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Qatar

RegionMiddle East
Sources of PersecutionIslamic Oppression
Population2,338,000
Christian Population211,000
ReligionsIslam
GovernmentAbsolute Monarchy
LeaderEmir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani
Score63/100

Qatar

Qatar: Islam Only.
In Qatar, there is no acceptable faith other than Islam. Every aspect of society is dictated by Sharia (Islamic) law. Converting to Christianity is forbidden. Many people who choose to become a Christian do so outside of the country. In Qatar, they must adhere to public dress codes, cannot drink alcohol or say anything against Islam. 

Secret Churches Flourish.
Many migrant workers in Qatar live in poor conditions. They’re bound to their employers.  Christians are especially vulnerable to mistreatment and exploitation. Foreigners are only allowed to worship in a designated place outside of the capital. If they’re caught sharing the gospel with Muslims, they will be prosecuted and banished from the country.

There are only six legal churches in Qatar and other unregistered congregations. Displaying a cross on their church building is illegal. Christians can be arrested for eating and drinking in public during Ramadan. However secret Christian communities are growing and the gospel is spreading.

“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 Qatar

Pray for Christian migrant workers to respond with love and forgiveness towards those who are cruel to them. 

Pray for wisdom for new Christians as they share their faith with Muslim family members. 

Pray for God to draw many Qataris to Christ, using whatever mediums available in the country.

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