Shaykh Fayez is a religious scholar, author and international aid worker. As a teenager, aged 15, he lived through the invasion of Kuwait by Saddam Hussein, which taught him about the importance of generosity in offering relief. He began delivering food alongside other teenagers in his neighborhood to his fellow citizens who were afraid to leave their homes during the occupation. In his early 20’s, he witnessed on TV the horrific aftermath of the war in Bosnia. Once again, he felt compelled to travel there and continue his charitable work.
In 2001, he traveled to Afghanistan, one of the poorest countries in the world, and met local officials to assist villagers in the building of wells and repairing their mosque. After the invasion, he was captured, sold to US forces for a bounty and sent to Guantanamo where he remained for 14 years.
Since his release, Fayez has become a well respected figure in Kuwait due to his knowledge and wisdom, He produced an inspirational youtube series “552” about his time in Guantanamo and is also the author of the widely praised “Extreme calamity and rebirth” which retells his personal life journey. His life is also documented in the popular arabic show “sunduq al aswad”