are really awesome)

 

 

 

 

 

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The imam of this masjid has a sort of linear recitation. His voice level does not vary at all, but I like his recitation.

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Recitation by a young Qatari imam: Clip

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Here are some recordings of my own recitation. I recorded them while leading maghrib prayers at Qatar University masjid. I am neither a hafidh of the Quran nor am I a Qurra, I am a simple bloke who likes to recite Quran in front of a microphone when there is a chance!

The air-condition of the masjid makes a lot of noise and thus the recordings are really poor. Use your headphone to listen to them.

Clip 1 | Clip 2 | Clip 3 | Clip 4 | Clip 5

10 Simple Lessons from the Verse 2:187

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In the 187th verse of Surah Baqarah, Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala (exalted is He) said:
هُنَّ لِبَاسٌ لَّكُمْ وَأَنتُمْ لِبَاسٌ لَّهُنَّ

They are clothing for you and you are clothing for them. [The Noble Quran 2:187]

I have listened to many shuyookhstafseer of this beautiful verse, and from what I have retained in my memory of the wisdom they shared in their lectures, I have compiled the following list of 10 simple lessons that we can learn from this verse:

  1. Whether you perceive it or not, you have the most intimate relationship with your clothes. However, when you get married, this intimate relationship is broken and a more intimate relationship is established with your spouse. By comparing husbands and wives as garments for each other, Allah has confirmed that the marital relationship is the most intimate relationship between two human beings, and it is therefore sacred too.
  2. Garment beautifies you. When Allah blesses you with a spouse, life becomes beautiful.
  3. The beauty of a garment wears out. So is the beauty of marriage. Like the shine of a new garment, the initial euphoria and excitement of marriage eventually wear off with time. And that is when the reality of marriage kicks in and the challenge begins. By comparing husbands and wives as garments for each other, Allah is already telling us to be ready for this marital challenge.
  4. When you buy a piece of garment, you buy the right size. Similarly, when you look for a spouse, you will have to find the one who will be compatible with you. Like you know what you are looking for before you buy a garment, you should also be clear about your marital goals and objectives before you look for a spouse and get married.
  5. Garment protects you from the sun and the cold. Similarly, your spouse protects your chastity and gaze from the fitnah of opposite gender.
  6. Garment hides your bodily faults and imperfections from public. Since Allah has made the husband and the wife garment for each other, they are obliged to hide each other’s faults and weaknesses from public.
  7. You wash your garments to remove dirt from them. Similarly, you always need to forgive your spouse and release your grudges by rising above your ego and find ways to rejuvenate your marital relationship.
  8. Depending on weather conditions, you wear different types of clothes. You wear certain types of clothes on winter and other types of clothes on summer. Since you are the garment of your spouse, you will have to change and adapt depending on the mood of your spouse. If she is angry, you cannot be angry at the same time. You will have to keep your cool and try to soothe her anger.
  9. Has it not happened that you bought a garment and your love for it grew with time? I bet it did. Sometimes we grew to like a garment so much that even when our moms want to discard it, we protest. Similar thing is supposed to happen within a marriage. If you find the right partner and work hard for your marriage, the love for your spouse should continue grow over the years. An example here is the love of the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ) for his wife Khadija (May Allah be pleased with her). His (ﷺ) love for her grew with time and when she died, he (ﷺ) was so saddened he did not smile for months.
  10. Do you want to learn to talk about relationships and sexuality without being too open or vulgar? Study this verse.

This is a Mercy from Your Lord!

The Quran is a book of wisdom. The miraculous nature of the Quranic wisdom is it can be appreciated from numerous different angles. We may read volumes of tafseer books and spend a lot of time to understand a certain Quranic verse, and yet it is possible that years later when we ponder over this same verse while facing a calamity or a different circumstance, we may unlock a completely new insight from that verse, which we did not discover during our study and research. Allah says in the Quran:

These are verses of the wise Book [The Noble Quran 31:2]

The Quranic wisdom is so profound that a few verses from surah at-Taha was enough to transform Omar ibn al-Khattab from being a staunch enemy of Islam to the second best man (after the Prophets of Allah) to walk on the face of this earth.

That is why we should never stop pondering over the verses of the Quran. The more we will ponder over them, the more we will unlock their hidden insights, inshallah.

One day while watching a Makkah Taraweeh video (these videos play the recitation and the English translation simultaneously), I discovered a new insight from the following verse:

[Dhul Qarnain] said, “This is a mercy from my Lord; but when the promise of my Lord comes, He will make it level, and ever is the promise of my Lord true.” [The Noble Quran 18:98]

According to the Quranic description, Dhul Qarnain was a mighty but just and righteous ruler. He made journeys in three different directions: to the west, to the east, and finally to the north. The Quran is silent about the direction of his final journey, but many scholars of the Quran are of the opinion that it was probably to the north. Dhul Qarnain continued traveling towards the north until he reached a tract between two mountains. On the other side of the mountains, Dhul Qarnain confronted a nation who did not speak his language. Despite the language barrier, they were able to tell Dhul Qarnain that they intended to give Dhul Qarnain a tribute on the condition that Dhul Qarnain should build a barrier between them and the tribe of Gog and Magog. Gog and Magog used to harm the people of that region by creating mischief and corruption. Dhul Qarnain refused to take their gift, citing that what Allah had blessed him with was better than what they were offering him. He only requested manual labor from them. As per Dhul Qarnain’s instruction, the workers started inserting iron beams between the two cliffs from the bottom. When they reached the top of the cliffs, Dhul Qarnain poured molten copper over the iron beams. Thus a very strong gate was erected, which Gog and Magog were not able to scale anymore. Upon the completion of this project, Dhul Qarnain remarked, “This is a mercy from my Lord; but when the promise of my Lord comes, He will make it level, and ever is the promise of my Lord true.” [The Noble Quran 18:98]

