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Oman

#36

Christians can lose their home, job, inheritance, or family.

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“Believers might be mocked, or the family will find other ways to shame the believers.”

– Daniel*, a believer from the Arabian Peninsula

Country
Profile

Region
Middle East
Sources of persecution
Islamic Oppression
Population
5,270,000
Christian population
190,000
Religions
Islam
Leader
Sultan and Prime Minister Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said
Score
66
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What Does Persecution Look Like?

In Oman, to leave Islam is viewed as a betrayal and a dishonour to family and relatives, who attempt to bring the believer back to their former faith. Muslim spouses threaten to divorce Christians and take their children away.

Christians are kicked out of home, lose their jobs, and are stripped of their inheritance. They are often targets of violence and are increasingly monitored by local authorities.

Who Is Most Vulnerable To Persecution?

Any believer from a Muslim background in Oman is likely to find following Jesus extremely difficult. Particularly in rural areas, Christians who leave Islam to follow Jesus are seen as traitors to their community.

Converts are increasingly persecuted as the Omani government has intensified its monitoring of Christians and their activities. On top of this, violence has recently risen with several believers forced to leave the country.

PRAY FOR OMAN

– Pray that God will bless new believers from Muslim backgrounds and strengthen their faith.

– Ask God to change the hearts of the Sultan and other political leaders. Pray that they will know Him.

– Pray that the hearts of the families and loved ones who persecute Christians are softened.

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