Muhammad Rifat (sometimes spelled Rif'at or Rifaat) (May 9, 1882 – May 9, 1950) was the first Quran reciter to read on Egyptian Cairo Radio on May 31, 1934, and his voice and style, as well as his general character, have been promoted as a model of the ideal reciter.

Sheikh Muhammad Rifat

Rifat is often praised for correlating melody to the meaning of the Qur'anic Verses, a feat known in Arabic as tasweer al-mana.

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Rifat completed memorisation of the Qur'an by the age of ten. He then studied the rules of recitation under Sheikh Mohammed Al-Bughdadi and Sheikh Al-Samalouti.

In addition to his work on radio, Sheikh Rifat was the official reciter of the Qur'an at Mustapha Pacha mosque in Cairo for more than 25 years until, in 1942, he contracted an illness which left him unable to continue.

On the day that Sheikh Mohammed Rifat died, announcers around the world proclaimed the loss of one of the Islamic beacons of light.

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