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Region   Middle East
Population   2 792 000
Christian Population   367 000 (13.1%)
Main Religion   Islam
2021 Ranking   29
2020 Ranking   27

29Qatar

Life for Christians in Qatar can look very different depending on what type of Christian you are. There are two general categories: Christian foreigners, most of whom are migrant workers, and Christians who have converted from Islam.

Foreign workers who are Christians are much freer to worship. For instance, the government has allowed large worship events in the past. Even for these followers of Jesus, however, any evangelism to Muslims is strictly forbidden and can lead to deportation. Additionally, many migrant workers (of any faith) are mistreated and abused—Christian migrant workers may be doubly targeted for this type of abuse because of their job and their faith. And even though the government provides land for migrant Christians to build churches, churches are often monitored and kept to specific areas.

Muslims who convert to Christianity face much more significant persecution. Local Qatari converts face very high pressure from their Muslim families. Both indigenous and migrant converts risk discrimination, harassment and police monitoring. Moreover, conversion from Islam to another faith is not officially recognized and is likely to lead to legal problems in personal status and property matters.

Meet Samuel*

“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.”

*Name changed for security reasons

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Pray for Qatar

  • Pray that God will work powerfully in Qatar. We hardly hear of any locals who come to faith. Ask that God’s people will be brought into contact with those willing to hear the Gospel.
  • Pray that migrant workers are protected from the abuse and discrimination of their employers and not additionally targeted for their faith in Jesus.
  • Pray for secret Christians in Qatar who have accepted Jesus but cannot be open about their new faith. Pray their family and community would allow them to worship freely, and the surrounding society would embrace an openness to other faiths besides Islam.

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