Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad

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Abdul Basit Muhammad Abdus Samad
عبـدُ الباسِـط مُحـمّـد عبـدُ ٱلصّـمـد
  • The Golden Throat
  • Voice of Heaven
  • Voice of Mecca[1]
Born1927 (1927)
Armant, Egypt
Died1988(1988-00-00) (aged 60–61)
ReligionIslam {Sunni}.
NationalityEgyptian Egypt
Known forHis unique melodic recitation of the Quran
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‘Abdul-Basit ‘Abdel-Samad (Arabic: عبـدُ الباسِـط مُحـمّـد عبـدُ ٱلصّـمـد‎), or Abd ul-Basit Abd us-Samad, or Abdul Basit Muhammad Abdus Samad (1927 – 30 November 1988) was an Egyptian Quran reciter[2] and is regarded as one of the best reciters of the Quran who ever lived.[1][3][4][5] 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. At 10, Abdul Basit finished learning the entire Quran by heart in his village. He also learned 7 styles of Quran recitation by the age of 12 and the 10 styles by 14. The quadrumvirate of El Minshawy, Abdul Basit, Mustafa Ismail, and Al-Hussary are generally considered the most important and famous Qurra' of modern times to have had an outsized impact on the Islamic world.[6][7][8][9]:83. He gained the reputation of being called 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 Qur'an reciters attempt to imitate his unique style.


A proud Saidi,[2] Abdul Basit traveled extensively inside and outside Egypt and met with several kings and Emirs, even offered honorary naturalisation but rejected any offers, stating that he's proud of his Saidi heritage.[2] He recited at the Sacred Mosque, the Haram Mosque of Mecca several times. In 1961, he also recited at the Badshahi Masjid, in Lahore, Pakistan as well as reciting in one of the biggest Madrasas, in Europe and in the United States.

Illness and death[edit]

He suffered from complications from diabetes late in his days and was trying to resist the disease with great care and commitment to eating and drinking, but liver laziness coincided with diabetes, and he could not resist these two diseases together, so he contracted hepatitis less than a month before his departure, so he entered the hospital, but his health deteriorated, which prompted his children and doctors to advise him to travel to treat his illness in London hospitals, and he stayed there for a week, and he was accompanied by his son Tariq, so he asked him to take him back to Egypt.

He passed away on Wednesday, November 30, 1988 and his funeral was national and official at the local and global levels, so the funeral was attended by a large group of people, including ambassadors of the countries of the world on behalf of their people, kings and heads of state, in appreciation of his role in the field of advocacy in all its forms, his surviving relatives included (from oldest to the youngest): Yasir, Hisham, and Tariq. Following his father's footsteps, Yasir also became a Qari. In 2006, a mosque in his native village of Armant in Luxor, Southern Egypt, was opened under his name.[10]


  1. ^ a b Qari Abdul Basit Abdul-Samad Biography عبد الباسط عبد الصمد Great Muslim Lives www.youtube.com, accessed 11 April 2021
  2. ^ a b c لقاء مع طارق عبد الباسط نجل القارئ عبد الباسط عبد الصمد, ملك المغرب محمد الخامس عرض عليه الإقامة الكاملة والجنسية المغربية، فرفض وقال أنا رجل صعيدى واعتز بمصريتى.
  3. ^ Egyptian Quran reciter, Abdul Bad it Abdel Samad - القارئ المصري الشيخ عبد الباسط عبد الصمد, retrieved 2019-11-08
  4. ^ صفحة القارئ عبد الباسط عبد الصمد - موقع تلفاز القرآن الكريم, retrieved 2019-11-08
  5. ^ عبدالباسط عبدالصمد.. "صوت مكة" القادم من صعيد مصر - The "Voice of Mecca" who came from Upper Egypt.
  6. ^ Taha Shoeb (2 Feb 2018). "Khalaf from Hamzah – A look at the features of recitation of al-Qur'an by Shahzada Husain Bhaisaheb". thedawoodibohras.com. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020.
  7. ^ Ejaz Taj (6 Sep 2018). "A Meeting with the Egyptian Giants, al-Minshāwī, al-Huṣrī, Muṣṭafā Ismāʿīl and ʿAbdul-Bāsit ʿAbdus-Ṣamad". islam21c.com. Archived from the original on 18 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  8. ^ "Best Quran Recitation Competition for Students Planned in Egypt". iqna.ir. 4 May 2020. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020.
  9. ^ Frishkopf, Michael (28 Dec 2009). "Mediated Qur'anic Recitation and the Contestation of Islam in Contemporary Egypt". In Nooshin, Laundan (ed.). In Music and Play of Power in the Middle East (pdf). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0754634577. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020 – via pdfslide.net.
  10. ^ "افتتاح مسجد القارئ الشيخ عبدالباسط عبدالصمد في الأقصر بعد تطويره", www.elwatannews.com, retrieved 11 April 2021

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