Flag of Bahrain Rank: 41
Score: 48/100
2013 Rank: 35
Leader: King Sheikh Hamad
Government: Constitutional Monarchy
Main Religion: 1.4 million (65,000 Christians)
Population: 1.4 million (65,000 Christians)
Source of persecution: Totalitarian paranoia

Christian Persecution in BahrainThe Bahraini constitution declares that the religion of the State is Islam, and Sharia (Islamic law) is a principal source for legislation. This mainly Shia-Islamic country is quite tolerant in general because of its international position in banking and trade. A considerable number of expatriate Christians (mainly from South Asia) work and live in Bahrain, and are relatively free to practice their faith in private places of worship, but proselytizing Muslims is illegal. Christian converts from a Muslim background (MBBs) are under considerably more pressure than the few historical Christian communities and expat communities. Traditionally, society is not tolerant towards converts from Islam to other religious groups. Pressure is highest in the private, family and community spheres for MBBs, though government also imposes restrictions on national and church life.


  • For MBBs who are still considered Muslims by the state. Pray for them to be able to grow in their faith in spite of the restrictions they face.
  • Proselytizing Muslims is illegal. Pray for Christians to find ways to share the gospel.
  • Many converts face persecution from family members. Pray for them to stand strong.

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  • Amy

    Lord, this morning I come to You to lift up the nation of Bahrain. I pray for all of the believers in that nation firstly. I pray that they would see the dark land that they have been placed in, and that they would purpose themselves to be a light for You in that place as much as they are able to. I pray that You would grant them wisdom in who to speak to and who to pray for and where to go so that those who don’t know You and haven’t heard of You will have that opportunity. I pray that You would protect them from danger and harm as they go out and minister, and that again You would help them to make the most of every opportunity.
    I pray for the secret Mslm believers in the nation who are not able to publicly announce their conversion. That’s such a tough situation and only You are able to grant the wisdom needed for each person to let them know whether or not to share and with whom. For those who are truly not able to share publicly, I pray that You would provide for their every need and that You would bring comfort and fellowship by Your Holy Spirit since they are not able to fellowship with others. I pray that You would allow them to still be a light for You even if they cannot speak Your name directly to others.
    I pray for the distribution of Bibles in Bahrain – especially since it is not illegal to do so! I pray that those in the nation would prioritize the spread of Your Word and that they would get Bibles into the hands of as many people as possible. I pray that Arabic literature and Bibles would be widespread in this nation and that You would anoint the reading of Your Word so that those who do not know You would come to know You through that Word! I pray these things in Jesus’ name, amen.

  • Sherry

    Lord, we do pray for wisdom, boldness, and protection for our Christian brothers and sisters in Bahrain and for courage for those whose conversion if secret. Please shine the light of the glorious Christ who is the image of God into Bahrain. I pray they would turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God. Please let the gospel have free reign in this country. In the name of Jesus Christ, amen.

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