A Qari (lit.'reader', Arabic: قَارِئ, plural قَارِئُونَ qāriʾūna, قُرَّاء qurrāʾ or قَرَأَة qaraʾah) is a person who recites the Quran with the proper rules of recitation (tajwid).[1]

Although it is encouraged, a qāriʾ does not necessarily have to memorize the Quran, just to recite it according to the rules of tajwid with melodious sound.

The quadrumvirate of El Minshawy, Abdul Basit, Mustafa Ismail, and Al-Hussary, who belong to the famous and well-respected "Egyptian Reciting School", are generally considered the most important and famous Qurra' of modern times to have had an outsized impact on the Islamic world.[2][3][4][5]:83

Notable Qāri

The following list is a partial list of some notable reciters of the Qur'an:




In Egypt, the senior Qur'an Reader is referred to as Shaykh al-Maqâri [6] (Arabic: ٱلشـيخ المقأرِئ, lit.'Scholar of the Reciting Schools').





Saudi Arabia


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  3. Ejaz Taj (6 Sep 2018). "A Meeting with the Egyptian Giants, al-Minshāwī, al-Huṣrī, Muṣṭafā Ismāʿīl and ʿAbdul-Bāsit ʿAbdus-Ṣamad". islam21c.com. Archived from the original on 18 May 2020. Retrieved 18 May 2020.
  4. "Best Quran Recitation Competition for Students Planned in Egypt". iqna.ir. 4 May 2020. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020.
  5. Frishkopf, Michael (28 Dec 2009). "Mediated Qur'anic Recitation and the Contestation of Islam in Contemporary Egypt". In Nooshin, Laundan (ed.). In Music and Play of Power in the Middle East (pdf). London: Routledge. ISBN 978-0754634577. Archived from the original on 19 May 2020 via pdfslide.net.
  6. Brockett, Adrian Alan, Studies in two transmissions of the Qur'an
  7. "Bohra Community to Hold Quran Contest". Khaleej Times. 15 Apr 2008. Archived from the original on 13 June 2020. Retrieved 13 Jun 2020 via iqna.ir. Hafiz ul Quran Syed Hussain bin Mufaddal Saifuddin, a renowned Qazi and grandson of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin from Mumbai to attend the event.

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