The following is a list of reciters that have been spoke against by the Scholars:

  1. Mishary al-‘Afaasi (the famous Kuwaiti reciter)

Shaikh Ahmad an-Najmi’ rahimahullah said:


Is it allowed to listen to al-Afaasi in terms that there is a specific channel that broadcasts his Anasheed?


Subhanallah! I say: Sufi Anasheed are not allowed. If the Anasheed is an anasheed of the Bedouin like poetry recited in his innate voice, then this is not the meaning [of what I intend]. Poetry was recited to the Messenger of Allah (ﷺ). However, these Sufi Anasheed are an innovation. Yes.


The Anasheed present nowadays?

Shaikh: Most of the Anasheed present [nowadays] are from the Sufi Anasheed”

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2. Aadil al-Kalbaani (the reciter from Makkah who led one year in the Haram Makki)

He has argued that music is permissible and was refuted for that by the Scholars like Shaikh Salih al-Luhaydaan and Shaikh Fawzan (May Allah preserve them both)

As well he claimed that the Khariji group Da’ish is a product of Salafiyyah! He was refuted by Shaikh Salih al-Fawzaan hafidhuhallah when the Shaykh was asked:


A caller in our land defames the Aqeedah of the Salaf-us-Salih saying the organization Da’ish is a product of Salafiyyah. And also another time he said the book Majmoo’ Durar al-Saniyyah [A collection of work from Shaikhul Islam Muhammad ibn Abdul Wahab and the Najdi Scholars] is a reference for terrorism! We seek some guidance and direction [regarding this]?


“This is misguidance. This statement is terrorism. Scaring the people from the true Da’wah. Da’wah of Tawheed and Sunnah. Scaring them from it and ascribing to it what it is free from in terms of the misguided sects. Ascribing [Daish and extremism] to the methodology of the Salaf and Durrar as-Saniyyah? This is a lie and fabrication. This speaker wants to obstruct Da’wah to Allah, the Exalted and deviate them towards what he wants by misguiding the people, running them away from the mathab of the Salaf, and pushing them away from the mathab of the Salaf. There is no safety except with the methodology of the Salaf. Imam Malik rahimahullah said:

لَا يُصْلِحُ آخِرَ هَذَا الْأَمْرِ إِلَّا مَا أَصْلَحَ أَوَّلَهُ

The last part of this affair will not rectify except with what rectified the first part”

[Reported by Ibn Abul-Barr in Kitab al-Tamheed (23/10)]

It is as mentioned in the statement of the Prophet(ﷺ):

, وستفترقُ هذه الأمةُ على ثلاثٍ وسبعينَ فرقةً كلُّها في النارِ إلا واحدةً، قيل : من هي يا رسولَ اللهِ؟ فقال صلَّى اللهُ عليهِ وسلَّمَ : مَن كان على مِثلِ ما أنا عليه وأصحابِي

And my Ummah will split into seventy-three sects. All of them are in the Fire Except one sect.” He said: “And which is it O Messenger of Allah?” He said: “What I am upon and my Companions

[Saheeh Tirmidhi no. 2641]

This is the correct and sound methodology”

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3. Muhammad al-Mohaisany (the reciter from Makkah)

Shaikh Yahya ibn Ali al-Hajoori hafidhuhallah said about him:

“202. Muhammad al-Mohaisany. Hizbi. And he also said: Hizbi. He fragments the Quran [during recitation] and elongates it, and has unnecessary burden [regarding it]


Also Shaikh Abu Bilal al-Hadrami hafidhuhallah mentioned that he is a Hizbi and that he spoke of ill of Shaikh Muqbil rahimahullah.


May Allah reward the brother Majeed for sharing that benefit with me.

4. Abdurrahaman as-Sudais (the famous reciter from the Haram Makki)

Shaikh Yahya ibn Ali al-Hajoori (hafiduhallah) said:

“We censure him for cooperating with the group that call themselves Ansaar as-Sunnah. In reality their ideology is the ideology of the Muslim Brotherhood (Ikhwaanul-Muslimeen)…”

[Kanz uth-Thameen (5/71)]

And Allah Knows Best

Faisal Ibn Abdul Qaadir Ibn Hassan
Abu Sulaymaan