Abdul Basit 'Abd us-Samad

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Abdul Baset Muhammad Abdus Samad
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Born 1927
Armant, Hermonthis, Egypt
Died November 30, 1988 (aged 61-62)
Cairo, Egypt
Occupation Qari, Imam, Sheikh
Known for His unique recitation of the Holy Quran
Height 5 ft 10 in (178 cm)-5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Title Golden Throat
Children Yasir, Hisham and Tariq

‘Abdul-Basit ‘Abdel-Samad (1927 – 30 November 1988) (Egyptian Arabic; عبد الباسط عبد الصمد), (Kurdish; Ebdul Basit), was a renowned Kurdish Egyptian Qari (reciter of the Qur'an)[citation needed]. The Qari 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.

In 1950, he went from Luxor to Cairo. His mother was an Egyptian arab and father of Kurdish descent.


Abul-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 Indonesia (1964/1965 ), Jakarta, and recited the Qur'an in that country's biggest Mosque.

Illness and Death[edit]

He died of an illness, not due to an accident. Although most sources claim he died in a car crash. 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 Wednesday, November 30, 1988, and he is survived by his three sons (from oldest to the youngest): Yasir, Hisham, and Tariq. Following his father's footsteps, Yasir also became a Qari.

External links[edit]

Video and mp3 Abdul Basit Abdus Samad and Mustafa Ismail