Persons Behind Formulation of IQRA

Sheikh Qari Mahmud Khalil Al Hussori (Egypt)

President (first committee)

In January ,1966 in West Pakistan,the worlds first organization of Quran Reciters (اتحاد القراء),جمعية تلاوة القرأن الكريم الدولية (اقرأ)‘ / International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)was established.Quran Reciters of 17 countries attended the conference and they were selected as life members of IQRA.

Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussory was selected as the first President of IQRA.

Born: September 17, 1917,Tanta,Egypt

Died:Monday, November 24, 1980,Cairo,Egypt

Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al Hussori ( الشيخ محمود خليل الحصري‎‎) was a renowned reciter of the Quran.

He was born in a village called Shobra al-Namla in Tanta,Egypt in 1917. Mahmoud entered the Quran School at the age of four. At 8, he had already memorized the whole Quran and at 12, he entered to the religious institute and learned the ten Qira’at (recitations) in Al-Azhar University.

When he was twenty-five years of age he went to Tanta and established himself as a reciter. He was the reciter at the well-known Ahmadi Mosque there. Ten years later, in 1944, he moved to Cairo and entered the official radio station as a reciter where he made his first recitation on February 16, 1944. On August 7, 1948, he was nominated Muazzin of ‘Sidi Hamza Mosque’ and then a reciter in the same mosque. He was also supervising recitation centers of Al-Gharbia province.

In 1949, Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussory was appointed reciter of ‘Sidi Ahmed al-Badaoui’ of Tanta, of al-Ahmadi Mosque and then of Imam al-Husseiny Mosque in Cairo by 1955.

In Cairo, Sheikh Al-Hussory also studied at Al-Azhar University. He was also a well-known religious scholar and author of many books on various aspects of the Quran. He was also involved in the recent Azhari printing of the Quranic text. His status as reciter was somewhat official. he held the title Sheikh Al-Muqri (Scholar of the Reciting Schools), and his opinions were frequently solicited and quoted by the media.

Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussory was appointed the Shaikhul Qurra(شيخ القراء) of Egypt.  His recordings are widely distributed outside of Egypt. As one of the four top-ranking reciters in Egypt, he recorded the complete Quranic text in both styles of recitation, Murattal (Tarteel) and Mujawwad(Tajweed) and was the first to record and broadcast the Murattal style.Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussory  is known for the correctness (Tajweed) of his recitation .

In 1966 & 1967, he participated as one of the conveners in the first & second ‘International Qira’at Conference’ held in East Pakistan(Dhaka,Chittagong,Sylhet) & West Pakistan(Karachi,Lahore,Rawalpindi,Peshawar), organized by ‘International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA).

Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussory was one of the most esteemed reciters of his time. Sheikh Mahmoud Khalil Al-Hussory traveled many countries for Quran recitation during his entire life.

 

Qari Zaher Qasemi (Pakistan)

Secretary General (first committee)

In January ,1966 in West Pakistan,the worlds first organization (اتحاد القراء) of Quran Reciters جمعية تلاوة القرأن الكريم الدولية (اقرأ)‘ / International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’  was established.Quran Reciters of 17 countries attended the conference and they were selected as life members of IQRA.

Qari Zaher Qasemi was selected as the Secretary General of IQRA.

Born: 1922, Karachi ,Pakistan

Died: September 4 , 1988, United States

Qari Zaher Qasemi was a reputed Qari of Pakistan.His Grandfather Mawlana Muhammad Qasem Nanutoby (RA) was a renowned Islamic scholar and the main person responsible for establishing  ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’ ,the topmost Islamic Institute of the Subcontinent,and his father was also a reputed Islamic scholar Mawlana taher (RA).Qari Zaher Qasemi was the nephew of one of the greatest Islamic scholar of the Indian Subcontinent Mawlana Qari Tayyab (RA) who used to be the Principal of  ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’.

Qari Zaher Qasemi was  the main person responsible for establishing ‘International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’.

In 1966 & 1967, he participated as one of the conveners in the first & second ‘International Qira’at Conference’ held in East Pakistan(Dhaka,Chittagong,Sylhet) & West Pakistan(Karachi,Lahore,Rawalpindi,Peshawar), organized by ‘International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’.

In 1975, he represented Pakistan in the International Qira’at Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

Qari Zaher Qasemi established the finest Qira’at Institute in early 50’s  in West Pakistan called “Darul-Quran” at lazvella in Karachi.

Sheikh Qari Abdul Basit Muhammad Abdus Samad (Egypt)

Executive member

In January ,1966 in West Pakistan,the worlds first organization(اتحاد القراء) of Quran Reciters ,جمعية تلاوة القرأن الكريم الدولية (اقرأ)‘ / International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)was established.Quran Reciters of 17 countries attended the conference and they were selected as life members of IQRA.

Sheikh Abdul Basit Mohammed Abdussamad was selected as one of the Executive member of IQRA.

