Sheikh Muhammad Rifat

Sheikh Muhammad Rifat

Sheikh Muhammad Rifat (sometimes spelled Rif'at or Rifaat) (May 9 1882 - May 9 1950) was the first 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 Rifat is often praised for correlating melody to the meaning of the Qur'anic Verses, a feat known in Arabic as "tasweer al-mana".


Sheikh 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 1943, he contracted an illness which left him unable to continue.

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


In addition to recordings made by the radio station, there exist a limited number of recordings made by Zakariyyâ Muhran Basha and Muhammad Khamees which his son, Mr. Husayn Rifat, has made available to the public. The recordings suffer distortion and are not regarded as a true likeness of the reciter's voice.


*Saifulla, M S M & Muhammad Ghoniem. September 27 2001. [ Biographies Of Some Professional Reciters Of The Qur'ân From Egypt] Islamic Awareness. Accessed August 23 2007.

* [ Sheikh Mohammed Rifa¹at 'Master' of the Holy Qur¹an Reciters] May 10 2000. Accessed August 23 2007.

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* [ quran] Arabic
* [ qquran] Arabic with available English translation

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