Hazara in United Arab Emirates

Unreached of the Day  10/18/2021

Hazara in United Arab Emirates

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.

Ministry Obstacles

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.

Outreach Ideas

Radio broadcasts and mailed gospel materials might work in an environment where the gospel must come under the radar screen.

Scripture Focus

"So the word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily."  Acts 19:20

Scripture Prayer

Pray that the word of the Lord spreads and prevails in this people group.

Prayer Focus

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.

People Name Hazara
Country United Arab Emirates
10/40 Window Yes
Population 101,000
World Population 4,753,700
Language Hazaragi
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image