The 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.