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Biography of Hani Ar Rifai
Sheikh Hani Ar-rifai was born in 1974 in the city of Jeddah, in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. The reciter has 5 children (two boys and three girls), he is currently the Imam and the Khateeb of Anani’s mosque in Jeddah. He is well-known for his unique voice filled with emotions and that attract a number of believers to listen to his recitations of the holy book.
The Sheikh grew among a conservative family that accorded much importance to the learning of the Quran. He had much respect for his parents and older brothers and sisters, who served as role models for him. By the age of 12, Sheikh Hani Ar-rifai has learned all the verses of the holy book.
During his learning of Quran, the sheikh has encountered other well-known sheikhs such as Sheikh Muhammad Ibnu Abdu Rahim Achichin, Sheikh Ali Jaber and Sheikh Muhammad Yusuf.
He specialized in Islamic Studies in King Abdulalaziz University and studied at the hands of the best scholars and sheikhs such as Sheikh Al-alama Abullah Ibnu Bayyah, Sheikh Khaldoun Al-Ahdab and Sheikh Ali Jaber.
Moreover, Sheikh Hani Ar-rifai was elected a special reciter of the Quran in the royal court by the Saudi Ministry of Culture and Information. He was also chosen to be the personal reciter of King Fahd Ibnu Abdelaziz Al-Saud since 1998 till his death.
From 1998 till 2002, the sheikh worked as a teacher of Islamic Studies in different public schools in Saudi Arabia. He was then appointed the director of the legal affairs of King Faysal’s hospital and the Research Center in Jeddah.
Moreover, Sheikh Hani Ar-rifai participated in numerous religious shows reciting verses of the holy book or giving advice. He was broadcasted in different channels such as “Alfaj”, “Iqra”, “Almajd” or “Ashariqa”.
His recital of the Quran was recorded and is available in different websites. He also wrote and published different works such as “Healing the sick with the holy Quran” and other writings to bring more insights about the religion.