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The story of Qawwali music starts over 700 years ago in late 13th century India. Like many great genres of music, Qawwali has religious and cultural roots - it was developed as a way to express devotion to Sufism, primarily in Urdu, Punjabi, and Pakistani. Female singers and male singers perform songs - which are basically poems - that express themes of love, devotion, and longing. Ancient Qawwali music was typically performed in Sufi shrines, but If you're a fan of modern Qawwali music, it is likely due to the late Pakistani singer Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the most famous Qawwali artist in the modern era. Khan, along with other famous Qawwali singers like Pakistan's Sabri Brothers, Bahauddin Qutbuddin, and Aziz Mian, gave the genre international exposure by recording Qawwali songs and performing them live around the world.

This list attempts to document all of the pakistani female singers and male singers, as well as those who sing in Urdu and Punjabi, and answer the question of who is the absolute best. This list of qawwali singers includes a filter so you can sort where they are from and any additional genres in which their music belongs. These are truly the greatest qawwali singers of all time, since the most famous qawwali artists (some of who are solo artists, others are bands and groups) ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best qawwali music.

The greatest qawwali singer is generally considered to be Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, though there are numerous other names on this list. Even Khan has people who disagree with his position at the top, as the order of this list changes dynamically based on who likes what -- so make your voice heard by voting for your favorite singers, and add any that are missing at the bottom of the list. All important, significant and iconic names in qawwali music history deserve your votes, so make sure to choose wisely.

Who are the best qawwali singers of all time? Who is the greatest qawwali musician ever? It is up to you to decide. After you've voted for the best qawwali singers and musicians in history here, share this on Facebook, Twitter and more to get your friends' opinions and turn them on to all the good and great singers of the very unique qawwali style of world music. 
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Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Sabri Brothers is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Mohammed Rafi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Fateh Ali Khan Pakistan

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Aziz Mian is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Aziz Mian Pakistan

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402 246
Rahat Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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212 146
Abida Parveen is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Abida Parveen Pakistan

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Farrukh Fateh Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Amir Khusrow is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Amir Khusrow India

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Nizami Brothers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Ustad Qawal Bahauddin Khan is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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129 116
Sher Mian Dad is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Noor Jehan is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Noor Jehan Pakistan

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136 129
Fareed Ayaz is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Fareed Ayaz Pakistan

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Warsi Brothers is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Munshi Raziuddin is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Munshi Raziuddin Pakistan

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Niazi Brothers is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Faiz Ali Faiz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Badar Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Badar Ali Khan Pakistan

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Nizami khusro brothers son of ... is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Parvati Kumari is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Mubarak Ali Khan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Mubarak Ali Khan Pakistan

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Munnawar Masoom is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Suzana Ansar is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
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Ateeq Hussain Khan is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Roshan Ara Begum is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Roshan Ara Begum India, Pakistan

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Subhan Ahmed Nizami is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
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Waheed and Naveed Chishti is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Ahmed Rushdi is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
Ahmed Rushdi Pakistan

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Zeeshan Nizami is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
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Dhafer Youssef is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
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Adil Hussaini is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers

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Hamsar Hayat is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Qawwali Singers
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