Religious beliefs in Kuwait


Unlike most other Middle Eastern countries, Kuwait tolerates other religion apart from Islam. Although majority of the Kuwaiti nationals are Muslims, Christians, Hindu, Buddhists and Jews also call Kuwait home.

Followers of the Islam faith overwhelm all other religions in the country. However, the 85% representation of Muslim does not necessarily mean they are a solid block. Of the 85% that comprise the Muslims, 70% of them are Sunni Muslims and 30% are Shi’a. Tensions between Sunni and Shi’a occasionally had been spurting here and there but nothing like when the Iran-Iraq War was raging.

Christians in Kuwait are quite numerous compared to other Arab nations. Catholics in Kuwait are around the 140,000 figure or 6% of the population. The Protestants also have a 50,000 strong following which comprises 2.14% of the total population. The Coptic Orthodox Church also has quite a presence in the country as 60,000 Kuwaitis adhere to this branch of Christianity. There is also a group of the Armenian Orthodox Church, the Greek Orthodox Church and the Seventh-day Adventists but each does not exceed 5,000 members. Christians, by law, are not allowed to become citizens of Kuwait even by naturalization but there are around 1,000 Kuwaiti citizens that are officially documented as Christian.

Kuwait is considered an open country and so it won’t be surprising to find other religions not belonging to a Muslim or Christian sect like Hindu, Buddhists and Jews who usually are migrant workers in Kuwait. Although, Kuwait has a tolerance policy towards other religions, Muslims don’t like it when other religions try to convert Muslims to other non-adherents of Islam.