Kuwait

The Grand Mufti of Saudi Arabia has repeated his call for all churches in Arabian peninsula to be destroyed. Sheikh Abdul Aziz bin Abdullah bases his statement on an Islamic tradition recording that Muhammad said he would expel all Jews and Christians from Arabian peninsula so that only Muslims remained. No church buildings are allowed in Saudi Arabia anyway, but the Grand Mufti was motivated to reiterate his opinion on 17 March after a Kuwaiti MP tweeted his plans for a bill to remove all church buildings in Kuwait. The MP later clarified that he did not mean to have existing church buildings destroyed, only to prevent any new ones being erected. Pray that Kuwait will resist pressure from Saudi Arabia and will take pride in allowing Christians to meet for worship in church buildings. There are about half a million Christians in Kuwait although almost all are expatriate workers, not Kuwaiti citizens.

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