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Qatar

Ranked as the #18 country where Christians face the most persecution 

QUICK FACTS

Leader: Emir Sheikh Tamim Bin Hamad Al-Thani
Government: Republic

Population: 2.3 million (90,000 Christians)
Main Religion: Islam

Persecution Level: Severe
Source of persecution: Islamic extremism

OVERVIEW OF QATAR

QatarChristian converts from a Muslim background and Christian migrant workers continue to be pressured. The state religion is strictly conservative Wahhabi Islam. While Muslims are free to worship in public, non-Muslim religious groups are restricted to private houses or designated places. Proselytizing is outlawed and those who criticize Islam are punished. Conversion from Islam to another religion constitutes apostasy, an offense which carries capital punishment. Qatar is one of the largest financial supporters of Islamic terrorism; it reportedly supports Islamic rebels in war zones.

PRAYER POINTS

  • For migrant workers, many of them Christians from Africa who live in poverty, to keep the faith and be able to worship safely in their homes
  • That the strict government will relax their restrictions on religious freedom for all faiths
  • That Qatar will not continue to fund Islamic terrorism in the Middle East

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