|Tareq Al-Suwaidan M.Sc., Ph.D.|
November 15, 1953 |
|Education||Penn State University
University of Tulsa
Tareq Mohammed Al-Suwaidan (Arabic: طارق محمد السويدان; born November 15, 1953) . He is well known in the Middle East throughout the world for his management/strategic planning training, motivational speaking and television shows and appearances. Al-Suwaidan was trained in the classical Islamic sciences in his youth and lived and studied in the United States from the age of 17 and remained for 17 years, graduating from high school, and receiving a B.S. in petroleum and natural gas engineering from Penn State University in 1975 and an M.Sc. and Ph.D. in 1990 in petroleum engineering from the University of Tulsa.
Media and management
Al-Suwaidan is a TV personality who has prepared and presented numerous Islamic television shows on Islamic subjects ranging from stories of the Prophet, notable women and Andalusian history. His shows have aired on Kuwait television, First Channel, Space Channel and MBC.
Al-Suwaidan is a management, leadership and strategic planning consultant in the Middle East and is Chairman of the Gulf Innovation Groups.
Views and ideology
Al-Suwaidan is the founder and manager of AWARE Center in Kuwait which stands for Advoctes of Western Arab RElations www.AWARE.Com.kw Al-Suwaidan has been described in US State Department cables as a "moderate Islamist". In 2012 he said "If Islamists start to become tyrants in the countries that were hit by the Arab Spring, we will revolt against them just like we did against their predecessors.” and that “Freedom is a holy right and is one of the principles in Islam ... Freedom is to do and say what a person wishes but in a polite manner and without hurting others.” In 2006 he demanded that the European Union, as well as the rest of the world, enact “a law that forbids the insult to religious figures and religious sacred opinions.” He has supported women's rights within Islamic coluntries and advocated for reforming traditional understanding of Islam. Al-Suwaidan is one of the signatories of A Common Word Between Us and You, an open letter by Islamic scholars to Christian leaders, calling for peace and understanding. Al-Suwaidan has condemned the 9/11 terrorists saying "these people are very dangerous to themselves, to the Arab world, to the Islamic world itself, and to Islam itself."
Al-Suwaidan was one of the founders of the American Creativity Academy in Kuwait, a private institution that offers an American college-preparatory education within the context of Islamic values.
He is also one of the founders of AGS (Advanced Generations School) in Saudi Arabia, a "Canadian school with an Islamic identity." Students study English under the Canadian curriculum, and take Islamic and Arabic classes as well.
Al-Suwaidan has been responsible for the preparation and submission of several courses and lectures to tens of entities in Kuwait, the Gulf and the Arab world, Malaysia, Europe, America and Australia, and has trained more than 70 thousand trainees in a variety of topics relating to management in an Islamic context.
Al-Suwaidan is the author of 54 best-selling books, his most popular being: Iidad Alkada (Preparing Leaders), and spoken word audio tape albums. His album, Qasas al Anbiyaa (Lives of the Prophets) is the highest-selling Islamic album in the world with well over 2 million copies sold. Additionally, over 3.4 million listeners have downloaded his lectures on the popular Islamic broadcast website "Islamway".
- Summary of the Islamic belief
- Secrets of Fasting
- Secrets of Hajj and Umrah
- Archived November 27, 2005 at the Wayback Machine
- "Help cure West's ills, Muslims told", Catherine Porter, Toronto Star, Monday, January 6, 2003, Ontario edition, Section: News, p. A08
- Video on YouTube