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August 5, 2005

The Best Evening of the Summer, Hands Down

Alhamdulillah, I was fortunate to be at IIE tonight to participate in a truly amazing experience that made this evening the best evening of my summer so far, no question about it. Granted, that my summer has been pretty lousy as I was in exile for 3 months, but still… tonight was simply beautiful, and I can only be thankful to Him for allowing me to be there.

For those who may not know, IIE has graciously invited Qari Dr. Ahmed Nu`ayna of Egypt, a world renowned master recitor (qari) of the Qur’an to Chicago for the weekend. This is yet another proof for the greatness of Chicago for anyone out there who doubted this most sacred of truths–indeed, alhamdulillah, we are blessed. Anyway, to get an idea of who he is, think Qari Abdul Basit’s (may God have mercy on him) disciple… and the man’s a medical doctor(!) when he’s not bringing down the house with his beautiful recitation. As Mawlana Saleem (may Allah bless and preserve him) said tonight (translated from the Urdu), “Mashallah, he’s healing the bodies and the spirits with his work.” This guy has to be my new hero… Mashallah, may God bless him and preserve him (especially his voice!).

But tonight was something truly out of this world. The passion with which he recited, the emotion that was wrought on his face as his entire being recited the verse, and the flawless beauty that reverberated through that masjid hall as the Qur’an came from silence and returned to silence… what hopes do I have with mere words to capture the magnificence of tonight? Subhanallah, the way he recited the ruku from Surah Maryam (specifically, verses 12-36)… I felt as if I was actually part of that entire sequence–Jibril coming to Maryam; the pangs of childbirth; Allah providing her with food and drink; how she points to the child in the cradle when her people question her–and then, Subhanallah, the way he read “They said: ‘How can we talk to one who is a child in the cradle?’ He (`Isa [`alayhi al-salaam]) said: ‘I am the slave of God…” There wasn’t a dry eye in the entire audience. The coolest thing was towards the end when he started to bring in the different styles of recitation (Warsh, etc); however, even cooler (than the coolest, if such a thing exists, and pardon the grammatical error) was how he would make you think he’d stop at the ayah and then just bust out with another verse.

Enough of me talking. I just said that I’d have no hopes of using words to describe tonight, so I think the only thing left for me to do is to give the only thing that can help you understand tonight:

Please right-click and save as… it’s a huge file, please conserve bandwidth so that others can also listen to this.


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Qari Dr. Ahmad Nu`ayna
Surah Maryam (vv. 12-36), Surah al-Duha, Surah al-Inshirah, Surah al-Tin, Surah al-Kafirun, Surah al-Ikhlas, Surah al-Falaq, Surah al-Nas, Surah al-Fatiha, and Surah al-Baqarah (vv. 1-2)
14.5 MB | 63:23 minutes
mp3 format

I really recommend downloading this, closing AIM and any other distractions, and just lie down on your bed with the speakers up (or head phones) to enjoy this… trust me, best 63 minutes you’ll invest this entire summer.

For those who are in Chicago (or are within driving distance and have nothing better to do this weekend), you can catch Dr. Nu`ayna at one of the following:

Friday, pre-Jumu’ah prayer recitation at Islamic Society of Northern Suburbs (Rolling Meadows) Masjid

Friday, 7:30 pm at Muslim Community Center (MCC)

Saturday, 7:30 pm at Masjid al-Huda (Schaumburg)

Sunday, 7:30 pm at Islamic Foundation (Villa Park)

Finally, the reason IIE is holding this weekend of festivities (which by the way is FREE WITH FOOD INCLUDED) is to generate funds for their many projects–specifically, the masjid project. Mawlana Saleem doesn’t believe in fundraising of any sort; he’s always content to let Allah provide whenever and from wherever He wills. However, I dare disagree with my shaykh for a minute and argue that for IIE to take it to the next level, they’re going to need some significant revenue to benefit the community even more. Alhamdulillah, it’s amazing what’s being done now on such a tight budget… I get giddy with excitement just thinking how much more could be done if sufficient funds were there. So please, be sure to check out these events and tell everyone you know… but also, even though you probably won’t hear a single announcement asking for funds, on the behalf of Mawlana Saleem and IIE, I urge you all to give as much as you can and help IIE take it to the next level.

