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Learn Maqam Hijaz

Examples of maqam hijaz from famous reciters


The Overnight Qari: Your essential guide to reciting in style


In this post, I’ll provide examples of maqam hijaz from various world-famous reciters to help you learn the maqamat in order to learn to recite the Quran beautifully.

Maqam Hijaz is the sound of calling out, the sound of longing, and the sound of reaching out. It is a very beautiful tune, and in addition to being used in Quranic recitation, it is also used in dua and in the adhan.

Here is an example of maqam hijaz, demonstrated by Shaykh al-Helbawy:

Here’s an example of Surah al-Fatihah being recited in maqam hijaz by Shaykh Umar al-Qazabri from Morocco:

Learn maqam hijaz from this example by Shaykh Abdul Basit Abdus Samad (ra):
Surah Yasin – Shaykh Abdul Baset Abdus Samad

Here, Shaykh al-Minshawi recites from the end of Surah al-fajr in maqam hijaz:

Here’s another example from Shaykh al-Minshawi (ra), reciting from surah al-Hujurat:

From the murattal reciters, there is of course no better example to learn from than Shaykh Mishary Rashid al-Afasy.

Click here for Shaykh Mishary Rashid’s recitation of surah ad-duha (maqam hijaz)

Here’s a video where Shaykh Mishary Rashid al-Afasy recites in maqam hijaz:

Lastly, here’s a clip of Shaykh Hani ar-Rifaa’i reciting Surah al-Layl

I hope that listening to these examples helps you to get a better grasp of the tune pattern so that you can learn maqam hijaz. Many times people ask me what is the best way to learn the maqamat – undoubtedly one of the best ways is simply to listen to many, many examples. Just as your biceps will only get stronger by working out, your ear for a particular sound or tune pattern will only get stronger and stronger by listening more and more.

Remember also that the beauty of the Quran goes far beyond its sound … so don’t forget to read a translation, study the meanings, and implement the lessons in your life … a true Qari who is accepted by Allah ‘azza wa jallis a well-rounded individual spiritually, not just someone with an amazing voice.

Also, here’s a little BONUS! This is the adhan being called by Shaykh Naji al-Qazzazz … this is also an example of maqam hijaz:
الأذان – الشيخ ناجي القزاز


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