Siddiq Ismail

Siddiq Ismail (born 10 February 1954 in Karachi, Pakistan) is a globally renowned Hamd and Na'at reciter of Pakistan for his 50 years of service in the field of religious Hamd and Naat recitation on Pakistan Television and Radio Pakistan.


He belongs to the Memon community. His parents migrated from India to Pakistan in 1947 after the partition of British India. He started his career at the age of 6 at a local 'Masjid Badami' situated at Old Town, Karachi. He suffered from the polio disease at an early age and became physically handicapped in his legs . In 1960, He joined Radio Pakistan Program Bachon ki Dunya. It was the first program he participated in as a child. Since then he has been selected regularly for Hamd-Naat recitation on various radio and TV shows in Pakistan.

He is among those persons that participated in the maiden transmission of Pakistan Television – Karachi Center in 1969.[1] He was given responsibility to recite Hamd and Naat at its first live transmission. In his professional career, he has been given the title 'King of Recitation' by his affectionate followers in Pakistan.

He is a living legend representing soft and positive image of Pakistan with melodious recitation of religious Naats and Hamds. He is a widely respected figure and is invited to most socio-religious TV events and shows in the country and abroad.[2]

He has recited thousands of Hamds and Naats in different spoken languages, written and understood in Pakistan including Urdu, Arabic, Persian, Punjabi, Hindi, Saraiki, Sindhi, Pashto, Purbi and other local languages.

His career is enriched with achievements and awards internationally and nationally including being on the list of '500 Influential Muslims'.[3]

He was included among 100 Top Muslim Vocalists list at the 7th rank by Independent Muslim Trust, South Africa, in 1980.

The Government of Pakistan had conferred upon Siddiq Ismail (Naat Khawan) the Sitara-i-Imtiaz award among a list of many other people that also would be awarded their own awards for the year 2012.[4]

He was also awarded the Pride of Performance in 1985 by the President of Pakistan.[5]

Famous Hamd / Naats

Awards and recognition



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  2. "URDU NAAT(Noori Mehfil Pe Chadar)SIDDIQ ISMAIL IN MIRAJ NIGHT QTV.BY Visaal". YouTube. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  3. "Ismail, Al-Hajj Siddiq PROFILE". The Muslim 500. Retrieved 18 April 2016.
  4. , Dawn,Karachi newspaper,14 August 2012, Retrieved 18 April 2016
  5. 1 2, Siddiq Ismail Pride of Performance Award info on website, Retrieved 18 April 2016
  6., Siddiq Ismail video performances on website, Retrieved 18 April 2016
  7., Siddiq Ismail receives Sitara-i-Imtiaz Award for 2012 on Business Recorder newspaper, Retrieved 18 April 2016

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