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21 Comments
  1. I agree with ur ideas about IIE…inshaAllah He will continue to give them the barakah that they are receiving and much much  more in the future…but we all have to pitch in because if we dont, Allah finds a way to do it without us…so its only to our benefit….

  2. Nu`ayna = hardcore. Molana Saleem = hardcore. Kr = tuttee

  3. Anonymous permalink

    Assalam Alaikum.Bro, join the IONA Chicago Emailing list since you live in Chitown… seriously. You’ll come across some of the most interesting personalities (both brothers and sisters). I joined it, even though I don’t live in Chicago lol. It’s that good. Email Br. Suhail and tell him you want to join the online emailing group.You can Email him at either: Suhail.moffat@gmail.com or Suhail.moffat@tanzeem.usDo you know him? They hold activities there as well. I know for sure that they hold a huge meeting (like 80 or so guys) every Saturday night at Masjid al-Huda at 11PM I believe. Join the local IONA group and participate in the struggle to change the mindset of society.Pass this on to all the other brothers who are living in Chicago.The Chicago chapter has a website as well: http://www.quranicwisdom.orgTake care,Samir

  4. The recitation is raw mA, no doubt.Unfortunately, that fact does not deter from your blatant and inexcusable misuse of the English language. First of all, it is “reciter” not “recitor.” Second, both “cooler” and “coolest” are grammatically correct.I caught these faults upon a mere first glance, so God Knows how many others are contained in this post.Observantly hating,IJB

  5. KR’s mp3 recorder = stud.

  6. Anonymous permalink

    alhamdulillah, it was an amazing experience. the best part about it was that i had the great opportunity to sit directly behind KR himself during the recitation, so i got to see him ballin’

  7. dude….this guy’s qirat is absolutely beautiful
    if anyone want’s to download more of his stuff (his studio recordings are great too), head to:
    http://www.qquran.org/que.php?goto=artiste&arid=5

  8. “This is yet another proof for the greatness of Chicago for anyone out there who doubted this most sacred of truths–indeed, alhamdulillah, we are blessed.”
    rub it in, why don’t you? 
    but beautiful recitation, masha’Allah.  it’s recitations like this that bring out even more beauty to the Qur’an.

  9. jazakALlah khair for this, ameen to bhaijan’s comment.
    p.s. one of these props is for your new color scheme *MUCH* better than the grey

  10. salaams!  neat posts… would you possibly be interested in contributing to iMuslim?

  11. JazakAllah khayr for this kr. Amazing stuff,  thanks for posting this.

  12. Anonymous permalink

    Nice job getting on top of recording that stud.

  13. 15 MB…  inshAllah will try to download it.
    hmm, was one of those recitations that shake you huh?
    I was reading your last entry, I love what that sister said, that women have never claimed god-head out of arrogance… thats deep.
    salaamalaikumwarahmatullahiwabarakatu. take care.

  14. Anonymous permalink

    I have a feeling I wont be able to attend tonite or even tomorrow. I know it wont be the same, but atleast I have this long clip. Hope it’s up for a while. thx.like the new site change. I dont know for anyone else, but the dark blue text color is kind of straining w/ a black background. You also have to take in to consideration the glare that’s developed due to a black screen. I suggest the skyblue or white for text color.

  15. Anonymous permalink

    Alhumdulillah, I’m so glad I was there.  Man…who ever missed it, they REALLY missed out on something very amazing.  It was much better listening to it in person.

  16. Salaams.. thanks for the comment… join the blogring?
    I’m very glad you’re interested… your level and type of writing is exactly what I’m looking for.  I’ll definitely be contacting you later… šŸ˜€

  17. Wow, Amazing, just hearing him is Amazing, Mashallah, I am glad to hear how awesome it was to hear him recite live, I wish I can be there. And to top that off this Qari is an MD, and a student of Qari Abdul Basit, man Mashallah. I agree KR IIE is a valuable asset to our community and we should urge every one we know to help support it.

  18. Anonymous permalink

    man subhan’allah…can’t wait to hear him tonight insha’allah

  19. man………i cant believe i was in baltimore 4 that………
    UIC believes in fundraising though so—-DONATE TO RAYYAN CENTER!!!!!!!!!!!

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