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Recitaton of the Holy Quran by: Sheikh Mohammed Rifat

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Uploaded on Nov 19, 2007

Short Surahs of the Holy Quran, beautifully recited (as always) by the Late, Great Qari (Recitor). Sheikh Mohammed Rifat (RahimahuLLAH). Sheikh`s brief Bio.
Sheikh Rifaat was born in Cairo in the Al-Azhar district of Megharbelin on 9 May 1882. It was on 9 May, too, that he died, 68 years later. As a child he contracted ophthalmia which led to his blindness when he underwent an unsuccessful operation on his eyes. Yet far from being an obstacle, his sightlessness pushed him forward, and he was to become the greatest Quranic reciter of his generation. Unlike many of his peers, he attended secular schools rather than the traditional kuttab. Yet by the age of 10 he had memorised the entire Quran.
Rifaat began reciting at mulids (religious festivals) following the death of his father, when he was left to support his family. He soon developed an ardent following and by the age of 15 had landed a permanent job reciting the Quran at the Mustafa Fadel Pasha Mosque in Darb Al-Gamamiz Street. He spent the next 25 years of his life working there.
Meanwhile, Rifaat studied the phonetic rules of Quranic recitation under the most prominent reciters of the time. His masters were quick to appreciate the extraordinary talent and voice of their apprentice.
He overwhelmed his listeners with graceful shifting tones that served to explicate the texts he recited. In giving voice to submissiveness, power and compassion Rifaat attained the paradox of the ideal Quranic recitation, achieving the state of tasweer al-maana (picturing the meaning), a perfect correlation of melody and meaning.

Sheikh Mohamed Rifaat (1882-1950).

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