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Biography of Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi

Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi

Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi is a Somali Qur’an reciter. He was born in 1964 to the reciter and preacher Ali Abdul Rahmane Sufi, who did a lot for the Qur’an recitation in Somalia.

Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi’s father has also taught numerous theologians. He built many schools and institutes for teaching and learning the Holy Qur’an. He founded the famous mosque of Mogadishu he called Al Cheikh Ali Sufi Mosque.

Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi first learnt the Qur’an at the mosque and finished memorizing it at the age of ten. He certainly owed to his father many of his skills. He taught him different recitations and the interpretations of the Qur’an and the Fiqh.

Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi went to Egypt in 1981 where he enrolled in the Qur’an Recitations institute and earned a high certificate in the ten recitations. In parallel, Abdul Rashid carried out studies in Al Azhar Mosque and was awarded by the late Cheikh Mohamed Ibn Ismail Al Hamdani two degrees in the ten recitations.

Back to Somalia, Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi started teaching and led prayers in his father’s mosque. He then toured many Arab countries to teach the Qur’an’s sciences. He taught in Egypt, Qatar where he was nominated imam and preacher of the Anas Ibn Malik’s Mosque in Doha.

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  1. Assalamu Alaikkum (Wrwb)
    I am Mohamed Abdullah living in Singapore and would like to enquire about the pronounciation in sura Yasin Verse mumber 9 (Pronounciation as "Suththan" and "Saththan". The ayat is as follows and the word is within bracket:
    وَجَعَلْنَا مِن بَيْنِ أَيْدِيهِمْ (سَدًّا) وَمِنْ خَلْفِهِمْ سَدًّافَأَغْشَيْنَاهُمْ فَهُمْ لَا يُبْصِرُونَ ﴿٩
    Why there are different prounouciations by the reciter Qari Abdul Rasheed Sufi. We decided that instead of checking with other Qari, we would like to enquire with the same Qari, Qari Abdul Rasheed Sufi who recited the sura Yasin.
    We appreciate your answer and we would like to hear from you soon. The purpose is to know whether both prounouciation or either one is correct. If both are correct kindly let us have explanation as we are learning the pronounciation.
    Ma'salam Jazakallahul Khair
    Mohamed Abdullah
    email: ab.sendmail@gmail.com (Mohamed Abdullah)
    rahimislamicbrunei@lycos.com (Mr Abdul Rahim)
    Mobile: 65-90054374 (Mr Abdul Rahim)

  2. may the peace and the blessings of Al-mighty Allah be on to you;brothers and sisters.
    i believe you all will agree with me that there is no book like the quran in this universe.
    i also want to express my appreciation to shaikh Abdul Rashid Sufi for these wonderful recitations and may Allah reward him with jannat tul firfaus.
    but i will like to know from the shaikh when is the other style of recitation going to be available because we only have these three (Hafs,Soosi and Khalaf an hamza) thank you and salamu alaikum!

  3. Sheikh is reciting Qirat Suusi of Imam Abi Amar. There is two narrations for Qirat Abi Amar this one and another one called Duuri. This is a Qira'a that mainly read in Somalia and Sudan last 13 centuries but lately because of Qirat Hafsa spreaded very strong this Qira'a is going to be forgotten, therefore learning this Qira'a for Somalis is highly recommended to keep it a life and that is one reason Sheikhana Abdirashid reads this one mostly may Allah reward him. So yea don't please confuse with Hafsa. Thank you all.

  4. Assalamu Alaikkum,
    huno sitheir tahay you have a very believable voice i really enjoy learning the quran i am only 10 years old and i learned the holy quran alhamdulilah
    i also want to express my appreciation to shaikh Abdul Rashid Sufi for these wonderful recitations and may Allah reward him with jannat tul firfaus.
    but i will like to know from the shaikh when is the other style of recitation going to be available because we only have these three (Hafs,Soosi and Khalaf an hamza) thank you and salamu alaikum!

  5. As-salamu Alykum Warhamtullahi Ta'ala Wabarakatu,
    I see several comments regarding Shaykh Sufi's recitation and how it's 'different'. The qirat most of us are used to is called Hafs. Sh. Sufi is one of the few and leading qari who knows all 7 ahruf. He uses Khalaf and warsh a lot and at times he mixes all 7. He reads in different qira'ats therefore it tend to throw some people off if they're not familiar with qira'ats other than hafsa.
    Masha'Alah he's my favorite shaykh of all time.

  6. To Brother Mohamed ABDULLAH:
    Qari Abdur Rasheed Sufi recites in the way of Khalaf. It is a different Qira'at. It is correct. It may sound different to you because you may be used in the Hafz recitation which is the most common. If you would like to hear a major difference, please refer to his Surah Fatiha. You will notice a major difference in the ending of the surah.
    I hope that helps.
    Your brother from America.
    Was Salaamu 3layakum Wr Allah Wb.

