Pani patti is an alternate accent/style of reciting the Quran, compared with the traditional Arabic or Egyptian accent. Pani patti accent is specific to India and Pakistan and is limited in the sub-continent region only. Although, even in the sub-continent it is not as popular and known among people as the traditional style of recitation.
In Pani patti accent, verses of the Quran are recited in homogenous tone with a little variation. The graph of tone, in every verse, rises after the start, then keeps its typical melody for a while, and falls symmetrically at the end. This style of recitation is considered to be very rhythmic and melodic.
Pani patti accent is supposed to have been originated in the region of Panipat in India, and got its name from there. In Pakistan, there are many schools (madrassah's) in the cities of Multan and Faisalabad that teach pani patti accent.
Pani patti accent is a bit controversial among the Quran reciters. The orthodox conventional Arabic style Qaris, consider Pani patti as an imitation to some form of music, which is forbidden in Islam. The anti-pani patti group also sometimes quote a Hadeeth, in which Muslims are encouraged to recite the Quran in the Arabic style.
Schools where Pani Patti is taught
- Qari Altaf, Jamia Masjid Khulfia-e-Rashdeen, G-9/2 Islamabad
- Masjid Rana Market F-7, Islamabad
- Jamia Faredia, Islamabad
- Darul Uloom Ashab-e-Suffah Asif Town Jauharabad(Khushab).