Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad
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Abdul Baset Muhammad Abdus Samad
|Died||30 November 1988 (aged 60–61)|
|Occupation||Qari, Imam, Sheikh|
|Known for||His unique recitation of the Quran|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)-5 ft 11 in (180 cm)|
|Title||The Golden Throat|
|Children||Yasir, Hisham and Tariq|
‘Abdul-Basit ‘Abdel-Samad (1927 – 30 November 1988) (Arabic; عبد الباسط عبد الصمد), was an Egyptian Qari. He had won three world Qira'at competitions in the early 1970s. ‘Abdus-Samad was one of the first huffaz to make commercial recordings of his recitations, and the first president of the Reciters' Union in Egypt.
Abdul-Basit travelled extensively outside Egypt; in 1961, he recited at the Badshahi Masjid, in Lahore, Pakistan as well as reciting in one of the biggest Madrasa's in Bangladesh, Al-Jamiatul Ahlia Darul Ulum Moinul Islam in Chittagong. He visited Jakarta in 1964 or 1965, and recited the Qur'an in that country's then-biggest Mosque.[clarification needed]
Illness and death
He died of an illness, not due to an accident. Most sources claim he died in a car crash, which has been disproved. Seven days before his death, 'Abdus-Samad was admitted to one of the best hospitals in London. The exact date of his death has been confirmed to be on 30 November 1988, and he has been survived by his three sons (from oldest to the youngest): Yasir, Hisham, and Tariq. Following his father's footsteps, Yasir also became a Qari.