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Capetonians pay homage to Qari

Cape Town’s stellar fraternity of qurra has lost another angelic voice – that of Qari Shaykh Ighsaan Taliep. One of the Mother City’s most stirring qari’s, Shaykh Taliep comes from a family with a great legacy of contribution to the recital of the Quran.  Shaykh Taliep passed away at Groote Schuur hospital on Thursday evening, after a short illness.

For VOC, Shaykh Taliep had a very special place and was a regular reciter on the airwaves.

Former VOC programme manager Mishka Daries said she recalled his commitment to the Quran, always for the upliftment of listeners.

“We would call him and he would make a plan to be there and serve the community. When the qari recited – SubhanAllah!  What a beautiful voice. May Allah place sabr in the hearts of his family and the community Ameen!” she said.

The Qari’s passing has been met with a flood of tributes particularly on social media. Capetonians from all walks of life shared their condolences to the Qari’s Family and relayed their personal experiences that they shared with the Qari.

“Innalilaahi Wa Inna ilayhi Raajioon. May Allah forgive him, envelope him with his Rahma and grant him the Highest level of Paradise (Firdaws),” Waleed Stevens said.

“Ameen I was and still am a very close friend with the Taliep brothers and family. We grew up together, and I have many pleasant memories of Shaykh Ighsaan. We studied hifth together by the late Imam Achmad Moos ‘Ponnie’ in Lansdowne. I remember as youngsters, Shaykh Ighsaan use to say that Allah is not going to ask him about Maths and History, but that Allah will ask him about what he has learnt about the Qur’an. Subhaanallah, Allah blessed him with the Qur’an and this will be his friend in the qabr. May Allah Almighty grant him Jannatul Firdaws, Ameen,” Abu Tohierah stated.

Meanwhile, a cousin of the Qari reflected on his early years, describing him as having loved the Qur’an from a very young age.

“We grew up like sister and brother and already at 5 years he was reciting few versus while we were playing. May Allah be please with my late cousin Al marhoom, shaykh Ighsaan and may Allah grant him jannatul firdous, ameen,” said Zubeidah Shaik.

Numerous religious bodies and organizations shared their messages of condolences. The Muslim Judicial Council and the Muslim Views released the following messages of condolence, respectively:

“It is with sadness that we announce the passing of our dear brother, colleague and friend Qari Shaykh Ighsaan Taliep. Indeed from Allah we come and to Him is our return!! We ask Allah Almighty to grant Shaykh Ighsaan a station in the highest place of Jannatul Firdous. We also ask Allah, the Most Compassionate, the Most Merciful to place Sabr and Contentment with His decree in the hearts of the family, neighbours, friends and students of Qari Sh. Ighsaan Taliep. His angelic voice will resonate in our hearts, ears and minds for a very long time to come, InshaAllah.”

South African ulama also shared their condolences to the family of the Qari during this trying period.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Qari Ighsaan Taliep. Sadly, he has passed away this evening. We pray that the Almighty grants him Janatul Firdous. Special Duas from the CTIEC Ulama, the Cape Muslims and the Muslim Views Team.”

The South African Qur’aan Union said: “South Africa has just lost another prominent Qur’aan reciter in the form of Qari Sheikh Igsaan Taliep from Cape Town. One of seven siblings dedicated to the service of Qur’aan, Qari Igsaan was indeed a reciter of repute. May Allah forgive him and grant him jannah.”

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Qari Ighsaan Taliep. We pray that the Almighty grants him Janatul Firdous,” renowned South African aalim, Mufti Sayed Haroon Al Azhari stated.

“Our thoughts are with the family and friends of Qari Ighsaan Taliep at this time of his passing. We pray that the Almighty grants him Janatul Firdous,” said Faizal Sayed, CEO of Deen TV.

VOC shares its sincere condolences with the family, friends and students of Qari Ighsaan Taliep in this trying time. We make dua that the Almighty grants the Qari the highest place in jannah and that ease is placed in the hearts of the loved ones, inshallah.

The janaza will depart from Middle Road, Schaapkraal at 3pm on Friday. The janaza salah will be performed at the Habibia Masjid and will proceed to the Johnson Road Maqbara.




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