|Sources of Persecution||Islamic Oppression|
|Leader||Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani|
Qatar: Dangers For New Believers.
Public worship for religions other than Islam is not allowed and active missionaries run the risk of being detained or deported. Muslim Background Believers (MBBs) face extreme pressure from their families and peers and are considered apostate. They can legally be given a death sentence. Most new believers discover Jesus while travelling abroad and fear returning home. Locals who become Christians must hide their faith even from family and partners.
Low Violence, High Oppression.
Sharia (Islamic) law controls Qatar. While violence against Christians is quite low, there is high oppression of Christianity. Apart from Saudi Arabia, Qatar is the only other Wahhabi Islamic country in the world, a strictly conservative and puritan version of Islam.
The first Christian house of worship was built in 2008, and since then there has been other churches built around the same area. While this brings some hope for freedom of religion, it can also create a concentrated area for Christians where they can more easily be monitored and controlled.
About 80% of Qatar’s population are migrant labourers and treated as slaves. These migrants have some freedom to practice their faith privately. Outward symbols of faith, like crosses on churches, are illegal. Evangelising to Muslims can result in up to 10 years in prison and deportation.
“We thank God that He gave us the opportunity, despite the great many difficulties, to worship God here in Qatar and we are thankful for new souls getting saved. We pray that God will provide all our needs, that God will reveal Himself to Qataris, show them who He really is, and that we grow in faith and obedience daily.” – Believer, Qatar
Pray for expatriate and MBB Christians to find comforting fellowship with other believers.
Pray for missionaries in the country. Pray that they won't be deported and can continue to share the gospel.
Pray for the government and royal family to allow more openness to other religions and that Christians may worship freely.