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12_Saudi Arabia


Region Arabian Peninsula
Leader King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
Population 32 743 000
Christian 4.3%
Main Religion Islam
Government Absolute Monarchy
Rank 12
Score 79
Previous Rank 14
Previous Score 76

“This is how God continues to bless the Church in this closed nation.”

The prophet Mohamed came from Saudi Arabia and today thousands of pilgrims flock to Mecca to complete the Hajj (a religious ritual required of all Muslims). All expressions of religion other than Islam are forbidden in Saudi Arabia. Despite this, the number of Christian converts from Islam is increasing, along with their boldness in sharing their new faith.

Church buildings are completely prohibited in Saudi Arabia, which is an indication of the level to which both public and private life are defined by Islam. When it comes to persecution, it’s especially the migrant Christians, from low-income countries, who are affected and treated badly because of their ethnicity and economic status in society. Saudi Christian converts risk fierce persecution from family, society and government. They must live out their new faith in deepest secrecy.

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