The Sound of Suras

Recitations of Three Qur'anic Suras

The following passages are all recited by Seemi Bushra Ghazi and were excerpted from the CD included with Michael Sells' book, Approaching the Qur'an.

Surat al-Qadr, The Sura of Destiny(listen to two versions)


In the Name of God the Compassionate the Caring



We sent him/it down on the night of destiny

And what could tell you of the night of destiny

The night of qadr is better than a thousand months

The angels come down—the spirit upon her—

      by permission of their lord from every order

Peace she is until the rise of dawn




bi smi
            llahi
        r-rahmani                  r-rahim

In the name    of God      the Compassionate     the Caring



Inna
      anzalna
             hu
        fi
      laylati l-qadr


indeed
    we sent down
    him/it
    on
    the night of qadr


wa ma adraka
             ma
         laylatu l-qadr

and what can tell you
    what is
    the night of qadr


laylatu l-qadri
            khayrun
    min alfi shahr

the night of destiny
    is better
     than a thousand months


tanazzalu l-mala'ikatu
        wa r-ruhu fiha

come down the angels
        and the spirit in her/it


    bi
    idhni rabbihim
                 min kulli amr

    by
   permission of their lord
    from every order


salamun hiya
    hatta
    matla'i l-fajr

peace she
          until
      the break of dawn



Surat al-Zalzala, The Sura of the Quaking (listen)


In the Name of God the Compassionate the Caring



When the earth is shaken, quaking

When the earth bears forth her burdens

And someone says "what is with her?"

At that time she will tell her news

As her lord revealed her

At that time people will straggle forth

to be shown what they have done

Whoever does a mote's weight good will see it

Whoever does a mote's weight wrong will see it




bi smi
            llahi
        r-rahmani                  r-rahim

In the name    of God      the Compassionate     the Caring


idha
     zulzilati
       l-ardu
        zilzalaha

when
    quakes
       the earth
    in her quaking


wa
     akhrajati
       l-ardu
         athqalaha

and
    bears forth
    the earth
    her burdens


wa
     qala
     l-insanu
        ma laha

and
    says
     the human
    "what is with her"


yawma'idhin
       tuhaddithu
    akhbaraha

on that day
        she will tell
    her news


bi'anna
    rabbaka
    awha laha

— as
       her lord
     revealed to her


yawma'idhin
    yasduru
            n-nasu
    ashtatan

on that day
      will go forth
      people
     scattered


    li yuraw
               a'malahum

    to see be shown
   their deeds


fa man
            ya'mal
    mithqala dharratin
       khayran
    yarah

so whoever
      does
       the weight of a mote
    good
         will see it


wa man
            ya'mal
    mithqala dharratin
       sharran
    yarah

and whoever
     does
       the weight of a mote
    wrong
      will see it



Surat al-Qari'a, The Sura of the Calamity (listen)


In the Name of God the Compassionate the Caring



The qari'a

What is the qari'a

What can tell you of the qari'a

A day humankind are like moths scattered

And mountains are like fluffs of wool

Whoever's scales weigh heavy

His is a life that is pleasing

Whoever's scales weigh light

His mother is hawiya

What can tell you what she is

Raging fire




bi smi
            llahi
        r-rahmani                  r-rahim

In the name    of God      the Compassionate     the Caring


    al-
        qari'a(h)

    the
       Qari'a


    ma l-qari'a(h)

    what is the Qari'a


wa ma adraka
      ma
          l-qari'a(h)

what can tell you
    what is
    the Qari'a


yawma
        yakunu
     n-nasu
      ka
       l-farahsi l-mabthuth


(on) a day
   will be
      people
       like
     moths scattered


wa
       takunu l-jibalu
              ka
       l-'ihni l-manfush


and
      will be the mountains
    like
     wool fluffed


fa amma man
    thaqulat
        mawazinuh

as for one
          are heavy
     his scales


fa huwa
    fi
      'ishatin
    radiya(h)

he is
        in
      a life
       pleased


    wa amma man
      khaffat
      mawazinuh

    as for one
             are light
     his scales


fa ummuhu
     hawiya(h)

his mother
      is hawiya


wa ma
        adraka
            ma hiya(h)

and what
     can tell you
      what she is


narun
     hamiya(h)

fire
         raging

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is Associate Professor of Islamic Studies at Colgate University, co-Chair of the Study of Islam Section at the American Academy of Religion, and editor of Progressive Muslims.

Seemi Bushra Ghazi

is a lecturer at the University of British Columbia, musician, and non-clerical reciter of the Qur'an.

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