The Sunna Recitation Style

Answered by Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat


Is the recitation style (prolonging and joining of ending of a verse to the beginning of the next verse) of the late Sheikh Abdul-Basit Abdul Samad a permissible way of reciting the Quran and is it a sunna waY of reciting?


Yes, the recitation you described is in and of itself permissible. This style is particularly beneficial for someone who understands the verses directly and wants to reflect upon listening. It is not meant to be the way everyone else recites, though.

The sunna way of reciting is beautiful and simple. The Messenger of Allah (Allah bless him and give him peace) recited fairly slowly – although faster recitation is permissible as long as the rules of Tajwid are maintained – and he stopped at the end of each verse. There are a few rare exceptions to this that are studied in tajwid, but this was the general way of the Prophet (Allah bless him and give him peace). Try to learn and replicate it in your own worship. (al-Munir Fi Ahkam al-Tajwid)

May Allah grant you the best of both worlds.

[Shaykh] Abdul-Rahim Reasat

Checked and Approved by Shaykh Faraz Rabbani

Shaykh Abdul-Rahim Reasat began studying Arabic Grammar and Morphology whilst studying for a degree in English and History. After graduating, He traveled to Damascus and studied Arabic, Hanafi Fiqh, Usul al-Fiqh, Theology, and Logic with Shaykh Adnan Darwish, Shaykh ‘Abd al-Rahman Arjan al-Binsawi, Shaykh Husayn Darwish, Shaykh Muhammad Darwish, the late Shaykh Rashad Shams, and others. He then moved to Amman to continue his studies in those fields, as well as in Tafsir, Quranic Sciences, Hadith Methodology and Commentary, Prophetic Biography, Prophetic Perfections and Traits, Rhetoric, Arabic Literature, and Tajwid. His teachers include Shaykh Ali Hani, Dr. Hamza al-Bakri, Dr Salah Abu al-Hajj, Dr Mansur Abu Zina, Shaykh Ahmad Hasanat, Shaykh Ahmad Jammal, and others.