Arab, Shia Kuwaiti of Canada


People Group Info

Total Population: 2,240

ROP3 Code: 113915
IMB Affinity Group: North African and Middle Eastern Peoples
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Arabian
Language: Gulf Arabic - (afb)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Kuwait

Status of Christianity


Unengaged and Unreached

GSEC Level: 1

Majority Located Where

  Ottawa–Gatineau, ON - 950

  Toronto (Mississauga, Brampton), ON - 320

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Brief Profile

The number of Arab, Shia Kuwaiti people residing in North American is relatively small in comparison to other Arab peoples. However, their numbers continue to increase annually and form a significant least reached people in North America.

Historically, Kuwait's Shia population formed due to two different regional trajectories. A group of Arabs native to the Gulf, collectively referred to as the baharnah, were sea-faring peoples and Twelver Shia Muslims, who inhabited Bahrain, the eastern coast of Saudi Arabia, and Kuwait. The other historical dynamic that led to the formation of a Shia community in Kuwait were migrations from Shia Iran to what is today Kuwait and Bahrain, some dating as far back as 300 years ago, while others came in a wave during the 1920s. Other Kuwaiti Shia originated among the Shia of southern Iraq. Despite their differing origins, collectively this Shia community has forged a "Gulfie" identity tied to Kuwait.

Prayer Points

  • Pray that God will reveal the truth of who He is to the Arab, Shia Kuwaiti people via dreams and other means.
  • Pray that Christians will hear and obey God's calling of sending gospel messengers to minister among Arab, Shia Kuwaiti.
  • Pray Arab, Shia Kuwaiti would experience an intimate living God, found in Jesus Christ.

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StatusCountry City Metro Area Name State / Prov. Baseline Population
CanadaOttawaOttawa–GatineauON950
CanadaTorontoToronto (Mississauga, Brampton)ON320
CanadaDartmouth NS265