Mohamed Siddiq El-Minshawi
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Mohamed Siddiq El-Minshawi or Mohamed Seddik El-Menshawy or Muhammad Siddik al-Minshawi (Arabic: مُحَـمّـد صِـدّيْـق المِـنـشَـاوي), also simply known as El Minshawy (January 20, 1920 – June 20, 1969), born in Upper Egypt, was a Qur'anic reciter and a Hafiz. The quadrumvirate of El Minshawy, Abdul Basit, Mustafa Ismail, and Al-Hussary are generally considered the most important and famous Qurra' of modern times to have had an outsized impact on the Islamic world.:83
Mohamed Siddiq El-Minshawi
مُحَـمّـد صِـدّيْـق المِـنـشَـاوي
|Died||June 20, 1969 (aged 49)|
|Known for||Accurate recitation of the Qur'an|
Having been significantly influenced by his father, El-Minshawi was also a protégé of Muhammad Rifat, Muhammad Salamah, famous reciters of the 20th century. He studied the rules of recitation under Ibrahim As-Su'oodi at a young age. He committed Qur'an to memory when he was 8 years old. He traveled to many countries outside of his homeland, including Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Libya, Palestine (Al-Aqsa Mosque), Saudi Arabia, and Syria.
El-Minshawi married twice, he had four boys and two girls with the first wife in addition to five boys and four girls with the second wife, but in 1968, his second wife died while on a pilgrimage.
El-Minshawi belongs to a family of traditional Huffaz, Calligraphers, and Qaris; and like him, his father, Seddik El Menshawy, and his brother, Mahmoud El Menshawy, were professional Qurra, too.
El Minshawi's recitations continue to be amongst the well known due to his impeccable Tajweed and style. He was the author of many books on various aspects of the Quran, and was also involved in the calligraphic printing of the Quranic text and “World of Islam festival”. His status as a Qari was lofty: He held the title Shaykh al-Maqâri, and his opinions were frequently solicited and quoted by the media. One can count a generation of younger reciters among his imitators.
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