The distressing news has just reached me of the death of our Shaikh and teacher Shaikh Ubaidallah ibn Ataa Al Afghaani – Rahimahullah.
Our Shaikh was from the well known proficient reciters of the qur’aan and would sit morning, noon and night in the prophets masjid or in Masjid Abi Bakr As Sideeq to teach the book of Allah. during my time in Madina I read to some of the well known reciters in Madina (From them Abdullah ibn Iwadh al Juhanee – Imaamul Haram) but by Allah the greatest benefit I took was from shaikh Ubaidallah – Rahimahullah.
The shaikh was well known for his concentration upon the (tahqeeq) perfection of the recitation of certain letters particularly the letter Dhaad (He would often keep students on Suratul Faatiha for up to two weeks due to it!), and our Shaikh has written a book just upon this letter just as he would give us a three tape set around the perfection of dhaad.
Our shaikh made us realise the difference between recitation that may sounds sweet to the untrained ear but lacks correct implimentation of the rules of tajweed and recitation.
Well known for his White Afghani Turban Large dark glasses and henned beard he spent his life sitting for the tulaab, teaching the book of Allah subhaanahu wa ta’aala he was 82 years old when he passed away. May Allah shower him with his mercy and forgiveness
Wa Sallallahu ‘alaa Nabiyinaa Muhammad