Sheikh Mishary bin Rashid Alafasy (Arabic: الشيخ مشاري بن راشد العفاسي; born in Kuwait in September 5, 1976) is a Kuwaiti national and a qari. He is the Imam of Masjid Al-Kabir (Grand Mosque (Kuwait)) in Kuwait City, and leads the taraweeh prayers in Ramadan every year. He 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. Also, he has been certified by a number of scholars of Quran. He makes frequent appearances on television. Many of his recitations can be also found on YouTube or MukminTV.
On March 24, 2007 Sheikh Mishary traveled to the United States of America and visited two mosques: Islamic Center of Irvine in California, and the ICD (Islamic Center of Detroit) in Michigan. He was escorted by Suleiman Salem throughout the week to various mosques, mostly in Detroit, Dearborn, Ann Arbor, and Hamtramck. The audio tapes of his recitations during his visit to America can be found on his website, and also on YouTube or MukminTV.
On September 2009, Sheikh Mishary traveled to the ICOI or Islamic Center of Irvine, but had to leave early due to family emergency.
On October 25, 2008, Sheikh Mishary was awarded the first Arab Creativity Oscar by the Arab Creativity Union in Egypt. 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 principals and teachings utilizing the modern technology to deliver the peaceful message of Islam.
There are two Space channels for Sheikh Meshary, The first is Alafasy TV and another more recent channel, Alafasy Q. Sheikh Mishary is also a munshid. Samples can be found on the Alafsy official website.
In August 2009, Sheikh Alafasy released a nasheed video called "Ramadan" under the Zain label, in which he sings in Arabic, English, and French. A voice-only recording, it was positively received in the Muslim world with television stations broadcasting throughout the month. The video can be viewed through YouTube.
During the month of Ramadan, in 2010, Al-Afasy returned to the ICOI to once again lead the taraweeh prayer.
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