Kuwaiti Muslim Imam to be Sued for 'Insulting The Cross'

Published June 18th, 2019 - 06:56 GMT
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Members of Kuwait's tiny Christian minority have filed a lawsuit against a contriversial Muslim cleric.

Members of Kuwait's tiny Christian minority have filed a lawsuit against a contriversial Muslim cleric after he "insulted the cross" during a sermon.

The group's lawyer said in an online statement this week that he had been appointed by three Kuwaiti Christians to press charges against Sheikh Othman al-Khamees for "stoking sectarian tension".

Lawyer Hani Hussain said the charges over a video in which the sheikh "insulted the cross", and called on authorities to take action against him over his repeated attacks against religious minorities.

Khamees had issued a religious ruling that Muslims cannot wear clothes bearing images of the cross or the devil unless it is in "an insulting place such as socks".


Khamees, a hardline Salafi cleric who was banned from preaching in mosques in 2015, is known for his conservative and anti-Shia rulings he published on his social media accounts.

Kuwaiti authorities fined Khamees 20,000 dinars ($65,700) in March for "stoking sectarian tension", local media reported.

Earlier this year, Khamees issued a religious ruling prohibiting men and women from playing online video games together.

Kuwait, a Muslim-majority nation of around 4.2 million, is home to a small Christian population that numbers at around 200.

The tiny community, which is made up of eight families, immigrated to the Gulf state from Iraq and the Levant before a 1959 citizenship law prohibited non-Muslims from becoming Kuwaiti.

This article has been adapted from its original source.


Copyright @ 2019 The New Arab.

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