Born: 1927 , Armanate , Egypt

Died: November 30, 1988, Cairo, Egypt

Sheikh Abdul Basit Mohammed Abdussamad ( عبد الباسط محمدعبد الصمد), was a renowned Egyptian Qari (reciter of the Quran). As such, many modern reciters try to imitate his style.

In 1950, he came to Cairo where Muslims in many mosques were captivated by his recitations.

Sheikh Abdul Basit travelled extensively outside  of Egypt.He traveled Pakistan several times. In 1966,IQRA was established and during the conference he recited at the Badshahi Mosque in Lahore,and Nostor Park in Karachi in West Pakistan.In 1967,during the second conference of IQRA he recited at the Historical Paltan Maydan,in Dhaka in East Pakistan(Bangladesh) along with other Qurra from different countries. He visited Indonesia (1964/1965 ) at Jakarta and recited the Quran in the country’s biggest Mosque. The audience filled the entire room of the mosque, including the front yard,about a 1/4 of a million people listened to his recitation till dawn. Also in Pekalongan (city of Batik ), he recited at the Masjid Jame’ (Masjid Kauman), his recitation captivated the audience. He also recited for more than two hours at the ttop Islamic Institution of the Subcontinent” Darul Uloom Deoband’s” 100 years celebration in the early 1980s where scholars from all over the world were present in the thousands. In 1987, whilst on a visit to America, Sheikh Abdul Basit related a story from one trip he made to the Soviet Union with the then Egyptian president Gamal Abdel Naser.

Sheikh Abdul Basit was asked to recite for some leaders of the Soviet party. Sheikh Abdul Basit recounts that four to five of his listeners from the Communist Party were in tears on hearing the recitation, although they didn’t understand what was being recited, but they cried, touched by the Quran.

Indira Gandhi, the former Indian Prime minister and political leader always felt touched by his recitation and would stop alongside to appreciate his recitation.

Sheikh Abdul Basit died of an illness, not due to an accident. Seven days before his death, Sheikh Abdul Basit was admitted to one of the best hospitals in London. The exact date of his death has been confirmed to be on Wednesday, November 30, 1988.

Qari Muhammad Yusuf (Bangladesh)

Executive member

In January ,1966 in West Pakistan,the worlds first organization (اتحاد القراء) of Quran Reciters ,جمعية تلاوة القرأن الكريم الدولية (اقرأ)‘ / International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’  was established.Quran Reciters of 17 countries attended the conference and they were selected as life members of IQRA.

Qari Muhammad Yusuf was then selected as one of the Executive member of IQRA.

In 1991, Shaikhul Qurra Qari Muhammad Yusuf managed to reactivate International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA) in Bangladesh as its President.

Born: 15th January , 1938, Chittagong,the then Indian Subcontinent (after Independence Bangladesh)

Early life & Education: Qari Muhammad Yusuf is one of the renowned Reciter of Quran in the Asian region. He was born in a village called Daulatpur of Patiya in Chittagong,the then Indian Subcontinent (after independence Bangladesh). At the age of 5 he started his early child Quranic education to Mawlana Khayer Ahmad. At 7,he started memorizing (Hifz) Quran at ‘Madrasah Islamia Ziri’ Chittagong, and after completion of Hifz he got admitted into the same institution for higher education in ‘Daora-e-hadis’.In 1957 he completed his education and went to West Pakistan for studying Qira’at.There he admitted into the finest ‘Qira’at institute’ called ‘Madrasah Darul-Quran’ at lazvella in Karachi, founded by Qari Zaher Qasemi.Qari Muhammad Yusuf studied Qira’at from Ustad Qari Ali Muhammad Sharfuddin of Yemen,Ustad Qari Habibullah Khan of Afghanistan (his written books of Qira’at are popular in the subcontinent),and Ustad Qari Muhammad Iliyas of Pakistan. Qari Muhammad Yusuf was strongly influenced and affected by the recitation of Sheikh Mustafa Ismaeel and Sheikh Abdul Basit Muhammad Abdus Samad. He studied Qira’at for 5 years and completed in 1962.

Qari Muhammad Yusuf  was the first Bengali who achieved his ‘Ijaza’ on Qira’at of Imam Asem(RA)( قراءات امام عاصم) which comes successively from Prophet Muhammad ﷺ through his descendants.

Travels and achievements: In 1960 Qari Muhammad Yusuf joined Radio Pakistan (Karachi) being the first and only one Bengali Qari.

In 1962, he participated in ‘All Pakistan Qira’at Competition’ held at Arambag, Karachi in West Pakistan and won the 2nd prize with Silver Medal.

