morally corrected behavior includes performing the religious duties known
as the five pillars of Islam: Shahada, salat, zacat, sawm, and Hajj. Shahada
is the profession of faith” There is no God but Allah and Muhammad
is his Messenger”. Salat means prayers; a Muslim must face Makkah and recite
prescribed prayers five times a day.
Constitution states that “ the religion of the state is Islam and the Sheria
shall be a main sou8rce of legislation “. Without a doubt, Islam is the
single most powerful motivating force in Kuwait and though its role and
form in the modern world is often debated. Doubts about its intrinsic value
are seldom expressed. Indeed Kuwaitis find the idea that religion can be
separated from social and political life quite incomprehensible. All Kuwaitis
are Muslim, except for half a dozen or so Christian Kuwaiti families.
is divided into several groupings. The Sunnis are the majority. The Shias
make up only about 15 % of all Muslims and there are several other small
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means “peace and submission to the will of God” Its basic tenets are: that
there is no God but Allah and Muhammad (Peace Be Upon Him) is the final
prophet of God; that God create man and the world, and endowed man with
a moral sense and free will, and assigned him a vice-regency on earth for
which he will be held accounted; and that morally correct behavior is achieved
by following God’s Law as revealed through the Angel Gabriel to the Prophet
is an obligatory property tax on Muslims. Sawm is fasting, high entails
abstaining from food, drink, tobacco and sexual intercourse between sunrise
and sunset on any day; its obligatory (except for the old, the young, the
sick, menstruating women and travelers) during the month of Ramadan but
may be practiced any time.
is the pilgrimage to Makkah every Muslim must make once a life time provided
he or she is physically and financially capable; Hajj is performed during
the 12th month of the Islamic calendar, though Umra, the lesser pilgrimage
may be performed at any time.
lays down rules governing all aspects of human behavior. These are known
as the Sheria, which considered by muslims to be a Revealed code of Law
that is eternal in place and time and to which to all human being are subject,
and which provides for all the conduct needed for an orderly society.
|The Laws of Islam
fundamental concepts underlie Islamic morality; halal, which means permissible,
and haram meaning forbidden. The basic principal is that nothing is haram
except that which clearly prohibited by the Sheria.
Sheria has two primary sources, the Quran and the Sunnah, and two secoundly
sources, the Qiyas and the Ijma. The Quran is the word of God as revealed
to prophet (PBUH). It was written down during his life and gathered together
by His companions after his death. Sunnah refers to the actions and utterances
of the prophet (PBUH) during his own life time, which, after his death,
were written down and complied into various collections of Ahadith (saying).
The Quran states the principles of the sheria while the sunnah provides
examples of their application.
is reasoning by analogy. It is applied where guidance from the Quran and
the Sunnah is not directory available to answer an ethical query. Ijma
is the consensus of Uiema (religious scholars). This consensus is applied
where no clear conclusion based on the Quran or the Sunnah can be made
on an ethical matter. Uiemas usually belong to colleges, whence from time
to time they issue fatwas, ruling on particular matters that are considered
jurisprudence of Fiqh consists of collections of law based on the Quran
and the Sunnah. It is highly developed and there are several schools. The
development of Fiqh is on-going, through a dialectic process known as Ijtehad;
e.g., Islamic banking emerged as an alternative to conventional backing
only within the last generation and is still evolving with many issues
yet to be settled.
an Islamic court all, including non-muslims, are equal before Sheria. A
defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty and the burden of proof
falls on the complainant, who must produce witnesses, at least two and
in some cases four, to prove his case. Witnesses must testify under oath
and the testamentary value of a male witness is double that female.
is not a new religion, but the seam truth the God Almighty reveled through
all his prophets to all people. For a fifth of the world’s populations,
Islam is both a religion and a complete way of life. Muslim follows a religion
of peace, mercy and forgiveness. The majority of Muslim has nothing to
do with the extremely grave terrorist events that have come to be associated
with their faith.
come from the Arabic root word Assala’m which mean peace, wholeness as
opposed to defects, submission and perfection. As Sala’m is also one of
the 99 attributes of Allah Almighty of which “Allah” is the crowing name.
God Almighty says in the Holy Quran: “ Allah is He, than whom there is
no God, except He, the Sovereign, the Holy one, the Source of peace (and
perfection) “ (59:23).
the bible, it is also stated that Allah Almighty is the sources of peace.
“For God is Corinthians 14:33). Hence Allah Almighty is the source of peace
and perfection and want all mankind to live in peace in this fleeting world.
translated as “peace” has a wide significance. It includes (1) a sense
of security and permanence, which is unknown in this fleeting life; (2)
soundness and preservation and perfection meaning that the religion of
islam id free from defects; (3) preservation and deliverance as embodied
in the word sallama; (4) salutation, is accord with those around us; and
(5) resignation, in the sense that we are satisfied and not discontented.
