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Biography of Mahmoud Ali Al banna

Mahmoud Ali Al banna

Mahmud Ali Al Banna was a renowned Egyptian reciter. He was born in a village called Shobrabas in the north of Egypt on December 17, 1926.

Mahumud Ali Al Banna memorized the Holy Qur’an at the age of eleven from his master Cheikh Moussa Al Muntash. He then moved to Tanta to study Theology in the Ahmadi Mosque from Cheikh Ibrahim Ibn Salam Al Maliki.

In 1945, Mahmud Ali Al Banna moved to Cairo and started gaining fame. In the Egyptian capital, Mahmud learnt music and Maqamat from Darouich Hariri. Later, he was chosen by Young Muslims Association as a reciter till he was noticed by Maher Bachah, Prince Abulkarim Al Khattabi and invited to join the official radio station in 1948. Shortly, he became of the most acclaimed reciters of Egypt.

At the late 1940s, Mahmud Ali Al Banna was leading prayers in Ain Al Hayt Mosque, in Al Rifai Mosque during the 1950s and then in Al Ahmadi Mosque in Tanta by 1959. In 1980, he recited the Qur’an in Al Imam Al Hussein Mosque till he died.

Mahmud Ali Al Banna published his Qur’anic recitation in 1967 together with other recordings including his recitations in the Egyptian, Saudi and Emirati radio stations. He also recited the Qur’an in the Holy Mosque of Jeddah, the Prophet’s Mosque, the Oumayade Mosque, Al Aqsa Mosque and visited many countries across the world including Germany in 1978.

Mahmud Ali Al Banna claimed for a long time creating a reciters’ syndicate for which he was president in 1984.

Mahmud Ali Al Banna died Du Al Qiida 3rd, 1405 ( July 20, 1985).


  1. May Allah cover Sheikh Mahmoud Ali al-Banna with His mercy and grace. As a reciter of the Holy Qur'an, al-Banna was unsurpassed in the beautiful rendition with which he ended his ayats. I will never forget his Murattal reading of Surat al-Ma'idah, al-'Araf, An'am, and Isra'. He and Mustapha Isma'il were the best Qur'an recites the world had ever seen. May the blessings of Allah be upon them.

  2. Feriha daughter of Mensur MashAllah may Allah give endless reward to this reciter. Mashallah not only is it recited beautifully it is recited in an eloquent manner it is slow enough for learning. "Our Rabb, do not let our hearts deviate after you have guided us, and grant is Your own Mercy; You are the Granter of bounties without measure."3:8

  3. asalam 3alaykum..i like the egyptian way.Its so nice and touching.best of his recitation to me is surat maryam.May allah guide us and make this awesome qari works accepted from him by Allah.Can't stop listening to his qiraat.barakallahu fiyk

  4. He is one of reciters who help children attached to Quraan in Habasha. I remember his Audio cassets released every Jumaa morning in our mosque to remind people of Jumaa to inspire us so that we attend Jumaa early.Yerhamuhullah.

  5. Salamou 3likoum, I like your quran. Especially An-nisa. I love it, really its good. My friend told me about you so I started to listen to you. I wish for you good job inchallah. Take care.
    Assalamou3likoum warahmatou Allah.

  6. I'm afraid to evaluate his recitation I can definately say what we need is regular recitation of Furqon. Actually all of them is a gift of Allah subhana va ta'ala for us! Just listen, repeat, recite, memomorise!!!