Sheikh Abdullah Kamel, a famous Quran reciter and scholar whose melodious and sincere recitation of the Book of Allah touched everyone, passed away at the age of 38 earlier this week in New Jersey.
The news of his sudden death spread on social media, with Muslims across the globe grieving his loss and paying tribute to his life and contributions to the Islamic community.
“It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved Shaykh Abdullah Kamel, who led us in Taraweeh prayers last year and Eid salah this year,” the Al Tawheed Islamic Center wrote in a post on Facebook.
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“He was a world-renowned reciter of the Quran, and his voice filled our hearts with the love of Allah. We will always cherish the memories of his beautiful recitation.”
Mohammad Elshinawy, a Muslim scholar in the US, also paid tribute to the late Sheikh saying, “Can’t believe he was having iftar in my house a few weeks ago, and leading Taraweeh in my masjid. O Allah, we know what You promised the visually impaired and the bearers of the Qur’an.”
“Grant him all that and more. Allow him to see his mansions and gardens immediately and be with his newborn and loved ones in this difficult hour. O Allah, gather us with him around Your throne as you’ve gathered us with him around Your great book.”
The name of Sheikh Abdullah Kamel topped the communication platforms and Google Arabic after announcing his death, and a large number of readers, visitors to his mosque, his fans and followers on social media mourned him.
The reader, Mishary Al-Afasy, mourned Sheikh Abdullah Kamel, saying “Oh God, forgive your servant, the reciter, Sheikh Abdullah Kamel, raise his rank, widen his entrance, wash him with water, snow and hail, and heal the affliction of his family and loved ones.”.
Sheikh Muhammad Al-Barrak also paid tribute to the late sheikh, saying “O God, forgive and have mercy on your servant Abdullah Kamel, pardon him, honor him, expand his entrance, wash him with water, snow and hail, and purify him from sins as a white garment is purified from dirt. We belong to Allah and to Him we shall return”.
Seeking to help the sheikh orphaned children, Sh. Mohammad Elshinawy started a Launchgood campaign to raise $100,000.
“This campaign is collecting donations on behalf of Sh Abdallah Kamel to be given to his family. We Ask Allah to accept him in the HIGHEST level of Jennah,” the campaign read.
Sheikh Kamel was born blind in 1985 in Fayoum governorate in Egypt. Memorizing the entire Holy Qur’an from childhood on the Braille method. He graduated from the Faculty of Dar Al-Uloom, Fayoum University in 2005.
Sheikh Kamel was famous for his sweet voice while reciting the Noble Qur’an. He wrote many poems. He has many recordings on his official YouTube channel, followed by more than a million people.
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