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#20 in Christian persecution, Quatar

Discussion in 'Persecuted Christians' started by LoricaLady, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. LoricaLady

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    Qatar
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    • Leader: Emir Sheikh Tamim
    • Population: 2.3 million (210,000 Christians)
    • Main Religion: Islam
    • Government: Republic
    • World Watch List Rank: 20
    • Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism

    Under Qatar's strict Wahabi Islam, converting from Islam to any other religion carries the death penalty.

    Seen as apostates, Christian believers from a Muslim background (BMBs) are at serious risk if they openly practise their faith. Outward symbols of Christianity are banned, as is evangelism. Around 80 per cent of the population are migrant workers, predominantly from poorer countries. Though expat or migrant Christians are granted some freedom to worship, if caught evangelising to Muslims, they could be arrested and deported.

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    Persecution in Qatar
    Nearly all Qatari citizens are by definition Sunni or Shia Muslims, and the state religion is the strict Wahhabi version of Islam.

    Qatar's government, made wealthy through the country's gas and oil reserves, exports fundamentalist Islam by financing Islamic militant groups reportedly in Iraq, Syria and Mali - some responsible for pressurising and persecuting Christians - and funding the building of Mosques in Europe and Africa.

    Christians within the country face many restrictions. Only Muslims are allowed to worship in public. Evangelising to Muslims is forbidden, and converting from Islam to another religion carries the death sentence, although there is no record of such a sentence being carried out since the country gained independence in 1971.

    Qatari citizens are vastly outnumbered by migrant workers - only 20 per cent of the population is Qatari. Migrant workers are treated almost like slaves; they face overcrowded and unsanitary living conditions in 'labour camps', violence and sexual abuse, and are frequently underpaid. Being a Christian can add to their vulnerability, and they are often under pressure to convert to Islam. However, there are a few Christian complexes in the desert where Christians are allowed to worship.

    Muslims who choose to become Christians must keep their belief a secret; they risk being ostracised by their families and communities, physical violence or even honour killing if their faith is discovered. It is a great disgrace for a family if one of their members leaves Islam. Almost all Qatari believers become Christians abroad and usually do not return to Qatar out of fear.

    However, the number of migrant Christians is growing; let's pray that the same will be true of Qatari believers, even if their faith is only known to them and God.

    Please Pray
    • Migrant workers are often treated as slaves. Pray that Christian migrant workers will be able to show the love of Christ to their employers
    • That Christian converts would have boldness and discernment to share their faith with Muslim family members
    • That BMBs would find ways to be discipled and have fellowship with other believers.

    KEEP HOPE ALIVE. PRAY. SPEAK OUT.

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  2. DennisTate

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    I admit that I may be lukewarm and Laodicean but........
    there are a number of verses in the Koran that could be used to greatly increase cooperation...... and decrease persecution between Muslims and Christians.

    The concept of hierarchy of scripture needs to be better understood by both Christians and Muslims.......

    John 13:35

    “By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.”

    When Christians, Jews and Muslims.... begin to love and cooperate with each other.......
    Extreme skepticism and Atheism will take a serious hit......
     
  3. DennisTate

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    Here is the writing that introduced me to these verses:

    God's Peace Plan

     
  4. LoricaLady

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    The Quran asks Allah to destroy Chrisitians and Jews. That's exactly what the majority of these posts is about. All around the world that directive is being followed very seriously and way too often.
     
  5. DennisTate

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    True.... but there are many Muslims who may wonder if these Sura's quoted in post #4 should be used as foundational............
    for the rest of their scriptures?
     
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