-The Late Al Sumait is a high point in charity work in Kuwait and the world.
- Every day, the works of the Late grows and prospers, leaving behind a legacy of sustained charity.
- Large institutions funded by states and organizations, fail to carry out the achievements of the Late.
- Sincere intention, organized work and the interaction of good people and institutional work are the most important success factors of the Late Sumait.
On the third anniversary of the death of its founder, Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait, God’s mercy, Direct Aid Society issued a statement mentioning large events and great projects that come as an update of what was started by the Late Sumait after laying a strong and powerful foundation by institutional and organized work that is provided with mechanisms to ensure continuity and sustainability. The statement referred to one of the most important projects complemented by the Society at the present time, the second phase of Umma University in Kenya. The first brick of this university was put by D. Sumait, God’s mercy in 1997. He set up Thika College which was transferred to « Umma University » to include three faculties; the Islamic Studies Faculty, Islamic Law Faculty and Economics Faculty. It is the first Islamic University funded by the Arab charity in Kenya. It is also the first Islamic university recognized by the Kenyan government.
The statement added that Umma University is one of thousand projects completed by Late Sumait in a record period of almost four decades, he spent in work, diligence, travel and movement among African countries to identify their needs, meet their poor people and study projects that they need. His achievements included building 5700 mosques, digging 9,500 wells and establishing 860 schools, four universities and 204 Islamic centers. In addition to that, he established medical camps, hundreds of charitable projects, orphans’ sponsorship, programs of advocacy and thousands of urgent relief campaigns for the people of the affected areas in more than 30 African countries. The statement pointed out that institutions, countries and organizations at the present time may fail to carry out the achievements of Late Sumait, especially with regard to continuity, prosperity and growth day after day.
The statement also referred to the biography of the Late Dr. Abdul Rahman Al-Sumait, who was born in 1947 in a conservative environment, and when he was undergraduate, he decided to study at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Baghdad in Iraq, which was, at that time, one of the hardest Arab universities. After two years of his excellent completion of this faculty he decided to complete his studies in Britain and enrolled in a diploma program of tropical diseases in Liverpool. The Late “did not know the hidden benefit of his certification that he got as a result of his love to this specialization which helped him a lot in serving people in African countries and treating their diseases”.
The statement stressed that the Late was able to grow the seeds of good with the maximum degree of eligibility, speed and sincere intention. Doing good was the style of the Late since he was a student in Iraq, as he used to deduct from the salary of his mission to spend on the needs of those who he knew as sons of the Arab community. Also, he opened his apartment to be a center to educate people, guide them for a dignified life and solve their problems.
The statement stressed on the Late Sumait’s awareness of the sustainability as the main basis of any successful charity work and providing immediate needs, although they are important, is not enough. Based on that, Sumait established more than 250 schools and centers for orphans. He sponsored more than 70 thousand orphans. Education was one of his first priorities because he believed that education is the main solution for these poor people to get rid of their lethargy. He cared about university education and the provision of grants of the post-graduation, where 3000 of undergraduate students and 700 of postgraduate students were benefited. The Late did not care only about education but also he fought against what is known as the death triangle (poverty, ignorance and disease) in Africa. He focused on developing those three main terms. For these efforts, Sumait is regarded to be a high point in charity work in Kuwait and the world.
The statement was concluded by praying to the spirit of the Late Sumait, and with mercy and forgiveness pray to Allah Almighty to make all good work carried out only for seeking the pleasure of Allah Almighty. We all pray to Allah to reward Sumait for his good work to be added to his balance of good deeds for every child that drank clean water from the wells dug by Sumait, for every student that found a place in schools established by Sumait, for every orphan found its sponsor, or for every woman that her life has been changed positively because of Sumait projects of development. That is all while recalling the speech of the Late “Until now, I am not satisfied with myself, and I feel that I will be asked for African people who we did not serve”.