Born in Washington DC and raised in Maryland, Raef has shared his music with faith-based communities across the world. In the early 2000s, he sang tenor in a college a cappella group and played his acoustic guitar at local coffee shops. Raef was introduced to the national stage after his trio rock-band “Great Seneca” toured the United States as part of the “Voices for Change” initiative.

Shortly afterwards, Raef joined the “Poetic Vision Tour” – a band of traveling musicians and poets dedicated to inspiring a spiritual and cultural renewal. More recently, Raef started working with Awakening Records and in 2014 released his debut album “The Path” , a collection of songs that reflects his identity as an American Muslim and his journey throughout the years.


Raef’s Lyrics & Songs

  • Call On Him

    Call On Him Lyrics By: Raef All night I pray I might, Wake up and feel the light Before I know it, the Sun has arrived It greets me with its cheerful eyes I’m thankful for this beautiful day It feels so good to be on my way I see the world there’s nothing to hide, And in His name everything’s alright! Chorus: Call on him, and call on him, and call on him and say Call on him, and call on him, and call [...]
  • Dream

    Dream Lyrics By: Raef I’ve been dreaming of this world Won’t you come along and dream with me? It’s picture-perfect in my mind Oh how I wish it would be real, oh real No one living on the streets or digging for a bite to eat, And pain and hunger are nothing, nothing but a memory Let’s dream to make it real Chorus: Dream your biggest dream If we dream enough together we can make it real And lend a helping hand What we keep [...]
  • Freedom Ain’t Free (feat. Nano Omar)

    Freedom Ain’t Free Lyrics By: Raef feat. Nano Omar All I own, my whole life Is worth nothing if I’m not free I will fight tyranny I’ll break the shackles holding me If we can reach the stars above, even though they seem so far We’ll change the world, we’ll overcome, revolution starts with me Pre-chorus: In the face of evil, the way of danger, yeah I will be strong Yeah the storm clouds are coming, and no we ain’t running Yeah, we’ll fight on! [...]
  • Home

    Home Lyrics By: Raef I’ve been through sunshine Made friends with the moonlight Traveled the ancient lands And sailed across the seas I’m free when I think and fight for what’s right Ain’t nobody gonna tread on me A place I’d call mine and yours forever This land was made for you and me, yeah! Chorus: Ain’t no place like home, they say Home is where the heart is, home is where your love is Ain’t no place like home where I’ll be me, me, [...]
  • It’s Jumuah “Friday”

    It’s Jumuah “Friday” Lyrics (Raef Cover) Rebecca Black By: Raef 5AM Waking up for Fajr Got to make Wudu, got to pray my Sunnah Got to make Ghusl, got to clip my nails Looking outside, the sun is rising up in the sky Everybody’s rushing Got to get down to the masjid Got to say “Salam!” to the Imam Sitting in the first Saff (row), chilling in the back Saff (row) Got to make my mind up… Do what the prophet did! It’s Jumuah! Jumuah! [...]
  • Man In The Mirror

    Man In The Mirror Lyrics (Raef Cover) Michael Jackson By: Raef I’m going to make a change, For once in my life…. It’s going to feel real good, Going to make a difference Going to make it right! As I, turn up the collar on My favorite winter coat This wind is blowing my mind I see the kids in the street With not enough to eat Who am I to be blind? Pretending not to see their needs… A summer disregard,a broken bottle top [...]
  • Mawlaya

    Mawlaya Lyrics By: Raef مولاي صلِّ و سلم دائماً أبداً على حبيبك خيرِ الخلقِ كلهمِ Mawlaya send your prayers and peace always forever, Upon the beloved Muhammad the more the better مُحمدٌ سيدُ الكونينِ والثقلين و الفريقين من عربٍ و من عجمِ هو الحبيب الذي تُرجى شفاعته لكل هولٍ من الأهوال مقتَحِمُ Lyric Video: Engy Allam[...]
  • No One Knows But Me

    No One Knows But Me Lyrics By: Raef Waterfall, water down, Wash away that guilty frown Falling rain, rising sun, So many things to get done I am done, it’s your turn I’m getting old, no time to burn Chorus: And no one knows but me, the power that I see And everybody thinks that I’ve gone crazy And no one knows but me, just thinking of what could be And everybody thinks they’re the one…but me Rise up strong! What you’ll see Oh, is [...]
  • Peace & Blessings

