Tilāwah: Sūrah Luqmān 8 – 22, Sūrah al-Ḥamd

Qirāʾah: Qālūn & Warsh ʿan Nāfiʿ; Assortment of Readings

No words of praise would do justice to the tilāwah of Sūrah al-Ḥamd by Shehzada Husain bhaisaheb Burhanuddin Saheb (DM) today. The recitation contained references to the narrations of Ḥafṣ ʿan ʿĀṣim, Qunbul ʿan Ibn Kathīr, al-Sūsī ʿan Abū ʿAmr and Khalaf ʿan Ḥamzah. The changes in the recitation effectively covered all ten readings even while direct references were made to the aforementioned four readings.

  1. The two mīms of rahīm and mālik were joined in a display of idghām kabīr and a reference to the reading of Abū ʿAmr (al-raḥīm-maliki).
  2. The alif in māliki was dropped in congruence with the reading of Abū ʿAmr.
  3. The recurring word ṣirāṭ with a ṣād was changed to sirāṭ with a sīn in a reference to the reading of Qunbul.
  4. Qunbul’s reading also caused the ṣilah of the mīm of plurality (ʿalayhimū).
  5. The same word ṣirāṭ was repeated with a hint of the letter zāy while pronouncing ṣād in a reference to the reading of Khalaf.
  6. The same reading caused the letter hāʾ in the word ʿalyhim to be read as ʾalayhum.

This tilāwah served as a reminder to the famous qirāʾah of Shaikh ʿAbdul Bāsiṭ where he had delivered a similar rendition of Sūrah al-Ḥamd. Click here to listen.


While reciting Sūrah Luqmān, Shehzada Saheb (DM) brilliantly delivered the maqām of ḥijāz twice in a row. Listen to some examples of this maqām below.

  1. From Sūrah al-Aḥzāb
  2. From Sūrah al-Ḥajj

Sūrah Luqmān was recited in the twin narrations of Qālūn and Warsh from the qirāʾah of Nāfiʿ. Find attached a page from the muṣ-ḥaf of Warsh and try to read it following the tajweed markings given in it. Then match your recitation with the audio provided below. Post your observations/questions in the comments section below after you have successfully finished the activity.

Audio of above page in the narration of Warsh.

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