Kuwaiti imam to lead Taraweeh prayers on Friday
Popular imam Shaikh Mishary Rashid Alafasy leading the Taraweeh prayers in Ramadan.
Dubai - Thousands of worshippers are expected to flock to the much-awaited prayers to enjoy the serenity and spiritually.
And finally, the renowned Kuwaiti imam Shaikh Mishary Rashid Alafasy, known for his tuneful voice, is to lead the Taraweeh Prayers at the Rashidiya Grand mosque on Friday night, June 24.
Thousands of worshippers are expected to flock to the much-awaited prayers to enjoy the serenity and spiritually uplifting atmosphere as part of the Quraa 'Reciters' Dubai programme which sees 11 popular imams this Ramadan.
These include Saad Al Ghamidi, KSA, Adel Rayan, KSA, Shaikh Abu Bakr Al Shatiri, KSA, Mashari Rashid Al Afasi, Kuwait, Ahmed Al Nafees, Kuwait, Mohamed Mubarak, Bahrain, as well as Abdullah Abdurrahman Al Ubaidali, Lebanon, Nabeel Al Refaei, Lebanon.
Shaikh Mansoor Al Zahrani and Nasser Al Qattami are also to lead Muslims in the Taraweeh Prayer at the Grand Rashidiya Mosque opposite the Dubai International Airport.
The fourth edition of the interesting scheme was initiated three years back by the Department of Islamic Affairs and Charitable Activities in Dubai (DISCAD) under the generous sponsorship of His Highness Shaikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai.
Thousands of faithful, men and women, from all emirates used to flock to the major mosque form the very first day of previous Ramadans to enjoy the tuneful recitation of the eminent imams.
Dr Omar Al Khatib, Executive Director for Islamic Affairs - DISCAD, said the fourth edition of the programme is seeing more Emirati imams as was the case last year, along with other from Arab countries, including Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Yemen, and Morocco.
"The 11 imams, picked as per a public survey, are to lead people in the Taraweeh prayers, mostly for two days each, let alone the Qiyam or late night prayers in the last blessed ten days of Ramadan." The programme, gaining popularity, saw over 10,000 people last year, he told Khaleej Times.
"The number is expected to exceed 15,000 this year, particularly with the newly installed tents for men and women."firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr Omar Al Khatib, Executive Director for Islamic Affairs – IACAD
Renowned Kuwaiti imam Shaikh Mishary Rashid Alafasy