General Information

State of Kuwait

National name: Dawlat al-Kuwayt

Total area: 6,880 sq mi (17,819 sq km)

Population (2008 est.): 2,596,799

Capital (2003 est.): Kuwait, 1,709,800 (metro. area), 32,600 (city proper)

Largest city: as-Salimiyah, 146,900

Monetary unit: Kuwaiti dinar (KD)

Languages: Arabic (official), English

Ethnicity/race: Kuwaiti 45%, other Arab 35%, South Asian 9%, Iranian 4%, other 7%

Religions: Islam 85% (Sunni 70%, Shiite 30%); Christian, Hindu, Parsi, and other 15%

National Holiday: National Day, February 25

Literacy rate: 93.3% (2005 census)

Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2007 est.): $130.1 billion; per capita $39,300. Real growth rate: 4.6%. Inflation: 5%.

Kuwait is situated northeast of Saudi Arabia at the northern end of the Persian Gulf, south of Iraq. It is slightly larger than Hawaii. The low-lying desert land is mainly sandy and barren.

Kuwait is believed to have been part of an early civilization in the 3rd millennium B.C. and to have traded with Mesopotamian cities. Archeological and historical traces disappeared around the first millennium B.C. At the beginning of the 18th century A.D., the 'Anizah tribe of central Arabia founded Kuwait City, which became an autonomous sheikdom by 1756. 'Abd Rahim of the al-Sabah became the first sheik, and his descendants continue to rule Kuwait today. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the sheikdom belonged to the fringes of the Ottoman Empire. Kuwait obtained British protection in 1897 when the sheik feared that the Turks would expand their hold over the area. In 1961, Britain ended the protectorate, giving Kuwait independence, but agreed to give military aid on request. Iraq immediately threatened to occupy the area, and the British sent troops to defend Kuwait. Soon afterward the Arab League sent in troops, replacing the British. Iraq's claim was dropped when the Arab League recognized Kuwait's independence on July 20, 1961.

Islamic History and Muslims

Islam is the main religion of the citizens of Kuwait. Sunni Islam is dominant in Kuwait, with 60% of the total population. The Shi'is have a representation of about 30%, and is therefore a large minority. Christians represent 10%, but these are mainly expatriate workers.

Likewise, the population of Kuwait is ethnically mixed, due to large expatriate communities. There are two groups of natives in Kuwait. Arabs whose ancestors belonged to the larger settlements and living off the land, and who have the highest rank in the society. The other native group are the people whose ancestors lived in smaller communities, and who had their income from fishing. This last group has never received full citizenship, even if they are the true natives of Kuwait more than the first group which are Arab immigrants from the early 18th century.

There are many minority groups, Arabs from other countries, Indians, Pakistanis, Iranians, and before 1991 400,000 Palestinians. "Real" Kuwaitis represented 25% of the total population, but their relative number has risen after 1991. Kuwaiti governments is now concerned with keeping the number of foreigners below 50%, motivated by security concerns.

