The death of Kuwaiti Mohammed Al-Sharekh, the first to introduce the Arabic language to computers Mix


Kuwaiti businessman Sheikh Mohammed Al-Sharekh, founder and chairman of the board of directors of the “Sakhr” computer software company, and the first to introduce the Arabic language to computers, died today, Wednesday, at the age of 82 years.

The General Secretariat of the National Council for Culture, Arts and Literature in Kuwait mourned the deceased through a post on the

She added that the late “received the State Appreciation Award in 2018 in Kuwait, and the “Service to Islam” Award from the “King Faisal” Award in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia in 2021.”

Former Speaker of the Kuwaiti National Assembly, Marzouq Al-Ghanim, also mourned him, saying, “Kuwait has lost one of its most prominent and loyal men who contributed to raising the country’s name in various international and Islamic forums,” adding that he “contributed to enriching Arab and Islamic culture in the service of Islam and Arab culture.”


Muhammad Abd al-Rahman al-Sharekh was born in 1942. He obtained a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Cairo University in 1965. He also obtained a master’s degree in economic development from Williams College in Massachusetts.

Al-Sharekh is credited with establishing the “Sakhr” computer software company in 1982, and he was the first to introduce the Arabic language to computers.

His company, Sakhr, obtained 3 patents from the United States Patent and Trademark Office: optical character recognition (OCR), machine translation from Arabic to English, and Arabic pronunciation.

Al-Sharekh achieved many achievements during his career, including developing the Holy Qur’an program and introducing the nine hadith books in English to the computer in 1985.

Al-Sharekh worked on developing many educational, educational and programming programs, the number of which exceeded 90 programs, publishing computer education books, training teachers, and establishing computer programming education institutes.

He also completed the Islamic Information Archive, optical recognition of Arabic letters in 1994, pronunciation of Arabic letters in 1998, translation to and from Arabic in 2002, and automated speech translation in 2010.

Book in newspaper

In 1997, he founded the “Book in a Newspaper” project in cooperation with UNESCO, and in 2016, Al-Sharekh started the “Al-Sharekh Archive” project, which contains copies of major ancient and modern Arab literary and cultural magazines and uploads them to the Internet with the aim of preserving them as heritage and becoming popular. Accessible to Arab researchers and intellectuals.

In 2019, Al-Sharekh launched a contemporary computerized dictionary of the Arabic language, free on the Internet, containing 125,000 meanings and syntaxes. It also contains a database of synonyms and antonyms amounting to 35,000 synonyms and antonyms. The site also includes 3 of the most famous heritage dictionaries: Al-Qamus Al-Muhit, and Taj. The bride, and Lisan al-Arab.

In 1968, Al-Sharekh published the first story he wrote, entitled “Qais and Laila.” He also has 3 published collections of short stories, consisting of 10 stories, which were published in 2006, “The Square,” which was published in 2012, and “Asrar,” which was published in 2017. He also published a novel. “The Family” in 2018.

Al-Sharekh worked as Deputy Director General of the Kuwait Fund for Development, and a member of the Board of Directors of the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development in Washington. He founded and chaired the Board of Directors of the Industrial Bank of Kuwait. He also worked as Vice-President of the Arab Economists Association, and founded the International Electronics Company in Kuwait and Saudi Arabia.

Al-Shamekh is one of the contributors to funding the Center for Arab Unity Studies and the Arab Organization for Translation, and is also one of the contributors to the establishment of the Arab World Institute in Paris.

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