Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Fatiha by Sheikh Abdul basit Abd al Samad

I thought I'd share one of the little shown but beautiful aspects of Islam in this post. I stumbled upon this online and it is truly unlike anything I have heard before. The late Sheikh Abdul Baset Abd al Samad is an Egyptian reciter (and my favourite). Unlike current popular ones like Saad al Ghamdi or the late Sheikh al Sudais, who are quite good, al Samad has a slower, more comforting, but sadder, tone that borders on yearning. Truly passionate. This recording was apparently made in Aleppo, Syria in 1957. I do hope you enjoy it, it is a recitation of the Fatiha, or opening verses of the Quran and it is absolutely amazing.

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