Shifting Sands in QatarFor Tuesday, 18 September, Ramadan 2007. "Loving Muslims Through Prayer"
We can give thanks for much that has happened in Qatar since we last prayed for it through "30 Days" in 1998. For example, in May 2005 representatives of several Christian churches signed an agreement with the Government of Qatar for a 50-year lease on a large piece of property in the capital of Doha. Also the new constitution explicitly provides for freedom of worship, association and public assembly, though there are some restrictions.
Qatar may be best known around the world today as the home of Al-Jazeera, the controversial Arabic-language satellite television news channel. Oil was discovered in Qatar in 1939. Today Qatar is highly influenced by the Wahhabi, who believe their role as a movement is to restore Islam from what they perceive to be innovations, superstitions, deviances, heresies and idolatries. It is a Sunni movement very opposed to Shi'a tendencies.
* The Al-Thani family has ruled Qatar since the mid-1800’s. Pray that the leading members of the family would know how to wisely lead the nation. The Emir has 3 wives and 15 children.
* Pray for the church building project. There have been delays and some Muslim media have complained about the project.
* Pray that nominalism, immoral and unspiritual behaviour would be greatly reduced in the Christian community. It is the only way that believers may gain respect from the Muslims and bring real change to the nation.
* Some Qataris and foreign workers are discovering Christ through the media and contacts with local believers. Pray for those who are discovering the risen Messiah as they grow in their faith.
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Qatar is 90+% Muslim
Population about 900,000 people
(possibly 200,000 are citizens)
+ Google Map Link: Doha, Qatar which used to be
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