“Inappropriate movements” during the recitation… Controversy after stopping and “apology” of an Egyptian Quran reciter

For days, the interaction and reactions of tweeters in Egypt continued, on the news of the suspension of a famous reciter for a year, following what he did while reciting verses from the Qur’an in one of the mourning pavilions.

And the Syndicate of Reciters and Memorizers of the Noble Qur’an in Egypt announced that the name of the reciter, Muhammad Al-Salkawi, will be removed from the map of external broadcasts and Quranic recordings for a period of one year, until December 21, 2023.

The syndicate confirmed that the decision to stop El-Salkawi came because of his recitation of the Holy Qur’an in an inappropriate manner and movements that contradict his work, and his lack of proficiency in the provisions of intonation while reading the Qur’an.

And video clips showed Al-Salkawi while reciting the Qur’an in a funeral pavilion, where he interacted with one of the attendees who admired his recitation after he got up from his place to stand next to Al-Salkawi, and the latter moved his hand and his head swaying in a shot that was considered inappropriate.

Later, Al-Salkawi apologized for what he had done, noting that he “apologizes to God Almighty for the involuntary movement that occurred to me when I recited his holy book.”

He added, “I do not apologize in order to mitigate the punishment, but I apologize in order to seek God’s satisfaction, Glory be to Him, and forgiveness.”

And the treasurer of the Syndicate of Readers and Memorizers of the Holy Qur’an considered that the mistakes of the readers, especially with regard to broadcasters, are subject to the supervision of the Holy Qur’an Radio and the Syndicate alike, and the penalty is imposed on them according to the opinion of each separate party, indicating that the Syndicate is awaiting the outcome of the investigations with Al-Salkawi regarding what appeared during rolling video.

And Sheikh Siddiq Mahmoud Al-Minshawi continued, in statements to “Sada Al-Balad” website, that the censorship of readers is performance, behavior, and rulings aimed at preserving the image of Egyptian readers (..)”.

He stressed that the reader should not be dragged behind the listeners to appear in this way, especially since there are models against which a stand should be taken so that such lapses are not repeated, according to what was reported by the Egyptian website.

Reactions varied regarding the decision to suspend Al-Salkawi, and even his apology, and one of them considered that “the recitation of the Qur’an has been converted into musical shrines, and not a recitation with the aim of ensuring proper and clear pronunciation, so that it is a book of guidance and not a book of swaying and vocal hymns.”

While another saw that the sheikh “deserves to be suspended … so that (the movement) will not be an imitation of anyone after him after watching it.”

While another considered that “his voice is amazing, God willing.. the movement does not mean anything for sure.”

A fourth said: “These people recite the Qur’an for the sake of a good voice and intonation, and this is absurdity that is not appropriate for the Qur’an.. God’s book is for reading and contemplation, but they took it like lyrical muwashahat (..)”.

The Sheikh’s apology did not escape criticism, and one of them considered it “an excuse worse than a sin.”

While another said: “I feel, and God knows best, that the word I apologize to God is bad manners with God… The apology is between two equal people, one of whom made a mistake.”

While another said, “God is Forgiving, Merciful… a really involuntary movement on the part of the sheikh. Salvation means… magnify the subject over him (..)”.

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