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Assalaamu alaikum,

Firstly, I must commend the people who did this site, it's excellent and the
best amongst us are those who learn the Qur'an and teach it, may Allaah grant you all jannah.

Secondly, I'm very impressed with all your knowledge of the qira'aat. Do you
have isnaad for all (7 or 10) of them? Where did you learn? Can you give me
some advice as to where is the best place I can perfect my recitation? Also
can you give me some advice as to where to get the different musshafs from?
I heard Husary has recited the whole Qur'an in Duri an Abi Amr and Qalun an Naafi (I already have his Wursh set). Where can I get these?

Thirdly, my real question. Iqlaab and ikhfah shafawi, do they sound the same in practise? Iqlaab changes the noon to a meem but i've listened very carefully to Husary/Minshawi/Abdulbaset. They all have a thick ghunnah sound and do not purse their lips until the very end of the ghunnah (it sounds pretty clear but correct me if I'm wrong). Also their ikhfah shafawi sounds exactly the same as this - to my ears. However the reciter you put on your site (Abu Bakr Ashaatri) pronounces iqlaab as you describe (basically a long meem). 
What's going on? I got someone to translate from an-nashr by ibn Jazaree and
I think I remember him saying there is no difference. What does Ibn Jazaree really say about this?


Jazakum Allahu khairan. May Allah may our intention solely for seeking His pleasure, and Aameen to your dua’.  

There is one in our staff who is in the process of getting isnaad in the seven qira’aat by the simultaneous jama’ method.  This is a lengthy process to say the least.  It generally takes several years to get to the actual reciting of the ijaazah, as there is over half of the Shatabiyyah to memorize and the explanation has to be studied with a comprehensive test first. The staff member here at learned the Qur’an and qiraa’aat in Saudi Arabia. 

The best way for you to perfect your recitation is to recite to a sheikh that has an ijaazah of strong isnaad.  There are many such shuyookh in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and Syria.  One note, if you have not finished memorizing the Qur’an, you should finish that before starting on the qira’aat.  As one Sheikh put it, you need to have high school before going on to University, and just the same, you should memorize the Qur’an and get an ijaazah in Hafs ‘An ‘Aasim (or Warsh ‘an Naafi’ if you are from the area of the world where that is prevalent) before undertaking the study of qira’aat.
There is not available different a different mus-haf for each of the qurraa’, but there is a Warsh mus-haf available from the Medinah Qur’an printing press, and available in the North Western African countries, such as Morrocco, Algeria, and Tunis.  There is though a mus-haf that is named mus-haf al-qira’aat that has the Qur’an printed just as the Medinah copy is printed but on the sides there is a list of the words that are read differently by different reciters and on the bottom of the page, there are notations for imaalah, idghaamaat, and other variations that different reciters read in one way or another. 

We were able to find Qaloon ‘an Naafi’ on the Internet recited by Sheikh Ali Huthayfee, at the following link: , we were unable to locate the recitation of Dooree Aboo ‘Amrin on the Internet, and are unaware of its availability in a cassette.  It may exist, we are just unaware of it.   

As to the Ikhfa’ question, there is no difference at all in sound or in the method of the ikhfa’ shafawee and the iqlaab.  They are indeed the same thing in the end.  In the ikhfa’ shafawee, there is a meem saakinah followed by a , in the iqlaab, there is a  saakinah that changes into a  saakinah followed by a .  In both cases then, there is a  saakinah followed by a .  Imam Al-Jazaree, rahmahu Allah, in his book An-Nashr fee al-qira’aat al-‘ashr volume 2 p. 26, said the following [translation]:  …for the  saakinah and tanween change then [when meeting a ] to a  complete  without an idghaam, and that is as in:
(  ,      ,  and      ), and it is necessary to observe the ghunnah with it, so it becomes in truth, ikhfa’ of the    changed when it meets the   , so there is then no difference then in pronunciation between
 (        , and between      ),  they did not differ in the ikhfa’ of the  and not in the observation of the ghunnah in that….

The question you have as to how the ikhfa’ should be done is a question that has been debated much by the scholars of the Qur’an for the last 20+ years.  Please read the answer to a similar question about the way it is done at the following link.  This will explain why you are hearing two different “techniques” in the ikhfa’ shafawee by different readers.

One thing to note, the reciter program link on the site does not have the recitation of Sheikh Abu Bakr Ash-Shatree, it is to the best of our knowledge Sheikh Minshaawee.