Showing posts with label 1885. Show all posts
Showing posts with label 1885. Show all posts

Saturday 9 March 2019

The Oldest Quran Recitation on Earth (Ever Recorded!)

The recitation of the Holy Qur'an has become an art and there are many voices around the word that captivate the listeners when the Holy Qur'an is recited. It is the love and affection with the Holy Qur'an of the Muslims that make them to try their best to recite the verses in as captivating manner as possible to attract even non Muslims to the Divine commandments.

While I have been sharing the video recital of various chapters of the Holy Qur'an in my posts on exegesis of the chapters of the Holy Qur'an, today I am honoured to share something that is a rarity and indeed a prized fortune for Muslims around the world. The video I am sharing includes the oldest recitation of the Holy Qur'an ever recorded.

The video also includes a very rare collection of photos of the Holy City of Makkah dating back over 100 years ago. Accompanied also by a very rare and possibly the earliest recitation of Qur'an we will ever hear. The recording of the recitation of Sūrat aḍ-Ḍuḥā ( The Morning Brightness ), the Chapter 93rd chapter of the Holy Qur'an is attributed to Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje who visited Makkah in 1885/1302H taking photos and making sound recordings using Thomas Edison's newly-invented wax cylinders.

I am sharing the Arabic text of the surah below for those who want to follow the surah when it is being recited:
بِسْمِ اللهِ الرَّحْمٰنِ الرَّحِيْمِ 
"In the name of Allah, the Most Gracious, the Most Merciful"

Be honoured to listen to the oldest recording of the Holy Quran (Sūrat aḍ-Ḍuḥā) now:

About Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje: Christiaan Snouck Hurgronje (1857-1936) was a Dutch scholar of Oriental cultures and languages and Advisor on Native Affairs to the colonial government of the Netherlands East Indies. Born in Oosterhout in 1857, he became a theology student at Leiden University in 1874. Snouck, who was fluent in Arabic, through mediation with the Ottoman governor in Jeddah, was examined by a delegation of scholars from Mecca in 1884 and upon successfully completing the examination was allowed to commence a pilgrimage to the Holy Muslim city of Mecca in 1885. He was one of the first Western scholars of Oriental cultures to do so. [Wikipedia]

You may refer to our post "114 Chapters (Sūrahs) of the Holy Qur'an" for translation, meaning and summary / exegesis of other chapters (Though not complete but building up from 30th Part backwards for chapters in 30th Part are shorter and easier to understand). 

References: | Sūrat aḍ-Ḍuḥā |
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