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Morocco Facts

Score: 63/ 100
Region: Africa
Persecution Type: Islamic Oppression
Persecution Level: Very High
Population: 36,192,000
Christians: 31,400
Main Religion:
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Leader: King Mohammed VI

Profile of Persecution

Violence 9%
Church Life 86%
National Life 72%
Community Life 58%
Family Life 80%
Private Life 73%

An incomplete tolerance

Although Morocco is considered to be relatively tolerant, Christians suffer persecution from both the state and society. The state imposes acts of Christian persecution through restrictions on believers, such as confiscation of Christian materials written in Arabic; restrictions on evangelization; and difficulty securing places of worship for believers from a Muslim background. Radical Muslims within the general populace also put pressure on Christians. In rural areas, pressure from family and community can also be considerable.

How Christians are suffering

A recurring problem for Christians who are open about their faith relates to Article 220 of the Moroccan Penal Code, which criminalizes “shaking the faith” of a Muslim. This law puts many Christians who talk to others about their faith at risk of criminal prosecution and arrest. Advocates for Christians’ rights have also been targeted for violent attack by Islamic militants. While the law only punishes proselytization, converts to Christianity can be punished in other ways, such as loss of inheritance rights and custody of their children.

Examples

During the World Watch List 2019 reporting period, converts from Islam to Christianity have been detained and questioned by the security services about their possession of Bibles as well as their contacts with foreign Christians.

Converts from a Muslim background are often the victim of physical or even sexual abuse at the hands of members of their extended family.

At least one female convert has been forced to marry a Muslim man.

In April 2018, a British Pentecostal pastor was refused entry into the country. Colin Dye is known as a teacher on the Arabic TV channel “Kingdom Sat.”

Pray for Morocco

  • Pray for an openness for Christians to be able to practice their faith in peace, even if they are from a Muslim background.
  • Pray for Christians who have difficulty finding a church building, that they would not be discouraged or lose their zeal for their church community.
  • Pray for protection and peace for Christians who converted from Islam, that they would not suffer the loss of loved ones or of status because of their faith. And pray that if they do suffer such losses, they will feel the presence and joy of God regardless of the circumstances.
  • Pray that tolerance and peace would increase in Morocco.

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