In 1963, he represented Pakistan in the 3rd International Qira’at Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He won the 2nd prize with Gold Medal.He’s the first and last person till now who got gold medal in this competition as a south Asian.
In 1963, he participated in International Qira’at Conference held in Burma (Myanmar) and Singapore.
In 1964, he participated in International Islamic Conference held in bondum, Indonesia.
In 1966, he participated as one of the conveners in the ‘first International Qira’at Conference’ held in West Pakistan, organized by ‘International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’.
In 1967, he represented Pakistan in the International Qira’at Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He won the 3rd prize.
In 1967, he participated as one of the conveners in the ‘2nd International Qira’at Conference’ held in West Pakistan & East Pakistan, organized by ‘IQRA’. Reciters of holy Quran originated from 17 countries attended the conference.
In mid 60’s, Qari Muhammad Yusuf participated in International Qira’at Conference held in Thailand,Philippine and Sri Lanka.
Qari Muhammad Yusuf was one of the organizers of liberation war during 1971 while living in Karachi. He was suspended from Karachi Radio and Television for his active participation and engagement in the organization of liberation war of Bangladesh. He used to be one of the leading conveners of the conference that took place on six points movement at Lahore & Nishtarpark, Karachi in 1966 where Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman graced the great gathering as the Chief Guest.
In 1972, Qari Muhammad Yusuf was appointed as the Chief Qari (شيخ القراء) of Bangladesh  attached to Bangladesh Radio and Television by Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahaman.
In 1975, he represented Bangladesh in the International Qira’at Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He won the 4th prize.
In 1978, he represented Bangladesh in the International Qira’at Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He won the 3rd prize.
In 1979, he participated in International Islamic Conference held in Saudi Arabia .He was awarded Gold Medal for his outstanding recitation in the conference.  He entered into KAABA (the house of Allah) as the  guest of honor of His Highness King Khalid bin Abdulaziz Al Saud.
In 1983, he represented Bangladesh in the International Qira’at Competition held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He won the 4th prize.
In 1996, he participated in Qira’at Conference held in Pakistan.
On 26th March, 1996, he was invited by the then Principal of ‘Darul Uloom Deoband'(the topmost Islamic institution in the Subcontinent) Mawlana Margubur Rahman, to participate in the Qira’at Conference held at Darul Hadis of ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’  in India. He was felicitated being the first and only one Bangladeshi in the history of ‘Darul Uloom Deoband’ for the recognition of his outstanding recitation.
In 2001, He visited Nairobi, Kenya for recitation and recorded his recitation for Radio and Television.
He also participated in Qira’at Conference in the United Arab Emirates ( UAE).
Qari Muhammad Yusuf managed to reactivate the activities of IQRA in Bangladesh as its President. He organized the ‘First International Quran Recitation Conference Bangladesh’ in 1991.Since 1991 till 2017, he organized 17 conferences at different locations of Bangladesh.

 

Sheikh Qari Ali Muhammad Sharfuddin (Yemen)

Executive member

In January ,1966 in West Pakistan,the worlds first organization (اتحاد القراء) of Quran Reciters,جمعية تلاوة القرأن الكريم الدولية (اقرأ)‘ / International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’  was established.Quran Reciters of 17 countries attended the conference and they were selected as life members of IQRA.

Sheikh Ali Muhammad Sharfuddin was selected as one of the Executive member of IQRA.

Sheikh Ali Muhammad Sharfuddin borned in Yemen.He died in Pakistan.He studied seven(7) Qira’at from Egyptian teachers .He used to recite in an amazing way.He shifted to Pakistan at the early 1950.There he joined ‘Darul-Quran Lazvella Karachi’ as a teacher.

In 1966 & 1967, he participated as one of the conveners in the first & second ‘International Qira’at Conference’ held in East Pakistan(Dhaka,Chittagong,Sylhet) & West Pakistan(Karachi,Lahore,Rawalpindi,Peshawar), organized by ‘International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA).

Sheikh Ali Muhammad Sharfuddin participated in the ‘ International Quran Recitation Conference’ in Bangladesh in 1994 & 1995, organized by ‘International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA).

 

 

 

Qari Muhammad Ilias(Pakistan)

Executive member

Qari Shaker Qasemi (Pakistan)

Executive member

In January ,1966 in West Pakistan,the worlds first organization(اتحاد القراء) of Quran Reciters جمعية  تلاوة القرأن الكريم الدولية (اقرأ)‘ / International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’  was established.Quran Reciters of 17 countries attended the conference and they were selected as life members of IQRA.

Qari Shaker Qasemi was selected as one of the Executive member of IQRA.

Qari shaker Qasemi was a reputed Qari of Pakistan in the early 70’s.He was a Qari of  Radio Pakistan.He is the younger brother of Qari Zaher Qasemi.He participated in ‘All Pakistan Qirat Competetion’ at Arambag in Karachi in 1962 and achieved Gold medal.

In 1966 & 1967, he participated as one of the conveners in the first & second ‘International Qira’at Conference’ held in East Pakistan(Dhaka,Chittagong,Sylhet) & West Pakistan(Karachi,Lahore,Rawalpindi,Peshawar), organized by ‘International Quran Recitation Association (IQRA)’.

 

Mawlana Asif Qasemi(Pakistan)

Executive member

"خيركم من تعلم القرآن وعلمه"-'The best amongst you are the ones who learn Quran and teach it to others'