Industry: Culture and society
Company: Alafasy TV
With well over six million followers on Twitter and his own TV channel, Mishary Al Afasy is well known throughout the Islamic world for his recitations of nasheeds and passages from the Quran.
The Kuwaiti imam studied at the College of the Quran and Islamic Studies at the Islamic University of Madinah. There, he specialised in the 10 readings and translations of the holy book of Islam. He is currently the imam of the Masjid Al Kabir (Kuwait’s Grand Mosque) and leads Taraweeh prayers during Ramadan every year.
In 2007, Al Afasy travelled to the US and recited at the Islamic Center of Irvine in California, Islamic Institute of Orange County in California, and the Islamic Center of Detroit in Michigan. He also led over 60,000 worshippers during Friday prayers at the Dubai World Trade Centre in 2012, as part of the second day of the Dubai International Peace Convention.
The 39-year-old has been certified by several Quran scholars, including Ahmed Abdulaziz Al Zaiat, Ibrahim Al Samanodei and Abdurarea Radwan. In 2008, he was awarded the first Arab Creativity Oscar by the Arab Creativity Union in Egypt.