WORLD WATCH LIST

Qatar

#18

Leaving Islam can cause legal issues and loss of status, children, or property.

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“Every day, God gives us opportunities to show His love to others.”

– Samuel*, a believer from Qatar

Country
Profile

Region
Middle East
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
2,840,000
Christian population
372,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
Emir Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani
Score
74
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

Local believers face extreme pressure from their Muslim families and community. The country doesn’t officially recognise conversion from Islam, which causes legal troubles and loss of status, child custody, and property.

However, most Christians in Qatar are foreigners who tend to be migrant workers. Foreign churches are often monitored by the government and limited to specific areas. Both indigenous and migrant converts risk discrimination, harassment, and police surveillance for their faith.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

The risks faced by Christians, especially converts from Islam to Christianity, depend on the person’s national origin. Native Qatari converts are the most vulnerable to danger, while foreign Christians may be somewhat freer to worship, as long as they do so in ways the government can tolerate.

Violence against Christians has risen sharply in the last year, causing Qatar to rise 11 ranks on the World Watch List. Those who have left Islam to follow Jesus risk physical violence, or in the most extreme cases, honour killings.

PRAY FOR QATAR

– Pray that local believers who must follow Jesus in secrecy will know they are not alone.

– Pray for migrant Christians and ask that they would have courage to share the gospel.

– Pray that the monarchy would open their hearts to the truth of Jesus’ love and grace.

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