Born in Washington DC, Raef brings a unique sound to the faith inspired music scene.

His love of music began with the purchase of an old guitar on ebay when he was a teenager. From there, he’d take self penned poems and turn them into heartfelt songs.

His debut album, ‘The Path’ (2014) reflects his identity as an American Muslim, taking us on a journey through aspects of his faith and stories from his life.

Raef hit it big in Indonesia and for the last four years has been the star of a Ramadan TV series, ‘Journey of a Backpacker’. In the series, Raef visits notable Indonesian towns and cities and encounters a host of interesting characters along the way.

Awakening Music is getting ready to release Raef’s second album ‘Mercy’ in the next few months. In addition, he’s busy at work on a unique children’s album, due for release some time in 2019.




What is your country of origin?
What’s the best city you’ve ever been to?
Albuquerque, New Mexico
What’s your favourite place to hang out?
In the woods
favourite album?
Out Seeing The Fields by Dawud Wharnsby
What do you listen to while working out?
Electronic dance music, punk rock
favourite documentary?
Anything to do with history
What’s your best habit?
Sleep :)
What’s your favourite part of the job?
Seeing or hearing people’s reaction to my music
Most worn item in your wardrobe?
My hoodies
favourite food?
What was your first job?
Cutting grass for neighbours
What is the most terrifying thing you’ve ever done?
Swimming in the middle of the ocean during the night
What’s your favourite color?
Funniest person you know?
Amr Galal the drummer
What’s your favourite book?
The Last Lecture
Best gift you’ve ever received?
My daughter, Summer
When do you feel most creative?
In the middle of the night


The Path


June 2014


Awakening Music