Kuwait State Mosque

  Salmiya Mosque


 Mosque in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

Fatima Mosque - Kuwait City


Downtown Kuwait Mosque

The Bee Mosque



 Islamic Centers and Organizations

The BIG MOSQUE المسجد الكبير, Kuwait, .kuwait
URL:   Phone: 2411244

Al Markaz (Dawa-e-Tabligh), Kuwait, Kuwait, Kuwait
Phone: 009652240225

لجنة التعريف بالإسلام ISLAM PRESENTATION COMMITTEE, Kuwait
URL:   Phone: 2444117

Al Wazan Mosque, Hawalli, Kuwait
Phone: 965-9059425

URL:   Phone: 965-2432079

Al-Rashed Center, Hawalli
URL:   Phone: (+965) 2 666 206

المعهد الديني الثانوي للبنين بالفحيحيل, Hawalli, الكويت
URL:   Phone: 3919606

Islamic Youth Association, Kuwait, Kuwait
URL:   Phone: 00965-6202428

Revival of islamic heritage society, Kuwait, kuwait
Phone: 00965-5329176

Masjed Eben Qayem Al-Jawziyah, Rowda

Cuddapah Islamic Welfare Society - Kuwait, Kuwait
  Enlightenment into Islam Study Circle (women), Kuwait
  IGC, Kuwait
  Indian Islahi Center (IIC Kuwait), Kuwait
  Islam for Mankind, Kuwait
  Islamic Youth Association, Kuwait
  Kerala Islamic Group, Kuwait
  Kuwait Kerala Muslim Association(KKMA), Kuwait
  Kuwait Tamil Islamic Committee (K-Tic), Kuwait
  Muslim Educational Society - Kuwait Unit, Kuwait
  Revival of islamic heritage society, Kuwait
  TAMILNADU ISLAMIC SCHOLARS ASSOCIATION - KUWAIT جمعية علماء تاميل نادو (الهند) بالكويت, Kuwait
  Tamilnadu Muslim Cultural Association - Kuwait, Kuwait
  لجنة احياء التراث-فرغ الفردوس, Farwaniyyeh
  موقع الارشاد, Kuwait
  مركز إحياء التراث الإسلامي, Qurtubah
  مركز التاريخ الإسلامي على شبكة الإنترنت, Kuwait
  تسجيلات صوت الحق, Kuwait
  جمعية إحياء التراث الإسلامي, Al Jahara
  جمعية إحياء التراث الإسلامي التراث الإسلامي, Kuwait
  جمعية الإصلاح الإجتماعي, Al Jahara
  جمعية الاصلاح الاجتماعي - الجهراء, Jahrah
جمعية الصحبة الصالحة - للشباب, Hawalli

  Al ghanem center for learning islam law & holy quran, Sulaibikhat
  Al Markaz (Dawa-e-Tabligh), Kuwait, Kuwait
  Dar ul Quraan, Fahaheel
  English Language School, Kuwait
  مسجد فهد السالم, Salmiya
  المعهد الديني الثانوي للبنين بالفحيحيل, Hawalli
  المعهد الديني- متوسطة-بنين, الصليبخات
  حلقة الشيخ علي القطان لتحفيظ القرآن الكريم والعلوم الشرعية, Salmiya

Al Othman Mosque, Kuwait
  Al rikka main masjed, Kuwait
  Al Wazan Mosque, Hawalli
  Al-Rashid Mosque, Kuwait
  Cultural Centre (Kuwait Kerala Muslim Cultural Centre), Kuwait
  Ibrahim Al-Sabti, Sabah As Salim
  Masjed Eben Qayem Al-Jawziyah, Rowda
  Masjid AL-AZMI, Salwa
  Masjid Al-Jarri, Abi Huleifa
  Saad Al-Dbais , Mosque, Kuwait - مسجـــد سعـــد الدبيـــس, Kuwait
  SALEM AL DIAB MOSQUE مسجد سالم الذياب الراجحى, Al Aridiyah
  Sohaeb aArome mosqe, Rumaithiya
  The BIG MOSQUE المسجد الكبير, Kuwait
  لجنة التعريف بالإسلام ISLAM PRESENTATION COMMITTEE, Kuwait
  مسجد ناشي أبو عجل- مسجد عبدالرحمن بن جوشن الغطفاني - مسج, Qurain
  مسجد أبو سلمة, Al Jahara
  مسجد البراء بن معرور, Al Jahara
  مسجد البسام, Al Jahara
  مسجد الصحابه, Kuwait
  مسجد العثمان, Hawali-nogra
  مسجد ابو حليفة الكبير, Abu Halaifa
  مسجد بدريه الوقيان بقرطبه, Kuwait
  مسجد جمعية الشويخ, Shuwaikh
  مسجد دغـيـمان المطيرى, Jleeb Al Shuyoukh
  مسجد شريح القاضى, Al Jahara
  مسجد صهيب الروميSohaeb AL-Roomey, Ruhaiyah
  مسجد عبد الرحمن بن جوشن الغطفاني, Al Qurayn
  مسجد عبدالله بن الأرقم, Al Jahara
  مسجد عبدالمحسن البابطين, Qurtubah
مسجدنافع مولى ابن عمرفي منطقة الواحه, Jahrah

   Muslim Owned Business

  Al-Rashed Center, Hawalli
  Kuwaiti Guide Center, Hawalli
  Muslim Womens Boutique, Salmiya
  Nutrina Trading, Kuwait
The Desert Boutique, Rumaithiyah

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