    Peace & Blessings Lyrics By: Raef Give me your hand I will give you my heart Every day is a brand new start His words are here to help us through Rasool Allah, peace and blessings on you! Chorus: Salatullah, salamullah ‘Ala Taha, Rasoolillah Salatullah, salamullah ‘Ala Yasin, Habibillah I’ve never seen you but I love you so And in your footsteps I’ll try to follow A smile you give may stop my fall, yeah! The Bright moon rose a mercy on all! CHORUS Salla [...]
  • Redemption Song

    Redemption Song Lyrics (Raef Cover) Bob Marley By: Raef Old pirates, yes, they rob I Sold I to the merchant ships Minutes after they took I, from the bottomless pit But my hand was made strong, By the hand of the Almighty We forward this generation triumphantly… Won’t you help to sing, these songs of freedom? Because all I ever have Redemption songs Redemption songs Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery! None but ourselves can free our minds! Have no fear for atomic energy Because none [...]
  • So Real

    So Real Lyrics By: Raef feat. Maher zain They say that love never lasts That love never lives to see another day But what I know deep down inside It’s what I feel and it’s so real I gave it up all for You And there ain’t nothing that I won’t do All I know deep down inside It’s what I feel and it’s so real with You! Chorus: Allah, everyday I’ll try to be as true as I can to You ‘Cause loving You [...]
  • The Bright Moon

    The Bright Moon Lyrics By: Raef Tala’al badru ‘alayna Min thaniyyatil wada’ Wajaba shukru ‘alayna Ma da’a lillahi daa’ Oh the bright moon rose over us from the valley of Wada’ And we owe it to show all our gratefulness when the call is for us all! Ayyuhal mab’uthu feena Ji’ta bil amril mutaa’ Ji’ta sharraftal madinah Marhaban ya khaira daa’ Anta shamsun anta qamarun Anta nourun ‘ala nour Anta misbahus suduri Ya habibi ya Rasul Tala’al badru ‘alayna Min thaniyyatil wada’ You have brought [...]
  • The Path

    The Path Lyrics By: Raef Swing across the seven skies They say a pure heart never lies The words you learned were never heard It’s time to think and wonder why The stars above will always be A shining guide for us to see And when I doubt, I’ll have no doubt But still I wonder why Digging through our pages past Wondering how the truth will last God’s in control is what I found I think I’ll try this time around! And no one [...]
  • With You

    With You Lyrics (Raef Cover) Chris Brown By: Raef Allah, I need Allah, And the hearts all over the world tonight. I said there’s hearts all over the world tonight What can I do? I need Allah, And the hearts all over the world tonight. I said there’s hearts all over the world tonight Wish I was smarter, when I was younger. Found something better – made me a winner and, I’m so glad to be Yours! It’s my life that you own. I start [...]
  • You Are The One

    You Are The One Lyrics By: Raef I thought of this before over a million times Who would’ve ever thought that it would be our time? I just know it, ’cause you’re the one It ain’t a selfish love, when I’m with you You remind me of Allah, and so I know it’s true I’ll just say it: you are the one Chorus: Won’t you be my BFF (best friend forever) and ever? Won’t you be my partner after this world? We’ll see it, when [...]
  • You’re There

    You’re There Lyrics By: Raef Things that I’ve said, no they don’t mean nothing at all Time just flies by when I’m with the One I love Even sunlight makes it through the dark, in a cold misty sky And when I’m all alone tonight, You’ll be right here…by my side Chorus : No matter what what world brings And even if the birds won’t sing Better times are on their way ‘Cause I know You’re there And even if the sun won’t smile, I [...]
  • Your Mercy

    Your Mercy Lyrics by Raef Raef’s cover of Maroon 5’s “Won’t Go Home Without You” They warned him before but he wouldn’t listen He left this world and had no chance to stay The time that we spent… it seems so frozen… But now it’s far too late you’ve passed away :( Every night you cry yourself to sleep Thinking: “Why does this happen to me?” “Why does every moment have to be so hard?” Hard to believe it! Down on my knees tonight, Ya [...]
  • [Rabbee] I’m Yours

    (Rabbee) I’m Yours Lyrics By: Raef Well I’ve done-done wrong and you bet I felt it I tried to be chill but it was so hot that I melted I fell right through the cracks And I’m trying to get back! Before the cool done run out and I’ll be giving it my bestest And nothing’s going to help me but divine intervention I reckon it’s again my turn…to win some or learn some! So I won’t hesitate no more, no more This cannot wait, [...]