  7. As salaamu Alaikum,
    verily, in the rememberance of Allah would the heart find tranquility. I listened to this wonderful recitation by this sheikh and it made my heart humble and submissive in a way so spectacular. I think this is a confirmation to me that the Qur'an is indeed the Words of Allah, subhaanahu wata alla. May Allah (SWT) make our hearts stedfast on Islam. Ameen
    Mohammed Abdul-nafiu
    University of Ghana
    Ghana

  8. I had the pleasure to pray with Sh. A/Rashid back in Somalia. In fact, I was once a student at the Sh. Ali Suufi Mosque. During Ramadan, I used to pray tarawiiih with him and then would come back around 3 am for tahajud. A/Rashiid was the imam and led both prayers. First time I heard his voice from the internet, I cried because it reminded me of the good old days of Somalia. May Allah be pleased with him and his family.

  9. I had never seen someone that can read better then Abdul Rashid Ali Sufi in this world. I love his voice so much I hope to be exact like him. May The All mighty God pay him and the website.
    MashaAllah! What a beautiful voice and unique style!
    He recites the glorious Quran at a wonderful relaxed pace.
    May Allah grant him Jannat-Al-Firdaws and forgive him his sins and protect him from the Hellfire.
    Ameen.

  10. Assalamu Alaikkum,
    the pronounciation in sura Yasin Verse mumber 9 (Pronounciation as "Suththan" and "Saththan" both are correct.
    Cheikh Ali Sufi Mosque and Cheikh Sufi Mosque are exist.
    Cheikh Ali sufi Mosque located In KPP at Hodon district when Cheikh Sufi Mosque is located nearly national theatre in Wardhiigley district.I hope it's clear.

  11. Assalam O Alaikum, Brothers & Sisters,
    My Brother Kamal Shifow, there is a masjid called Sheikh Ali Sufi Mosque in Somalia but that was long time ago. My family has confirmed this fact my grandmother Xawo Alasow from Jowhar and Yassin Yusuf Sahal my father who use to teach in jowhar said there was a most called Sufi mosque long time ago.

  12. Mansha Allah, might Allah reward Him a Jana. Sheikh Sufi’s recitation of Quran touches might heart. I heard that he knows most of the 7 ways of Quran recitation and that is one of the reasons that his recitation is differt comparing with other Sheikhs or Qari. May Allah grant them Jana all of them and all Muslim Umma. Amin

  13. Asalamu alykum! I would like to clear my appreciation to Ustaad & Qari Sh. Abdulrashid Ali suffi. I find my tranquility when I am listening his unique Voice! Allah removes me away all my pains and sorrows when i enjoy this voice!!
    May Allah Protect you from Hell fire.. and Granted you Jannatul Firdausah

  14. MashaAllah! beautiful recitation. My daughter, who has a very keen interest in different quranic recitation styles introduced me to the sheikh. I have since been hooked, I listen as often as I can, even in my office. I wonder if the sheikh visits London, would most definitely make the effort to see him live

  15. Sisters and brothers,
    Thanks and praise to Allah subhanahou wataala who made us muslims. When I start listening to Rachid Sufi's Quran recitation, I just cannot stop. I do not understand Arabic but this recitation makes my heart peaceful than nobody but Allah can testify.
    Assalamou Aleykoum

  16. The Mosque which Sh. abdulrashid's father established and subsequently taught Qur'an recitation in was not called Masjid Sheikh Ali Sufi as many in Somalia called it. The name that the Sheikh gave that Mosque was Masjid Al-Qur'an. A fitting name for a great learning place of the Qur'an.

  17. The Mosque which Sh. abdulrashid's father established and subsequently taught Qur'an recitation in was not called Masjid Sheikh Ali Sufi as many in Somalia called it. The name that the Sheikh gave that Mosque was Masjid Al-Qur'an. A fitting name for a great learning place of the Qur'an.

  18. To mohamed abdullah,
    The way that the sheikh read is another way of reciting it. I have heard it read as saththan. I believe that both recitations are correct. I have heard that there are ten different pronunciations /qarah different ayahs. So this falls under that category.

  19. Dear Brothers And Sisters,
    I have listened proper Surat Al-Yaasiin.in ver. 9 as you mentioned "Suthan" and "sathan" if you listen Mustapha Gharbi - مصطفى غربي
    from Marocco he pronouns "Suthan" as well I believe both are right suthan and sathan

  20. Brother Abdirashid Ali Sufi is a good Quraan reciter but he is more good on Qiraat than all the Sheikh on this page. However it kind of wierd when he pronounces some words like in Surah Nuh,Maryam,Tah and many others.I like
    his recitation and Tajweed

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