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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 removal of all churches in the country, but later said existing churches could remain and that only new construction would be banned. A fellow MP who supports the law said, "Kuwait already has an excessive number of churches compared to the country's Christian minority." About 13 per cent of the population is Christian, although most are expatriates.

Meanwhile new teeth are being given to Kuwait's blasphemy law. Todd Nettleton from our sister mission in the USA said, "Witnesses for Christ could face the death penalty if they would be accused and convicted of blasphemy, if this law passes the process and becomes approved."

While the constitution protects freedom of belief, the constitution also says Islam is the state religion and Islamic law (Shariah) is an important source of legislation. Conversion from Islam to other religions is not permitted, and the government actively supports proselytism by Sunni Muslims. Although the first vote on this law has passed, another vote is required and the leader of the country will also have to sign off on it.

Please pray that these laws will be struck down. Pray that increased opposition will result in increased boldness among believers (Acts 4:29-31). Pray that the spread of the gospel will only grow throughout the country, demonstrating to unbelievers in Kuwait that the God Christians serve and worship is the one and only true God with complete authority over all.

For more information on persecution in Kuwait, go to the Kuwait Country Report.

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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