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Maher Zain
Maher Zain Kony Concert March2014.jpeg
Zain performing in Konya, Turkey in March 2014
Background information
Native name ماهر زين
Birth name Maher Mustafa Maher Zain
Born (1981-07-16) 16 July 1981 (age 35)
Tripoli, Lebanon
Origin Sweden
  • Vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
  • keyboard
  • percussion
  • synthesizers
Years active 2009–present
Labels Awakening
Associated acts

Maher Zain (Arabic: ماهر زين‎‎ ; born 16 July 1981[1]) is a Swedish R&B singer, songwriter and music producer of Lebanese origin.[2] He released his debut album Thank You Allah, an internationally successful album produced by Awakening Records, in 2009. He released his follow-up album Forgive Me in April 2012 under the same production company.



Maher Zain's Lebanese family emigrated to Sweden when he was eight.[3] He completed his schooling there, gaining a bachelor's degree in Aeronautical Engineering. After university, he entered the music industry in Sweden, and in 2005 linked up with the Moroccan-born Swedish producer RedOne.[4] When RedOne moved to New York in 2006, Zain soon followed to continue his music industry career in the United States, producing for artists such as Kat DeLuna.[5]

On returning home to Sweden, he became engaged once more with his Islamic faith[6] and decided to move away from a career as a music producer to become a singer/songwriter of contemporary R&B music with a strong Muslim religious influence.[7]

Breakthrough success[edit]

In January 2009, Maher Zain began working on an album with Awakening Records. His debut album, Thank You Allah, with 13 songs and two bonus tracks, was released on 1 November 2009 with percussion versions and French versions of some tracks released shortly afterwards.[8]

Zain and Awakening Records successfully used social media such as Facebook, YouTube[9] and iTunes to promote tracks from the album.[10][11] In early 2010 his music very quickly gathered a huge online following in Arabic-speaking and Islamic countries as well as among young Muslims in western countries.[12] By the end of 2010, he was the most Googled celebrity in Malaysia for that year.[11] Malaysia and Indonesia have been the countries where he has had the most commercial success. The album Thank You Allah has been certified multiple platinum by Warner Music Malaysia and Sony Music Indonesia.[4] It became the highest selling album of 2010 in Malaysia.[13]

Zain sings mainly in English but has released some of his most popular songs in other languages. The song "Insha Allah", for example, is now available in English, French, Arabic, Turkish, Malay and Indonesian versions. Another song, "Allahi Allah Kiya Karo" ("Continuously Saying Allah"), is sung in Urdu and features the Pakistan born Canadian singer Irfan Makki.[10] Zain has had several concerts around the world, including in the UK, the United States, Malaysia, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and Egypt. He has fan clubs in several countries including Malaysia, Egypt, and Morocco.[14] He took part in the judging committee of "Awakening Talent Contest" for choosing Awakening Records' new star in 2013.[15]

Collaborations, appearances and awards[edit]

Maher Zain in a press conference at Tangier, Morocco (February 2014)

In January 2010, Maher Zain won Best Religious Song for 'Ya Nabi Salam Alayka', on Nogoum FM, a major Middle East mainstream music station, beating other prominent singers including Hussein Al-Jismi, Mohammed Mounir and Sami Yusuf.[16]

In March 2011, Maher Zain released "Freedom",[10] a song inspired by the events and the actions of the people taking part in the Arab Spring.

Maher Zain was chosen as a Muslim Star of 2011 in a competition organized by[17] In July 2011 he featured on the cover of the UK Muslim lifestyle magazine Emel.[18]

Zain was featured on Irfan Makki's track "I Believe" from his debut studio album of the same name.[19]

Maher Zain has appeared in the 40-episode Indonesian TV drama Insya-Allah. The show was aired on Malaysian satellite TV channel, Astro Oasis and Mustika HD, starting 17 July 2012, concurrent with the broadcasting of the show on Indonesia's SCTV.[20]

In 2013, he took part in the Colors of Peace project constituting songs based on works by Fethullah Gülen on the album Rise Up where Maher Zain performs the track "This Worldly Life".[21][22]



Year Album details Certifications
(sales thresholds)
2009 Thank You Allah
  • 8x Platinum, Warner Music Malaysia[13]
  • 2x Platinum, Sony Music Indonesia[4]
2012 Forgive Me
  • 4x Platinum, Warner Music Malaysia[23]
2016 One



Singles & Duets

  • Released: December 2014
  • Label: Awakening Records
  • Formats: Digital Download, CD
  • Total Tracks: 15 Tracks

Mini Albums[edit]

Love Will Prevail

  • Released: April 2013
  • Label: Awakening Records
  • Formats: Digital Download
  • Total Tracks: 2 Tracks


  • Released: June 2013
  • Label: Awakening Records
  • Formats: Digital Download
  • Total Tracks: 4 Tracks

Ramadan - Vocals Only Version

  • Released: July 2014
  • Label: Awakening Records
  • Formats: Digital Download
  • Total Tracks: 2 Tracks


Maher Zain at Tuisa charity concert in Essen, Germany (2012)
  • 2009: "Palestine Will Be Free"
  • 2010: "Insha Allah"
  • 2010: "The Chosen One"
  • 2011: "Freedom"
  • 2011: "Ya Nabi Salam Alayka"
  • 2011: "For the Rest of My Life"
  • 2012: "Number One For Me"
  • 2012: "So Soon"
  • 2013: "Love Will Prevail"
  • 2013: "Ramadan"
  • 2014: "Muhammad (Pbuh)"
  • 2014: "Nas Teshbehlana" (in Arabic ناس تشبهلنا)
  • 2014: "One Day"
  • 2015: "A'maroona A'maloona" (in Arabic أعمارنا أعمالنا)
  • 2016: "I am Alive" (with Atif Aslam)
Featured in
  • 2011: "I Believe" (Irfan Makki feat. Maher Zain) (in Irfan Makki's album I Believe)
  • 2009 : "Never Forget" (Mesut Kurtis feat. Maher Zain) (in Mesut Kurtis' album Beloved)
  • 2014: "So Real" (Raef feat. Maher Zain) (in Raef's album The Path)
  • 2014: "Eidun Saeed" (Mesut Kurtis feat. Maher Zain) (in Mesut Kurtis' album Tabassam)

Philanthropic activities[edit]

  • In 2013, Zain performed in Canada on a tour organised by Islamic Relief to raise donations[24] for typhoon victims in the Philippines. Zain took part in the UK "Sound of Light" event[25] organized by Human Appeal International in support of the Syrian people.[26] Zain also dedicated his song "Love will prevail" (sung in Arabic and English) to the Syrians.[citation needed]
  • Zain celebrated his birthday with his 3.9 million Facebook fans by asking them to donate money[27] to a United States–based charity organization that builds water wells in Africa.[28] His fans paid more than $15,000 within a few weeks.[27]
  • Zain took part in a London pro-Palestinian rally, joined by thousands of people, to call for the end to Israeli military action in Gaza.[29] In August 2014, Zain took part in "The Great Wall of China Trek 2014" a 10-day humanitarian mission in association with Human Appeal to raise donations for clean water to children in Gaza.[30][31][32]
  • Ahead of performing at the 2014 Nansen Refugee Award Ceremony, Zain travelled to Lebanon with UNHCR to spend time with Syrian refugees and see UNHCR's frontline work.[33] Zain sang "One Day" about refugees in Geneva's Bâtiment des Forces Motrices for the award ceremony.[34][35]

Personal life[edit]

Maher Zain is married to a lady named J. Aisha.[36]


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