SHAFAQNA- Egyptian Quran reciter Abdul-Basit Abdus-Samad (1927–1988) arguably has been the most popular Qari in the world.
Born in Egypt in 1927, Abdul Basit Abdul Samad started learning Quran recitation and memorization at 8 and learned the entire Holy Quran by heart at the age of 10.
He went on to become known for his recitation styles not only in Egypt but around the Islamic world and beyond.
It is said that many people, even non-Muslims, including world leaders such as Indira Gandhi, an Indian prime minister and political leader, were touched by his recitation.
He died of liver cancer at the age of 61 in 1988.
Iranian Quran master Abbas Salimi calls Abdul Basit a legendary reciter, saying he “recited the Quran with his heart and soul, and that is one of the main reasons why his recitations have been timeless.
Seyyed Mohsen Mousavi Baladeh, another Iranian master, regards Abdul Basit as a great man whose character was outstanding and who was known for humbleness and dignity.
Below are two rarely seen photos of the late Egyptian Qari.