Mishary Rashid Alafasy

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Mishary Rashid
الشيخ مشاري بن راشد العفاسي.jpg
Born Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy
(1976-09-05) September 5, 1976 (age 37)
Nationality Arab
Occupation Qari (Qur'an Reciter)
Known for Abu Rashid (the father of Rashid)
Religion Islam

Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy (Arabic: الشيخ مشاري بن راشد العفاسي‎; born in Kuwait in September 5, 1976) is a Kuwaiti quran reciter, imam and a munshid.


Mishary al-ʿAfāsī studied at the College of the Quran and Islamic Studies at the Islamic University of Madinah, and specialized in the ten readings and translations of the Quran. He has been certified by a number of scholars of Quran and recited before several renowned Qaris.[1] They include Sheikh Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Zaiat, Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Shahata Al-Samanodei and Sheikh Abdurarea Radwan.[2]

On March 24, 2007 Sheikh Mishary traveled to the United States of America and visited three mosques: Islamic Center of Irvine in California, Islamic Institute of Orange County in California, and the ICD (Islamic Center of Detroit) in Michigan. The audio tapes of his recitations during his visit to America can be found on his website, and also on YouTube or MukminTV.

On October 25, 2008, Sheikh Mishary was awarded the first Arab Creativity Oscar by the Arab Creativity Union in Egypt.[3] The event was sponsored by the General Secretary of the League of Arab States Mr. Amr Mousa as a recognition of Sheikh Mishary Alafasy role in promoting Islamic principles and teachings utilizing the modern technology to deliver the peaceful message of Islam. On September 2009, Sheikh Mishary traveled to the ICOI or Islamic Center of Irvine, but had to leave early due to family emergency.

There are two satellite channels for Sheikh Meshary, The first is Alafasy TV and another more recent channel. During the month of Ramadan, in 2010, Al-Afasy returned to the ICOI to lead the taraweeh prayer.

Mishary Alafasy is now the Imam of Masjid Al-Kabir (Great Mosque) in Kuwait City and leads the Taraweeh prayers of Ramadan in the same Mosque.[citation needed]

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