Tareq Al-Suwaidan

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Tareq Al-Suwaidan M.Sc., Ph.D.
Tareq Al-Suwaidan.jpg
Born (1953-11-23) November 23, 1953 (age 63)
Kuwait
Nationality Kuwait
Education Penn State University
University of Tulsa
Television General manager of Al-Resalah TV (2006-2013)
Website www.suwaidan.com

Tareq Mohammed Al-Suwaidan (Arabic: طارق محمد السويدان‎‎; born November 23, 1953) is a Kuwaiti writer, historian, businessman, and Muslim scholar, He is Chairman of "Innovation Group". He is well known in the Middle East and in Muslim communities throughout the world for his management/strategic planning training, motivational speaking and television shows and appearances. According to Forbes magazine (Arabic edition: Forbes Arabia), Al-Suwaidan ranks second in annual net income among Islamic speakers in the Muslim world with an estimated net profit of $1 million in 2007.[1] 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 20 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.[2][3][4]

Al-Suwaidan has preached to large audiences in the U.K. Canada, and Australia. He has spoken to Western audiences at venues such as Georgetown University School of Foreign Service in Qatar. He frequently supports Western and American Muslim organizations. [5]

Media and management[edit]

Al-Suwaidan is a TV personality who has prepared and presented numerous Islamic television shows on Islamic subjects ranging from broadcasting of the Holy Quran, stories of the Prophet, notable women and Andalusian history. His shows have aired on Kuwait television, First Channel, Space Channel and MBC.[6]

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.[3]

Al-Suwaidan was formerly the General Manager of Al-Resalah Satellite TV, the brainchild of Saudi businessman Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal. In August 2013, Prince Talal fired Suwaidan for his role as the leader of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait. Prince Talal wrote on his Twitter account that he sacked Tarek Al-Suwaidan "for admitting he belongs to the Brotherhood movement."[7] In a letter to Al-Suwaidan, Prince Al Waleed wrote that there was no place for a Muslim Brotherhood member on the channel. Prince Alaweed bin Talal, criticized him as having "extremist inclinations".[8][9]

Educational initiatives[edit]

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.[10]

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.[citation needed]

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.[citation needed]

Productions[edit]

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 (Stories 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".[11][citation needed]

Management books[edit]

  • Leadership in the twenty-century [sic?]
  • How to write a strategic plan ) stand alone(
  • Test your strategic information
  • Machine Creativity (Creativity step by step)
  • Flexible muscles of your brain
  • Principles of creativity
  • Pentagonal loyalty
  • Time management
  • Order your life
  • Market leadership
  • Learning Organization
  • Systematic change in organizations
  • Industry leader
  • The art of wonderful diction
  • Recent trends in management
  • How to change yourself
  • Success in life
  • Training and creative teaching.
  • The culture industry - 1. Industry Culture
  • The culture industry - 2. How do I Read?
  • The culture industry - 3. What to Read?
  • The culture industry - 4. Child Reader
  • Industry Intelligence

Islamic books[edit]

  1. Summary of the Islamic belief
  2. Secrets of Fasting
  3. Secrets of Hajj and Umrah
  4. Fasting
  5. The Jews: The Illustrated Encyclopedia (2009)[a]

Awards[edit]

Views and ideology[edit]

He supported Muslim Brotherhood against the 2013 Egyptian coup d'état. And he's member of the Muslim Brotherhood in Kuwait and has been described in US State Department cables as a "moderate Islamist".[13][14] 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.” [15] 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.”[16] He has supported women's rights within Islamic sharia law and advocated for reforming traditional understanding of Islam.[17] 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.[18][19] 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 is a strong supporter of women's rights in the Middle East and has participated in the Doha Debates arguing in favor of women's political and social rights. He spoke out against forced marriages calling it "un-Islamic."[20]



Clashes with Gulf states[edit]

In November 2012 a UAE police official said that suspects arrested in UAE had met with Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood members who are the ‘mentors of other groups’. He said "They hold courses and teach members how to act and resist, such as Tareq Al-Suwaidan. His anti-regime attitude is very clear." [21]

In October 2013, Al-Suwaidan tweeted that he had been barred from performing the lesser Umrah pilgrimage in Saudi Arabia, stating "I have been banned from entering Saudi Arabia solely for my views and my position against the coup in Egypt and I say that my love for Saudi Arabia and its people is unshaken and that ideas can [never] be banned.”[22]

Popularity[edit]

Al-Suwaidan has authored over 30 books, but his popularity is largely a result of his widespread social media activity– including: YouTube, Vimeo, iTunes, Facebook, Twitter.

He have about 7 million followers on Twitter, until 5 March 2016.

Hundreds of Arabic and English speeches by Al Suwaidan can be found on YouTube where there are excerpts from his appearances on Arab TV channels, as well as speeches delivered in the Middle East and in the West.[5]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ The aim of this online book is to "attest to, through evidence and accounts, that the falsified religion of the Jews, itself, encourages them to practice treason and treachery, and feeds them to make them a special group among humans, and confers upon them the right to exploit others on the most hideous paths of duplicity."[12]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.alarabiya.net/articles/2008/02/28/46255.html
  2. ^ http://en.zl50.com/20130409369374908.html
  3. ^ a b http://www.thedohadebates.com/output/Page29.asp
  4. ^ "Kuwaiti Muslim Brotherhood Leader And Director Of Saudi Al-Risala TV Tareq Al-Suwaidan Tours West, Promoting Restoration Of Caliphate And New Era Of Cyber Jihad". MEMRI - The Middle East Media Research Institute. 
  5. ^ a b http://www.memri.org/report/en/print6453.htm
  6. ^ http://web.archive.org/web/20051127101957/http://www.thedohadebates.com/output/Page29.asp
  7. ^ AP (18 August 2013). "TV director fired for ties to Muslim Brotherhood". USA TODAY. 
  8. ^ "Kuwaiti preacher barred from Makkah pilgrimage". gulfnews.com. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  9. ^ "Saudi Arabia, Kuwait tighten controls on clerics". Reuters. 2013-11-25. Retrieved 2016-01-14. 
  10. ^ Ahmed.A. "American Creativity Academy - ACA Review". americancreativityacademy-acareview.blogspot.de. 
  11. ^ "طارق بن محمد السويدان - الدروس - طريق الإسلام". islamway.net. 
  12. ^ Seniguer, Haoues (2015-03-17). "The World's Schizophrenic Attitude Towards Charlie Hebdo". Huffington Post. Retrieved 15 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Help cure West's ills, Muslims told", Catherine Porter, Toronto Star, Monday, January 6, 2003, Ontario edition, Section: News, p. A08
  14. ^ "Cable: 05KUWAIT3384_a". wikileaks.org. 
  15. ^ http://english.alarabiya.net/articles/2012/03/25/203152.html
  16. ^ Mohammed Cartoons - Tareq Al-Suweidan. YouTube. 7 February 2009. 
  17. ^ "This House believes that Arab women should have full equality with men". thedohadebates.com. 
  18. ^ "A Common Word Between Us and You". acommonword.com. 
  19. ^ "Qatar Opens Debate on Thorny Muslim, Arab Issues". NPR.org. 3 June 2005. 
  20. ^ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YVQhmfe6iiQ.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  21. ^ "Internet Archive Wayback Machine". archive.org.  |archive-url= is malformed: timestamp (help)
  22. ^ Gulf News Report. "Kuwaiti preacher barred from Makkah pilgrimage". gulfnews.com. 

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