Listen With Your Heart

I believe this was recorded in 1957 in Damascus, Syria.  In this recording, Shaykh Abdul Basit Abdul Samad is reciting Surah Al-Fatiha and the beginning of Surah Al-Baqarah.  Regardless of one’s professed faith, the beauty of his voice and recitation is undeniable.  Just listen with your heart.

Here is a translation of Surah Al-Fatiha with arabic from

surah fatiha
Bismillāhi r-raḥmāni r-raḥīm
1:1 In the name of God, the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy!

surah fatiha
Al ḥamdu lillāhi rabbi l-’ālamīn
‎1:2 Praise belongs to God, Lord of the Worlds,

surah fatiha
Ar raḥmāni r-raḥīm
‎1:3 the Lord of Mercy, the Giver of Mercy,

surah fatiha
Māliki yawmi d-dīn
‎1:4 Master of the Day of Judgement.

surah fatiha
Iyyāka na’budu wa iyyāka nasta’īn
‎1:5 It is You we worship; it is You we ask for help.

surah fatiha
Ihdinā ṣ-ṣirāṭ al-mustaqīm
‎1:6 Guide us to the straight path:

surah fatiha
Ṣirāṭ al-laḏīna an’amta ‘alayhim ġayril maġḍūbi ‘alayhim walāḍ ḍāllīn
‎1:7 the path of those You have blessed, those who incur no anger and who have not gone astray.

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