WHO IS THE LEADER OF QATAR?
The leader of Qatar is Emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani, who took over from his father in June 2013.
HOW MANY CHRISTIANS LIVE IN QATAR?
There are currently 220,000 Christians in Qatar – the majority of these are expatriates. They make up 8.2 per cent of the population.
WHY ARE CHRISTIANS PERSECUTED IN QATAR?
The state religion is a conservative form of Islam, and nearly all Qatari citizens are by definition Sunni or Shia Muslims; leaving Islam is illegal.
WHAT IS LIFE LIKE FOR CHRISTIANS IN QATAR?
Qatar is an absolute monarchy, and Christians experience persecution at all levels of society: the government, the local community and even family can be dangerous for Christians, especially for converts from Islam to Christianity.
There are currently many Christian migrant workers in Qatar helping the country to prepare for the 2022 FIFA World Cup; they live and work in poor conditions, but despite this, these Christian communities are growing.
Pastor Samuel* is a 30-year-old Filipino migrant worker who works a low paying job 11 hours a day, and carries out his ministry in the evenings. He says, "In this Muslim country we are limited in evangelising too openly. But nobody can stop us from talking to our fellow workers and witnessing to them in our everyday lives. Every day God gives us opportunities to show His love to others."
Simon*, a Sri Lankan working in Qatar, says, "I would never have expected to become Christian in such a strict Muslim country. But it happened." He became a Christian after meeting a group of Christian workers.
*names changed for security reasons
"Many of those we have encountered in Qatar testified that they came to the country for the opportunity to earn more, but God had a greater plan."
- Pastor Samuel, who is seeing his fellow migrant workers come to faith
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.
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You can tell others
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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 QATAR
Father God, please be with our brothers and sisters in Qatar who are following You in secret today. Give them safe ways to find fellowship with others. Please strengthen believers who have moved to there to find work, and migrants who have found faith in You in Qatar. Protect our brothers and sisters there, and let them know Your love and presence with them today.