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Al-mash-hur recitation is a type of recitation which has a sound chain of transmission but has not reach the status of tawatur (narrated by mass numbers in each level of the chain such that it is inconceivable that they all agreed upon a lie), and conforms with Arabic language and the writing of the Uthmanic Masahif, and was popular among the notable reciters of the Qur’an and was not regarded as a mistake or irregular (as-shaaz) and is allowed to be recited. (al-Itqan by as-Suyuti ). Thus, the following conditions must be fulfilled in Al-Mash-hur chain of transmission:

1-The correctness of the chain of narration and its being of Tawaatur nature (narrated by mass numbers in each level of the chain such that it is inconceivable that they all gathered upon a lie)

2-Its conformity with the Arabic Language

3-Its conformity with the writing of the Uthmanic Masahif

Imam Ibn al-Jazari said in (his peom) at-Tayyibah:

So whatever conformed to a way of grammar                        

                                            and could be incorporated in the writing
And was correct in chain of narration, then it is Qur’an        

                                           for these three are the pillars
And wherever a pillar is missing, then affirm                        

                                         its irregularity even if it were in the seven recitations

So if one of these three pillars is missing the recitation is irregular and rejected, and its recitation is not allowed.

Example of al-mash-hur chain of transmission is the type that those who reported them from the seven known recitations differed, hence,  was reported by others and left out by others. Its examples are so numerous to be listed here, but it suffices to mention that it is any recitation that falls under the seven recitations known in the world today. Some examples are follows:

  • مَالِكِ   &  مَلِكِ
  • In the saying of Allah: “{مَٰلِكِ يَوْمِ ٱلدِّينِ} [Master of the Day of Judgment.] {Faatiha; 4}


  • ميَخْدَعُونَ   &  يُخَادِعُونَ

In the saying of Allah concerning the hypocrites: { يُخَٰدِعُونَ ٱللَّهَ وَٱلَّذِينَ ءَامَنُوا۟}

[They seek to deceive God and those who believe…] (Al-Baqara :9)

  •  وَأَوْصَى   &  وَوَصَّى

In the saying of Allah:

{ وَوَصَّىٰ بِهَآ إِبْرَٰهِۦمُ بَنِيهِ وَيَعْقُوبُ يَٰبَنِىَّ إِنَّ ٱللَّهَ ٱصْطَفَىٰ لَكُمُ ٱلدِّينَ فَلَا تَمُوتُنَّ إِلَّا وَأَنتُم مُّسْلِمُونَ}

 [And Abraham exhorted his sons, and Jacob, "O my sons, God has chosen this religion for you, so do not die unless you have submitted."] (Al-Baqara ; 132)


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