The rise of the seven Hausa states of northern Nigeria occurred between 500 and 700 A.D. The history of the area is intricately tied to Islam and the Fulani who wrested political power from the Hausa in the early 1800s through a series of holy wars. There was an Islamic presence in Hausaland as early as the 11th century. In the early days the number of individuals who accepted Islam was small, and Islam was usually practiced along with traditional Hausa religious beliefs. It was not until the early 1800s that the Fulani began to put pressure on the Hausa to undergo large scale conversion.
There is much mistrust and hostility between the Muslim tribes of northern Nigeria and the more generally Christian tribes to the south.
The many followers of Jesus in southern Nigeria may find ways to more effectively carry the good news of Christ to their Hausa neighbors to the north. Pray they will be able to overcome tribal hostilities.
Pray for the few followers of Christ among the Hausa to become effective and fruitful in sharing and discussing Bible stories with their own and other families.
Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Hausa families and communities. Pray that the Lord will give Hausa families teachable and understanding hearts. Pray also for peace in northern Nigeria.
"The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest." Matthew 9:37-38