Sahih Muslim Book 004, Hadith Number 1785.

Chapter : Excellence of one who acts upon (the teachings of the) Qur'an and one who teaches it.

Ibn 'Abbas reported Allah's Messenger (may peace be upon him) as saying: Gabriel taught me to recite in one style. I replied to him and kept asking him to give more (styles), till he reached seven modes (of recitation). Ibn Shibab said: It has reached me that these seven styles are essentially one, not differing about what is permitted and what is forbidden.

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