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Oman

Ranked as the #39 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: Sultan Qaboos bin Said
Government: Absolute monarchy

Population: 4.1 million (35,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Moderate
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF OMAN

OmanLocated at the confluence of the Persian Gulf and Arabian Sea, Oman is one of the few countries with Islam as the state religion, but does not criminalize conversion from Islam to other religions. As Islam is the state religion, legislation is based on Islamic laws. All public school curriculums include instruction in Islam. A Christian convert from a Muslim background (MBB) faces problems under the Personal Status and Family Legal Code, which prohibits a father from having custody over his children if he leaves Islam. Expatriate Christians are relatively free in exercising their freedom of religion. MBBs risk persecution from family and society, and can lose their family, house, and job and can even be killed.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For Muslim Background Believers who face intense persecution after coming to Christ from Islam
  • Praise God that there is some tolerance of Christians, in comparison to some of the neighboring countries
  • That Christian satellite television will have a positive impact in the country

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