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Some Favorite Reciters

May 3, 2009


I’ve put together a list of my favorite reciters, other than the top 3: Shaykh Hosary, Shaykh Minshawy, and shaykh AbdulBaasit raihamhumullah.

Follow along with the translation at Find high quality recitations at:

1. Imam Ali Jaber rahimahullah

Ali Jaber, born Ali Ibn Abdullah Ibn Ali Jaber, was an eminent reciter from Saudi Arabia. He was born in Jeddah in 1373 Hijri. While he was five, Ali moved with his parents to Madinah where he had memorized the Holy Qur’an at the age of 15. When the Custodian of the two holy mosques moved to Jeddah, Ali Jaber was nominated Imam of the Holy mosque of Makkah. In 1403, Ali Jaber asked to be exempted from his functions of imam and took them back to lead evening-prayers in Ramadan’s and then as an official imam of the Holy Mosque in the same year he got his doctorate certificate in 1407 Hijri. Ali Jaber died in 1426 Hijri in Jeddah.

Surah Insaan

Ebadur Rahman ayat from Surah Furqaan

Surah Jinn

Witr Duaa

2. Shaykh Tawfeeq as-Sawa’igh

Tawfeeq Saeed as-Sawa’igh, born Tawfeeq Bin Said Bin Ibrahim as-Sawa’igh in 1974 in Asamara, Eritrea. Graduating from the Scientific Institute of Jeddah, Tawfeeq Saeed as-Sawa’igh entered the Imam Mohamed bin Saud University and then the Umm al Qura University of Makkah for his masters. Tawfeeq Saeed as-Sawa’igh is the president of the Eritrean community in the Communities Bureau of Jeddah. He is also the president of the General Committee of the Holy Quran Prize Faleh Al-Thani of Doha. Tawfeeq Saeed as-Sawa’igh is currently the Imam of Lami Mosque of Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.

Surah A’raaf : 34-46 (amazing ayaat subhanAllah)

Surah Qamar (my favorite recitation of this surah)

3. Hani Rifa’i

Surah Jumu’ah

Surah Maryam

Surah Taha

4. Mahir Muaq’ily and Adil Kalbaani

Surah Furqaan, ayaat 1-62 recited by Imam Kalbaani and 63-77 recited by Imam Mahir.

Witr salah and Duaa Qunoot by Kalbaani (I love his duaa!)

(Find more of their audios from last year’s taraweeh prayers in Makkah here:

5. Ibrahim Jibreen

Surah Haaqqah

Beginning of Surah Anfal

6. Abdullah Matrood

Surah Al-e-Imran 164-185

Surah Naba

Who are your favorite reciters?

13 Comments leave one →
  1. May 4, 2009 10:03 am

    Mashallah, thanks for sharing this…

  2. May 5, 2009 6:51 pm

    you’re welcome.

  3. zan permalink
    May 5, 2009 9:28 pm

    jazakallah for sending the qirats. But may be i don’t understand tajweed much so i like the qirat of those who has tunes in their qirat like Rashid Bin Mishari.Few days back i heard the qirat of small boy reciting surah Qaf on utube and the website mentioned on the screen was and i liked it very much.i want to know the name of that boy so to get more of his recitation.
    thanks for sharing all the information and your mails

  4. QasYm permalink
    May 5, 2009 10:41 pm

    This is the first time I’ve ever seen a near top 10 list of reciters and no mention of Mishary Rashid al-Afasy! How is this humanly possible?

  5. May 5, 2009 10:51 pm

    Zan: wa iyyaki! Yes, it’s very important to listen to reciters with proper tajweed when memorizing. I would suggest Hodaify, Abdullah Basfar and/or Hosary to you inshaAllah tajweed wise. You’re welcome and I hope you stop by again 🙂

    QasYm: I was waiting for someone to mention Mishary! I’m not on the Mishary boat 🙂 I love a few of his recitations, Surah Shu’ara ( , Surah Muhammad ( and Surah Anbiya ( … But these are his old school recitations, I prefer these over the newer ones. His older recitations used to be up on islamway but last time I checked it was removed sadly.

    Oh and his nasheeds are very nice mashaAllah!

  6. ooohshiny permalink
    May 17, 2009 6:40 am

    Abdullah ibn Matrood is my all-time favorite. Other than him, Sudais and Salah Bukhatir and Abu Bakr Shatri are a few of my favorites.
    I also realy loved Abu Hajar al-Iraqi’s recitation but I can only find one surah on the aswatalislam site:

  7. Enabled permalink
    June 16, 2009 5:18 pm

    Can’t believe Sheikh Shuraim hasn’t been mentioned yet. Sheikh Shuraim and Sheikh Almuaiqly share the number 1 spot, they both have a unique style of reciting 🙂

    I really like Shuraim’s younger recitations like:

    Here are also some nice Nabil arrifa3ie recitations:

    Masha’Allah on the website, keep up the good work.

  8. Zeeshan permalink
    July 26, 2011 12:55 pm

    can anyone tell me where sheikh abdullah matrood leads taraweeh ? in which masjid?

  9. August 4, 2011 5:13 pm

    I believe he is in Riyadh.

  10. unnamed permalink
    January 8, 2013 9:10 am

    where r imaans of Ka’abah? Sheikh Sudais, Shuraim, Mahir, Abdullah, n all? the top reciters!

  11. unnamed permalink
    January 8, 2013 9:30 am


  12. February 7, 2013 1:00 pm

    They are great too, mashaAllah 🙂 But the above are my personal favorites.

  13. Faizal Shaik permalink
    January 4, 2016 12:00 pm

    My favourite is Sheikh Abdullah Ibn Muhammad Al Matrood. Do you know where to find him?

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