WHO IS THE LEADER OF OMAN?
Sultan Qaboos bin Said al Said is the leader of Oman.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN Oman?
198,000 Christians live in Oman, making up just over four per cent of the total population of 4.8 million. Most of them are migrant workers.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN OMAN?
Oman is an absolute monarchy, and the government expects obedience from its citizens - they are kept under strict surveillance. Islam is the state religion and legislation is based mainly on Islamic law. Leaving Islam is seen as a betrayal to the tribe and family.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN OMAN?
Believers from Muslim backgrounds experience unwavering pressure to return to Islam, or complete abandonment by their community. The means are non-violent but effective: believers can lose family, homes and jobs. In this highly conservative society, it is especially difficult for Muslim women to choose to follow Christ.
Christian migrants are able to meet together to worship, but their meetings are monitored. It is illegal for them to share their faith with Muslims.
HOW CAN I HELP CHRISTIANS IN THE ARABIAN PENINSULA?
You can give to provide vital support
Open Doors supports the body of Christ on the Gulf through organising prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training believers and pastors.
Give to support believers in the region.
You can SPEAK OUT
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You can pray
Brother Andrew, the founder of Open Doors, says, “Our prayers can go where we cannot... There are no borders, no prison walls, no doors that are closed to us when we pray.”
A PRAYER FOR OMAN
God in heaven, pour out Your Spirit on our brothers and sisters in Oman. Preserve the continued peace and stability of their nation. Strengthen those who feel alone and fearful, especially Christian women who are vulnerable. Give wisdom and love to new Christians, that they may be able to share You with their families and communities. May Your Spirit’s power bring increased freedom for churches and individuals to express their allegiance to You.