Mishary Rashid al-Efasy to lead Taraweeh this Ramadan in California!

أعلن الشيخ مشاري راشد العفاسي اعتذاره عن إمامة المصلين في مسجد الدولة الكبير لهذا العام خلال رمضان المبارك، وذلك نظرا لارتباطه بإمامة المصلين بإذن الله في صلاة التراويح والقيام في الولايات المتحدة الأمريكية في ولاية كاليفورنيا بمسجد المركز الإسلامي في «ارفاين» الذي زاره في عام 2007 كوفد وممثل عن دولة الكويت.

وكان الشيخ العفاسي قد أم المصلين في المسجد الكبير خلال العشر الأواخر من رمضان المبارك لمدة 10 سنوات متتالية منذ عام 1420 إلى 1429 هجرية.

وأقام الشيخ العفاسي خلال زيارته لتلك المساجد محاضرات ولقاءات دينية، كما زار استوديوهات كثيرة في هوليود متخصصة في التصوير المرئي والإخراج كما أكتسب الشيخ العفاسي خبرة جيدة في مجال الأعمال التلفزيونية، وتلقى الشيخ مشاري العفاسي خلال زيارته للولايات المتحدة الأمريكية في ذلك الوقت دعوة للقراءة في الكونجرس الأمريكي.

Rough Translation:

Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy announced his apology in that he’ll be unable to lead salat-tu-taraweeh this year at the grand state mosque (in Kuwait). Instead, due to a commitment he made Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy will be leading salat-tu-taraweeh and qiyam at the Islamic center in Irvine, California, U.S.A., which he visited in 2007 as part of an acting delegation on behalf of Kuwait.

Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy had lead salat-tu-taraweeh at the grand state mosque for the last 10 nights of Ramadan for the past 10 consecutive years (1999-2008).

During his 2007 trip, Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy gave lectures and attended religious meetings. Likewise he visited many studies in Hollywood that specialized in visual photography and output. Also, he gained excellent experience in the field of television. Lastly, during his trip, he received an invitation to recite at the U.S. Congress.

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29 Replies to “Mishary Rashid al-Efasy to lead Taraweeh this Ramadan in California!”

  1. Why couldn’t he lead in NJ or somewhere in the Tri State Area. I would love to listen to his recitation in person!

  2. I heard his recitation in person, alhamdulillah, in 2007 when he came to the States. It was definitely something when he did a sit down recitation at a fundraising dinner, but better than that was praying behind him for Maghrib Salah. It was as if someone turned on a CD of Surah Fatiha and Surah Ibrahim or something.

    Everyone in Cali, be sure to go!

  3. Rough Translation:

    Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy announced his apology in that he’ll be unable to lead salat-tu-taraweeh this year at the grand state mosque (in Kuwait). Instead, due to a commitment he made Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy will be leading salat-tu-taraweeh and qiyam at the Islamic center in Irvine, California, U.S.A., which he visited in 2007 as part of an acting delegation on behalf of Kuwait.

    Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy had lead salat-tu-taraweeh at the grand state mosque for the last 10 nights of Ramadan for the past 10 consecutive years (1999-2008).

    During his 2007 trip, Sheikh Mishary Rashid Al-Afasy gave lectures and attended religious meetings. Likewise he visited many studies in Hollywood that specialized in visual photography and output. Also, he gained excellent experience in the field of television. Lastly, during his trip, he received an invitation to recite at the U.S. Congress

  4. Yayyy masha’Allah we’re being blessed! Finally, ICOI gets `Afasy for taraweeh prayers.

    May Allah subhanahu wa ta`ala bless his trip!

  5. “Likewise he visited many studies in Hollywood that specialized in visual photography and output. Also, he gained excellent experience in the field of television.”

    I am from Pakistan. Here in my country if a person who does what I have quoted above 95 percent of the people wouldn’t pray behind him. I wouldn’t either. Now you could go on and say that he went to Hollywood for this-and-that and not for that-and-that but anyway think of it this way, its a kind of subliminal message to the masses that if you are going to Hollywood with a good intention, Hollywood isn’t bad per-se. The problem is that many people who would do that might end up getting into that part of Hollywood which the Sheikh wouldn’t encourage (you know what I am talking about).

  6. The comments on this blog are becoming more a race to the bottom every day. Consider moderating them.

  7. @ Uncle Tom

    There is nothing about being retarded. Its just that we have some tastes and standards on how the person leading the prayer should be. And don’t call Pakistan or Pakistanis anything. I could write an essay on what you Americans or whatever you are , are like!

  8. Asalamu Alaykum

    WOW! How blessed is Irvine! 🙂

    Is it Sh. Sadullah Khan’s masjid? Dang, can we bring him up here for just one night ???

  9. @ Asha yeah, it’s Sh. Sadullah Khan’s masjid… Why don’t you come down here and visit us SoCal sisters? 😀

  10. Dude! Am on it like white on rice! NO JOKE
    i spammed our bay area email list and brothers are cutting tickets and planning their last 10 days of Ramadan as if its tomorrow ! Myself and another sister are coordinating a roadtrip as we speak! 🙂 I hope this isnt fake because someone will get hurt for this! 😉

    I hope to see all my Qabeelah haqq sisters and SoCal homies! May Allah make this small hijra easy for us all! lol

  11. Haha amazing Asha! We’ll totally welcome you guys down.

    Just a quick note – I spoke to the ICOI folks, and they said it’s not confirmed yet. They should be announcing a confirmed qari’ in another few weeks.

    jazakum Allahu khayran!

  12. I’m surprised no one commented on the fact that he got an invitation to recite at the US congress. Imagine if a few republican congressmen actually took the shahadah there on the spot 😀

  13. lol Asha, you and all of the bay area are more than welcomed! We’d love to have you here 🙂 May Allah swt make your trip easy and safe insha’Allah. ameen

  14. lol, wow. Im hearing some roomer that he will also visit MCA up here in North cal a week before ramadhan.

    Anyways, us MCAians got Sheikh Syed Muhammed Jibreel (Muhammed Jibreel’s older brother) to lead taraweeh. He is the grand quran teacher at Al azhar and he beats all the quran reciters on the net (including Husary, Rif’aat in Tajweed, and Al-‘Afaasy in qiraat buety).

    But either way, congrats to ICOI!!!!!!!

  15. Alhamdulilah, if he comes ! I’ve always wanted to hear Shaikh M. recitation in person.

  16. I am a Hafez and Qari in South Africa and would like to come to the US (California or elsewhere) during Ramadan in 2010 to perform Taraweeh as an Imam. Could you please let me know if any Muslim community would be interested in my services. I have been reciting for over 50 years, and even took second prize in Quranic recitation in the International Quran Competition in Teheran in 1987.

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