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Kuwait

Kuwait has a relatively liberal Islamic regime. Kuwaiti citizens are nearly all Muslim, with the exception of about 100 to 200 Christians and a few Baha'i. The expatriate population includes 450,000 Christians, 400,000 Hindus and 100,000 Buddhists. The state religion is Sunni Islam, and Shariah (Islamic law) has a strong influence. Human trafficking is a major problem in the country.

Evangelism to Kuwaitis is forbidden. Kuwaitis who openly convert to Christianity face harassment and arrest, but more underground church members are making their faith public. Foreign Christians have the freedom to live and work in Kuwait, but they must worship within enclosed compounds, and no new land is being released for church buildings. Only Muslims may become citizens. House churches exist, and Bibles can be sold legally. As recently as three years ago, there were only a handful of Kuwaiti believers, but now there is a small, growing community of indigenous believers. Some are very bold in sharing their faith.

Country Information

Population
3,032,065 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Kuwaiti (30.4), other Arab (27.4), Asian (40.3), African (1), Other (0.9)

Religion (%)*
Muslim (74.6), Christian (18.2), other and unspecified (7.2)
*Statistics represent the total population; about 69% of the population consists of immigrants. (2013 est.)

Leader
Amir Sabah al-Ahmad al-Jabir al-Sabah (2020)

Government type
Constitutional monarchy (emirate)

Legal system
Mixed legal system consisting of English common law, French civil law, and Islamic sharia law

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Kuwait

Pray that Christians in Kuwait will be a living testimony of the grace and love of Jesus Christ to their Muslim neighbours and co-workers.

Pray for continued reforms within the government, allowing more freedom for the people.

Pray for those Kuwaitis who hear and want to respond, as cultural and familial pressures prevent many from following Christ.

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Kuwait News

  • Update: Kuwait leader rejects death sentence

    Kuwait's ruler has refused to pass a bill previously voted through by parliament that would allow Muslims who insult Islam to be put to death and would harshly penalize Christians and other non-Muslims.

    The bill seeking to institute the death penalty for Muslims who insult Allah, the Qu'ran, Muslim

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  • Update: Parliament approves death penalty for blasphemy

    A new law may soon allow courts in Kuwait to sentence those convicted of blasphemy to death. Muslims who insult Allah, the Qur'an, Muslim prophets, or Muhammad's wives may receive the death sentence if the bill, which was approved by 40 members of Parliament while only six opposed it, is approved by

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  • Leaders try to halt church construction, strengthen blasphemy laws

    A Kuwaiti Member of Parliament (MP) is drafting a law banning the construction of churches and other non-Islamic places of worship, as lawmakers also attempt to bring in the death penalty for blasphemy laws.

    The MP, Osama Al-Munawer, at first said he planned to submit a draft law requiring the remov

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