Church issue still alive

The Kuwait Municipality cannot approve the request of the Awqaf and Islamic Affairs to allocate land for the construction of churches in Kuwait without consulting the Municipality Council, reports Al-Watan Arabic daily quoting Council member Mane Al-Ajmi.

Al-Ajmi explained the Municipality has, in principle, approved the request but it does not entail a green light for the construction of churches.  He argued it is illogical for the ministry to issue a decree allowing the construction of churches in Kuwait, while some preachers insist that Islam prohibits such actions in the Arabian Peninsula.  He said the people are now celebrating the holy month of Ramadan; hence, the need to protect their religious entity by preventing the construction of churches, stressing there are enough worship places for Christians in the country.

Reiterating that the Municipality cannot allocate a plot for the construction of a church without obtaining approval from the Council, Al-Ajmi explained no plot has been allocated for this purpose because the Council has rejected the request.

He asserted the people should take the side of the Council members because Islam forbids the construction of churches.  He was quick to add though that the existing churches will remain since they were built prior to the Islamic conquest.

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