Heavenly Voice: Abdul Basit Abdel Samad

Heavenly Voice

Abdul Basit Abdus Samad 1927-1988

Tarek Abdul Basit

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Widely considered to be one of the greatest Quran reciters of the modern era, Abdul Basit Abdus Samad received the global acclaim that no other Quran reciter has received to this day.

Born in 1927 in a village in Upper Egypt, he finished memorising the entire Quran by heart at the tender age of ten. He also learnt the seven styles of Quran recitation by the age of twelve and the ten styles of Quran recitation by the age of fourteen.

In 1951, at the age of nineteen, he went to the capital Cairo for the first time and recited the Quran at Zaynab Mosque. It was an event where many famous Quran reciters were present. His performance was so outstanding that the crowd requested him to recite beyond his allocated ten minutes — in fact, he continued to recite for over an hour and a half.

There began his journey of ascension. In the same year, he started reciting the Quran on Egyptian National Radio.

Abdul Basit later went on to win three international Quran competitions in the seventies and toured the world mesmerising audiences with his breathtaking recitation. He was the founding president of the Union of Quran Reciters in Egypt.

He was dubbed the “Golden Throat and the Voice of Heaven” due to his melodious style, remarkable breath control, and unique emotional and engaging tone. His legacy remains unmatched as Quran reciters across the world attempt to imitate his unique and mesmerising style.

This profile charts his journey from a village in Upper Egypt to international fame and recognition.

Name

Tarek Abdul Basit

Country

Egypt

Biography

Tarek Abdul Basit was born in Cairo, in1959, the seventh child in a family of 11 children. He memorised the Quran at the young age of fifteen and under the guidance of his father, Shaykh Abdul Basit Abdus Samad. After completing his secondary education, he chose to obtain a BA in the Faculty of Law and Military Sciences at the Police Academy, graduating with a position within the Ministry of Interior leading to a position as a Major General later. To fulfil his father's desire to complete his duty in the service of the Noble Quran, Tarek decided to secure a place at an independent and different school to his father and joined the Recitation Institute at Al-Azhar Al-Sharif, and after two years graduating with a license in the recitation of Hafs A'n Asim. Tarek was very close to his father, and he accompanied him in his youth attending his meetings and listening to the recitation of his students. His father shared his intimate knowledge and wisdom with Tarek until his death. In addition to recording various events that included his visits inside and outside of Egypt, on November 30, 1988, Shaykh Abdul Basit Abdus Samad passed away at the age of 61, when Tarek was 29 years old.

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Title

Heavenly Voice

Format(s)

Paperback

Edition

1st

Pages

70

ISBN

9781800119857

Dimensions

215mm (H) x 140mm (W) 

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