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Born in 1905 in Mit Ghazal, a village near Tanta (North of Cairo) and diseased in 1978, Mustafa Ismail memorized the Koran when he was very young. Mustafa Ismail Studied Quran sciences at Al-Azhar institute of Tanta since the age of 15 before making a career as a Quran reciter. His fame started in 1930 in all Delta corners. He was invited to make a recitation of Quran in Cairo where he became very well known. Since the year 1944, Mustafa Ismail became the reciter of the King Farouk and thus, the first reciter of Egypt.
In spite of his admiration towards his seniors; Sheikh Muhammad Rif’at and Sheikh ‘Abd al-Fattah al-Sha’sha’i, Sheikh Mustafa Ismail had a special style known for its musicality. It was said that what Sheikh Mustafa had done for Quran is the same as what Omm Kolthoum had done for the Arab songs… It was also said that Sheikh’s voice used to need some few minutes to warm up before freeing his cleverness. In spite of his popularity and exceptional quality of his recitation, it is hard to take his records outside Egypt.
In his death, he was the official reciter of Az-Azhar mosque in Cairo.