Seven Tunes of Quranic Recitation (Maqamat)
Ustadh Hatim Yousef
ليس منا من لم يتغن بالقرآن
Experience the glorious beauty of the recitation of the Quran in the 7 classical musical tunes. Learn and recite these tunes with the master reciter, Ustadh Hatim Yousef.
At -A -Glance
- Learn and recite the Glorious Quran in the seven melodious tunes with Ustadh Hatim, who has trained and received authorization from the world-renowned Islamic Munshid – Abu Mahmoud Al-Tirmidhi – and was one of his most successful students.
- Explore exactly what the maqamat are, and their place in the recitation of the Quran.
- Discover suni’a bi sihr – literally: ‘formed by magic’ – the varied and stunning tunes of sika, nahawand, ‘ajm, bayat, saba, hijaz and rast.
- Study and understand the sayings of the Prophet that relate to beautifying the recitation of the Quran.
- Excel in reciting the Quran in a way that reflects the varied subtle meanings by navigating the tunes with skill in order to deliver the message in a way that impacts hearts.
About the Course
No musical instrument can come close to the instrumental tunes that can be made by the vocal cords of human beings. This natural beautiful voice (when it comes from the heart and is matched with an artistic ability and a sweet voice), penetrates the heart and moves the people to appreciate the majesty of the Quran and the word of Allah.
Varying constantly, the vocals of every human being differentiates in tone and pitch, some more pleasant to the ear than others. When the Quran is recited beautifully, the heart jumps to life and rejoices.
There are seven different tunes for reciting the Quran. These are called maqams. Maqams resemble colours in that every one of them is different and unique and brings its own shade to the canvas at hand. And like colours, they are hard to describe using words. Colours need to be seen; the maqams need to be heard. When properly using the maqams, one can transform his recitation into a harmonious melody. As one progresses through the maqams, his recitation is elevated tremendously, and he, in turn, becomes one who is even more loved by Allah and his Prophet(Allah bless him and give him peace). Praising those who recite the Quran in a melodic tune, the Prophet stated, “He who does not recite Quran with a melodious tone is not from among us”. This is to indicate that one who recites the Quran with a harmonious tune is loved by the Prophet(Allah bless him and give him peace) and is among his company. Further motivation: “Allah does not listen attentively to anything as much as he listens to someone who recites the Quran with a beautiful voice.” From these two adaptations one can understand the importance of studying the seven maqams, and why we as muslims should strive to beautify our recitation.
Another benefit of learning the maqams is that it provides one with the ability to change one’s tune depending on the verse one is reciting. When beginning a passage describing the punishments of hell, the mood of the maqam can be directed to invoke a fear in the listeners’ hearts. As a result, when in prayer one will feel a sense of humility in front of God as his heart is shaken with the powerful connotations of the Quran. Every successful qari has mastered this skill, and this is why the audiences incline towards their recitation. When mastered, maqams can be a tool by which one can permanently affect someone else’s life, inspire a student to memorize the Quran, or be the means by which one can gain closeness with their lord.
An intermediate or higher knowledge of Tajweed. A student who is memorizing the Quran or has already memorized the Quran.
The course runs for ten weeks each term.
There will be live classes each week where students can interact with their teacher, listen to the Ustadh recite, and receive feedback on their own live recitation.