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842Kuwait : 22 Americans Embrace Islam Last Week

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  • ummyakoub
    Jul 1, 2003
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      22 Americans In Kuwait Embrace Islam In A Week

      http://www.islam-online.net/English/News/2003-07/01/article05.shtml

      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.

      Qur'an

      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
      said.

      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
      Islam.

      "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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