22 Americans In Kuwait Embrace Islam In A Week
The new project "caters to all age groups of newly Muslim converts,"
said Sheikh Nouri
By Saber Abdu, IOL Kuwait Correspondent
KUWAIT CITY, July 1 (IslamOnline.net) - Twenty-two Americans have
converted to Islam over the past week in Kuwait, just as a Kuwaiti
Islamic committee launched a project aimed at helping newly Muslim
converts memorize the Glorious Qur'an.
"Twenty-two Americans have embraced Islam through the 'Know Islam
Committee ' during the past week," the committee chairman, Sheikh
Nader al-Nouri, told IslamOnline.net Monday, June 30, noting that
2450 Europeans had embraced Islam last year.
"Up to 22,000 foreign workers -- out of a total workforce of 350,000
in Kuwait -- converted to Islam since the establishment of the
committee 30 years ago in 1977," he said.
Sheikh al-Nouri said the committee offers a plethora of services to
the foreigners and U.S. troops in Kuwait through its four offices,
including the office of the cultural exchange which receives
foreigners and their families and provide them with answers to their
questions on Islam.
"The committee earmarked 60,000 Kuwaiti dinars ($200,000) to print
copies of the Glorious Qur'an in English in order to distribute them
among interested foreigners in the emirate country," he added.
Meanwhile, the committee launched a new project aimed at helping the
new Muslim converts memorize the Glorious Qur'an and learn Prophet
Muhammad's Hadith (sayings) along with other Islamic rules.
The project "caters to all age groups of newly Muslim converts
starting from six-year-old converts to above 21. It helps them learn,
besides the Glorious Qur'an and Hadith, how to preach Islam through
consecutive courses that bring them up on moderation," Sheikh Nouri
The project, which is sponsored by Ahmad Bazei, the counselor of the
board chairman of the Kuwaiti funding body, also organizes outings
and visits to famous Islamic sites in addition to cultural, religious
and sports contests, he added.
On the committee's history, Sheikh Nouri said it is the modern
version of 'Friday School,' which dates back to 1970s and was
organized by Kuwaiti youths in mosques to acquaint foreigners with
"When they wanted to turn it into an official committee, during a
visit by prominent scholar Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi, they put forth
the name of 'Know Islam Committee,'" he elaborated.
Sheikh Nouri further said volunteers are working round the clock to
the success of the committee, which enjoys an ample room of freedom,
noting that there was a high turnout on its activities from
foreigners, both males and females.
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