Ramadan Quran Recitation

During the month of Ramadan, Muslims traditionally read the entire Quran. In August 2011, at the Islamic Center of Northern Virginia in Fairfax, a well-known Quran reciter from Saudi Arabia, Sheikh Mohammad Alraee, led Ramadan worship every evening and completed the Quran recitation. Sheikh Alraee comes from a family of distinguished Quran reciters and teachers of Quran recitation and says he began memorizing the Quran at the age of four. Listen to the Quran being chanted and watch our interviews with Sheikh Alraee and with Muhammad Farooq, president of the mosque. Special thanks to Ismail Laher.


SHEIKH MOHAMMAD ALRAEE: When you are reciting the Quran you feel that you are talking to Allah, subhanahu wa ta’ala [peace be upon Him], the creator, and you feel uplifted spiritually—not only the reciter, also the people who are listening as well. For each letter you get 10 blessings. When you listen to Quran, you are getting the same number of blessings as if you were reciter. It is God’s gift. I don’t believe that I could memorize this big book just on my own. It is from God.

DR. MUHAMMAD FAROOQ (President, Islamic Center Northern Virginia): When you have someone who is reciting in a sweet voice, then you are listening something which will impact your heart because, as we believe, words of Quran is from God. When he recites I feel like that I have sometimes goose bumps, sometimes I am overjoyed, sometimes I am literally crying, that it’s so powerful. We recite the Quran that we can understand what we are supposed to do, what God has given us the commands, what he’s saying to us and how we have to spend our life. If we understand Quran, then the chances are that we are going to do the exact same thing which God is asking us. We are being judged that what we have done. If there is something against God, he can forgive us if we asked for the forgiveness. In Islam we have the concept if you have done something wrong against any human being, you need to go back to that human being, you have to ask the forgiveness. A just society is the biggest blessing, and Quran is saying again and again in many ways that a just society is needed.

ALRAEE: Toward the end of Ramadan you feel sad that the blessing you were in you are going to be ending soon.

FAROOQ: This is such a blessing that we are able to finish. God has given us the chance to read the whole thing, and we try to remember the whole thing during the next coming year.

  • Mohamed

    May Allah bless Imam Alraee and Dr. Farooq for their service to our community

  • Ajaz Siddiqi

    PBS kudos to you for showing the true spirit of Islam.

  • Abed

    Reading the Quran or listening to the Quran being resited is as if one is listening to Allah. Glory to Him.

  • Zahid K

    Very very fortunate to have the Sheikh reciting for us, it feels as we are in Mecca. Thank you to PBS for doing such as wonderful service to our fellow Americans by showing the positive side of Islam in the Media.

  • Kamil

    Indeed I agree with Dr. Farooq that happy, productive, joyous society is the one that practices justice and equality for all and these can only be implemented when all religions understand and tolerate each other and I congratulate PBS for taking this monumental step in order to start this process of tolerance.

  • kurac

    subhanahu wa ta’ala actually means Most Glorified, Most High

  • Amjamalik

    May allah bless..you… ds job is grtsucsses forevr

  • Amjamalik

    In da name of allah…..dr. farooq&shikealrae ..thr job is vry grtsucses in ds wrld for evr may allah bless thir

  • Ejaz Abbasi

    It was really nice of PBS to take the step forward to show the audiences the true and most misrepresented side of us. I have been raised watching PBS, and now I have a greater respect for this great channel. I just wish that all the media would do its job with fairness and bring the truth to us (public) as is without any manipulation. Shouldn’t that be the journalism? Or am I asking too much? Can there be a channel out there that makes the commitment that only the truth will be broadcasted from this channel at all cost? I know wait! Sorry, you don’t have to tell me, I am reminding myself to wake up and stop dreaming. In this day and age a little of the goodness should be appreciated greatly as it has become of a kind that needs to be hunted down in deep forest of bad deeds. Thanks PBS!!

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  • Channah

    I have two things to say. One, I am glad that Daniel believes so in his religion. But, does he know that Jesus was not considered holy till the Council of Nicene—-over 300 years after his death. Constitine called the Council together to make up rules and ideas in order to consolidate the churches and have control over the people. The Trinity was made up there. Also, Daniel is playing the missionary here——–there is no such need or reason for this on this forum.

    Two, 4 years ago, while I was in Aswan, Egypt, I heard the reading of the Quran that went on all night long. It was beautiful, and the most peaceful night of my life. I do not know why it was being read all night long. Tho, a loudspeaker was being used, it was not at all unpleasant. I slept on and off during it. It was one of my highlights in Egypt. By the way, I am Jewish, and I still love to hear the Quran being read. It gives a feel of what Islam really is and not what the media makes it out to be.

  • Draco

    Miss or Mr Channah,
    I think you are the smartest perosn i have every met. You get it and i am glad that many like you exist in this world

  • Brother Andrew

    Actually, Jesus was considered Holy from eternity past where He was seated on the throne with His Father. The bible says He is the Lamb of God, and that His death was predetermined before the world began in order to pay the price for man’s sin (See Revelation 13:8). The Hebrew scriptures are full of prophecies about Jesus which He fulfilled and will fulfill fully in his coming again. Interestingly, the same Hebrew scriptures that the Muslims embrace tell of Jesus’ Divinity. For instance David (who is highly revered by Muslims) speaking as a prophet about Jesus, said in Psalm 2:7 (NIV), “I will proclaim the Lord’s decree: He said to me, “You are my son; today I have become your father.” David goes on to speak of this Son in Psalm 2:12 (NIV) “Kiss his son, or he will be angry and your way will lead to your destruction.” We also see other prophets in the Hebrew scriptures talking about the Divinity of Jesus. In Isaiah 7:14 (NIV) we read, “Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign: The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and will call him Immanuel (translated means God with us).

    So, we see that God often spoke of Jesus as His Beloved Son. When Jesus was Baptized in Matthew 3:17 we read, “And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”
    It is no wonder then that the Persian Maji who came to Bethlehem had ventured many miles to bring him gifts at his birth. His life was marked by one miracle after another including casting out demons, raising the dead, healing the sick, etc. In the end he humbled himself and died on a cruel Roman cross to buy our redemption from the wages of our sin which is eternity in hell. Aren’t you glad He did this for you and I? I am! I will close with this well known verse from John 3:16 (KJV), “For God so loved the world that He gave his only-begotten Son so that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.”
    Don’t try to figure out the Trinity, just believe it. You can’t understand nuclear fusion but you can enjoy the electricity it produces. How much more complex is the God who made the universe? Just accept it by faith and receive eternal life. You will be glad you did. God bless!