The Hazaras in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) are originally from central Afghanistan, and their Asian facial features and Shi'ite form of Islam makes them stand out in both countries. Persecution has shaped and defined the Hazaras in Afghanistan, particularly over the last 200 years. More than half were massacred in 1893. In recent decades they have been physically attacked and denied political power, though they are among the largest minorities in Afghanistan. Under these circumstances, many have fled to places like the UAE. Most of the people of the UAE are non-citizens, including the Hazaras. Hazaras in the UAE are from many walks of life. Some are unskilled workers, while others have high-paying jobs. There are many notable Hazaras who are well educated.
The Hazaras are Shi'ite Muslims in a Sunni Muslim land, the UAE. Though this country has more religious tolerance than others in the Persian Gulf region, it would be difficult to evangelize the Hazara people without running into obstacles from Muslims.
Radio broadcasts and mailed gospel materials might work in an environment where the gospel must come under the radar screen.
"So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily." Acts 19:20
Pray that the word of the Lord spreads and prevails in this people group.
There are no followers of Christ among the Hazaras in the UAE. Pray for the Holy Spirit to soon change this situation. Pray for the Hazaras to find safe refuge and good jobs in the UAE. Pray for the Hazaras in the UAE to have the chance to hear about Jesus and respond to His invitation to become part of the Kingdom of God. Pray for a church planting movement among the Hazaras in the UAE.
|Country||United Arab Emirates|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|