There is a great lesson for us in this concluding remark of Dhul Qarnain. Because in his remark, Dhul Qarnain first thanked Allah, and gave Allah the credit for this monumental work. Second, he reminded people that this wall will be able to protect them only as long as Allah wishes.

Subhanallah!

Isn’t the humility of Dhul Qarnain amazing? He was an emperor who ruled the East and the West. Yet after building this dam, he did not show any sign of arrogance. Instead, he hastened to attribute this success as a mercy from Allah. Allah has preserved such exemplary humility in His greatest Book.

Even in the times of Jahiliyyah (ignorance), people of most religion would always thank Allah whenever they would achieve something. This was the norm. In our time, however, this trend is becoming non-existent. Rather the trend is to separate God from your achievements.

Today’s society wants you to talk as if YOU have achieved everything. It wants you to talk as if YOU are in full control of your destiny. It makes you believe that if you publicly thank Allah and attribute your success as His Mercy upon you, your will compromise your professionalism.

It is your money, your life, your power, your brain, your effort, your time, your body, your freedom – it is all about YOU and NO ONE ELSE.

Such way of thinking has the basis in atheism and secularism.

And ironically, we Muslims have also been influenced by such way of thinking. I remember many job interviews where I have said, “I earned my degree from University X. Then I did an internship in Company Y”

I did not say Alhamdulillah or anything before I uttered those statements.

Now Allah made me realize the humility of Dhul Qarnain and it hit me.

How can I not praise Allah and thank Him before I say “I earned my degree” when I see millions of children who have been deprived of the opportunity of education? Could I not have been one of them, had Allah willed?

How can I not praise Allah and thank Him before I say “I did internship in company X” when many of my friends, despite trying their best, did not get any internship? Could I not have been one of those unfortunate students, had Allah willed?

How come I am ashamed to thank Allah and praise Him before His Slaves when it is Allah who gave me everything and it is He who will also give me the job?

So, Alhamdulillah, I am trying to change. Now when my Christian boss asks me how I am doing, I answer “Alhamdulillah. I am doing well.”

We should try to change. If we claim to be Muslim, we cannot separate anything from Allah. Allah should be remembered in our thinking, in our actions, in our speech, in our dreams, and in our every breath. After we have put our hope only in Him, and have decided to fear none but Him, there should be no pressure to conform to the ways of secularism and atheism.

There are several benefits of constantly thanking Allah and remembering him in our speech:

First, this is a form of dhikr. Through thanking Allah and attributing our success to Him, we engage in His remembrance.

Second, this is a sign of humility. The life of a true Muslim is nothing about him but everything about Allah. Excluding Allah from our achievement and thinking that our achievement is all about our own effort is the essence arrogance and ungratefulness. Being Muslims, we cannot afford arrogance and ungratefulness. Being Muslims, we firmly believe that we can only try. For the result, we put our trust in Allah. If we fail, we resort to patience. If we succeed, we thank Allah and make our success a means to achieve humility.

Third, constantly thanking Allah is the way to become a grateful slave. Allah loves those who are grateful. And if we are grateful, He will give us more.

Fourth, this is a demonstration that we wear the tag of Muslim with pride. Are you not proud to be a Muslim? You should be. And if you are really proud, then what is preventing you from praising Allah when you have an opportunity to do so? As one Sheikh put it, “I am not only proud to be Muslim, I am also proud of the fact that I am proud to be Muslim [for those who have some knowledge of programming: it is like recursive programming ;)]

Fifth, this is a form of dawah. If my Christian boss suddenly asks me the meaning ‘Alhamdulillah’ and wants to know why we say it, this will be a great opportunity for me to briefly present the beauty of Islam to him.

So my dear brothers and sisters in Islam!

From now on, instead of saying “I have earned my degree”, we should say, “Allah has blessed me with this degree.”

Instead of saying “I have bought a car”, we should say, “Allah has blessed me with a car.”

Instead of saying “I have got a job”, we should say, “Allah has blessed me with a job.”

If we cannot paraphrase a sentence like this, we should simply add Alhamdulillah at the beginning.

Do not miss an opportunity to praise Allah. Praise Allah during your job interviews. Praise Allah during your informal conversations. Praise Allah and His Messenger (ﷺ) before you give a speech. Praise Allah as much as you can-both secretly and publicly.

May Allah make us among the ones who constantly in their speech thank Him, remember Him, praise Him, and glorify Him. Ameen.

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The video that I was watching: Makkah Taraweeh video of the 16th Night, Ramadan, 1431. Superb recitation of the last part of Surah Al-Kahf by Sheikh Saud Ash-Shuraim. Mashallah!