Mishary Rashid Alafasy

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Mishary Rashid Alafasy
Birth name Mishary Bin Rashid Alafasy
Born (1976-09-05) September 5, 1976 (age 39)
Kuwait City, Kuwait
Origin Kuwait
Genres Islamic, Nasheed, Hamd, Na'at, Qirat
Occupation(s) Qari, Imam, Hafiz
Instruments Vocals
Years active 2000–present

Sheikh Mishary bin Rashid bin Gharib bin Muhammad Al-Afasy (Arabic: الشيخ مشاري بن راشد بن غريب بن محمد العفاسي‎; born in Kuwait in September 5, 1976) is a Kuwaiti preacher, imam[1] quran reciter and nasheed artist. He is also known as Abu Rashid (Arabic: أبو راشد‎) (The father of Rashid).

Life and career[edit]

Mishary Al Afasy is recognized for his beautiful voice and unique recitation of Quran. Many reciters have come to imitate his mode of recitation.

He studied Quran in the College of the Holy Quran at the Islamic University of Madinah ( Kingdom Of Saudi Arabia). He memorized the whole Quran in two years from 1992 to 1994 and then studied specializing in the ten readings of the Holy Quran. He has read the Quran to Sheikh Ahmed Abdulaziz Al-Zaiat, Sheikh Ibrahim Ali Shahata Al-Samanodei, and the Sheikh Abdurarea Radwan. He impressed a number of great reciters of Quran with his recitation.

Mishary Al Afasy is the Imam of Grand Mosque (Kuwait), and every Ramadan he leads the Taraweeh prayers in this Mosque. He very often leads the Taraweeh prayers in the UAE and other neighboring countries in the Gulf.

In 2007, he visited two mosques in the United States of America : the Islamic Center of Irvine (ICOI) in California and the Islamic Center of Detroit (ICD) in Michigan.

Al Afasy has 2 Space Channels specialized in the recitation of the Holy Quran, the first is Alafasy TV and the second is Alafasy Q.

Awards and recognition[edit]

On October 25, 2008, Mishary was awarded the first Arab Creativity Oscar by the Arab Creativity Union in Egypt. The event was sponsored by the Secretary-General of the of Arab League, Amr Moussa as a recognition of Mishary Alafasy role in promoting Islamic principles and teachings.[2]

Sheikh Al-Afasy was voted by readers to be the Best Quran Reciter in the 2012 About.com Readers' Choice Awards.[3]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sheikh Mishary leads over 60,000 worshippers". Emirates 247 News. Emirates 247 News. 14 April 2012. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 
  2. ^ Kuna
  3. ^ "Profile of Quran Reciter Sheikh Mishary Rashed Al-Afasy". About.com. Retrieved 30 March 2015. 

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