All these shades of meaning are implicit in the word Islam.
as stated earlier, is the salutation of muslims in this world and in heaven.
Allah Almighty says in the Holy Quran: “peace’ a word (of salutation) will
come from the Lord Most Merciful” (36:58). Allah Almighty further
says: Their salutation the day they meet Him will be ‘peace’ and He has
prepared for them a generous reward.”
prescribes a wide range of rules governing personal and interpersonal conduct.
The family is considered the basis of social life, and celibacy is forbidden.
Sheria states that those who have the means should marry, and lays down
detailed rules governing marriage, divorce and inheritance.
allows any wholesome food to be eaten and only four types are prohibited
carrion, pork, blood, and idolatrous offerings. Muslims can only eat meat
that only Halal is from an animal that has been slaughtered by bleeding
as prescribed in the Sheria.
may not drink or handle alcohol, nor serve it to Muslims or non-muslims.
The prohibition against alcohol is extended by qiyas to all drugs that
befog the mind.
and woman are regards as equal in Islam, though ‘men have a degree over
women’ in the household due to their physical differences and the need
to have only one head in the house. But a woman may hold property and carry
on her own business. She may work outside the home and retain her earning.
She has rights to share in the estate of deceased family member. Her consent
is required for marriage and her husband is obliged to maintain her. A
Muslim man married to non-Muslim women must allow his wife to practice
her religion without hindrance.
is pro-business. The Sharia contains detailed rules as to how business
should be conducted, which attempt to ensure support for the weak. Any
activity that is fair and beneficial to both parties and is transacted
by mutual consent is lawful, but an activity involving uncertainty or an
unfair assumption of risk is not allowed. For example, renting agricultural
land for money is forbidden because the renter has a guaranteed return
while the cultivator takes the whole risk that the crop will fail.
Muslim may not deal in things, such as intoxicants, swine, or idols, the
use, which is harmed. The Sheria prohibits dealings in stolen or usurped
property. There is no statue of limitation in Islamic law and the passage
of time cannot deprive an original owner of his right in property. The
principle of caveat emptor is not recognized and the Sheria require a Muslim
to make every thing clear about an article he shells including any defects.
Sheria prohibits the charging of riba (usually translated as interest)
no money lent.
few Islamic scholars make a distinction between interest and usury and
say that interest can at times be legitimate. Though commercial banks in
Kuwait lend money at interest, the religious prohibition on riba has led
to the development of Islamic banking.
forms of insurance, such as insurance carry the risk that one party will
receive all the benefits with nothing for the other party. In addition,
Muslims deal with conventional insurance companies as they invariably lend
their preium monies on interest.
Islam defines all the spiritual, social economic and political conduct
needed for an order sociality, Its keynotes are tolerance, compassion,
justice, honesty, rationality and love, which bind (through invitations
and not by force) all believers, regardless of race or citizenship, into
an Umma (union) of common belief and social practices.
consider Muhammad (PBUH) to be the final prophet of God, yet believe in
all previous prophets, though they regard earlier revelations as either
incomplete or to have been later perverted. People (such as Christians
and Jews) who received these prior revelations are called People of the
book. These and other non-Muslims who accept the authority of an Islamic
state are known as Ahl Al Thimmah (Covenanted People). As the term implies,
the Islamic state has entered into a convenient with Ahl Al Thimmah and
guarantees its protections to all non-Muslim living within its community
in return for their loyalty. They have equal rights with Muslims before
the law, freedom of belief and may perform their own religious rites. These
rights are irrevocable unless Ahl Al Thimmah themselves renounce the covenant.
Kuwait’s constitutions guarantees non-muslims ‘absolute freedom of belief
and the right to practice religion in accordance with established customs’
There are several Christian churches in the country and the Catholic Church
has a resident bishop.
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Presentation Committee (IPC) is in Fahd Al Salem Street and welcome inquiries
about Islam. The IPC publishes books and holds classes on Islam in many
languages. The Friday Sermon is given in non- Arabic language, such as:
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English Al-Uthman Mosque
----------------------- near the National Assembly
Malayalam Al-Ujairy Mosque ---------------------------
near Kuwait Municipality building
Tagalog Abdulaziz al-Otaibi Mosque
------------ near Kuwait finance House head office
Turkish Al-Mudairees Mosque
-------------------- near Kuwait Chamber of Commerce & Industry
Tamil Ben Nabhan
Mosque --------------------- near Derwazat Abdul-Razzaq
Telugu Marzook Al-Bader
Mosque ------------- behind Salhiyah Post Office
Telugu Bin Hamad
Mosque ----------------------- behind Palace of justice
Saleh Mosque ---------------- near Al-Muthanna Complex
mosque ------------------------ behind Meridian Hotel
Telugu Fadalah Mosque
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Al-Hamad Mosque ------------------------ Jleeb Al-Shuyokh
Al-Sharrah Mosque ----------------------- Salmiya
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