Speaking at a program on Sky News Arabic TV channel, he said Muhammad Rafaat was a pioneer in Quran recitation in Egypt and owned a heavenly voice, akhbarak.net website reported.
After him a generation of top Quran reciters emerged who became popular in Egypt and Sheikh Mustafa Ismail was one of them, Noiana added.
He went on to say that he imitated the style of Sheikh Mustafa Ismail and followed him as a role model in Quran recitation.
Born in 1954 in the town of Matubas in Kafr El Sheikh governorate, he started learning the Quran at a traditional Quran school at the age of 3.
He managed to memorize the entire Quran at 8 and continued to learn the rules of Tajweed and Quran recitation.
While at university, he gained mastery over the ten styles of Quran recitation and in 1979 became an official Qari of Egypt’s national TV and radio.
Egypt is a country in North Africa with a population of around 96 million.
Muslims account for around 90 percent of the country’s total population.
Quranic activities are very common in the Muslim-majority Arab country and many of the Muslim world’s top Qaris in the past and present have been Egyptian.