Oman

World Watch Ranking: 36

How many Christians are there in Oman?

There are 190,000 Christians in Oman. They make up a tiny minority – just 3.6 per cent of the total population.

What does persecution look like in Oman?

Like other countries on the Arabian Peninsula, the experience of Christians in Oman may vary depending on their status and nationality. Omani nationals who convert from Islam to Christianity encounter the highest levels of pressure from both their families and their surrounding society. Omani believers may be kicked out of their family homes and lose their jobs. They can lose custody of their children and be stripped of their inheritance.

Foreign Muslims (mostly migrant workers) who convert to Christianity usually experience the same pressure they would in their home countries—so for some converts, it can mean immense persecution, while others experience relative freedom. Meanwhile, expatriate Christian communities are mostly tolerated, but church facilities are restricted and Christian meetings are monitored to record any political statements—and to see if any Omani nationals are attending. All religious organizations must be registered with the authorities.

Who is most vulnerable to persecution?

Omani society is still very tribal. Converts to Christianity from Islam are viewed as traitors to their families and to their tribes. This reality is more stark in rural areas, while in urban areas some converts can live more anonymously.

What has changed compared to last year?

Oman rose eight spots on this year's World Watch List. Christians, especially converts from Islam to Christianity, came under higher pressure after the Omani government intensified its monitoring of Christians and their activities. Additionally, violence rose in Oman as several Christians were forced to leave the country. Life for any Muslim convert in Oman is likely to be extremely difficult.

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Oman?

Open Doors supports the Body of Christ on the Arabian Peninsula through organizing prayer, distributing Scripture resources and training of believers and pastors. Detailed information on these programs is not made public, in order to protect the people involved.

 How can you pray for Oman?

  • Pray for expatriate and migrant worker believers, that they would be able to find a community of faith and would know they aren't alone, even if they are converts from Islam or another faith.
  • Ask God to change the hearts of the Sultan and the other leaders of Oman. We know God can do anything, including reaching the powerful leader of Oman with the hope of the gospel.
  • When an Omani Muslim finds Jesus, it could cost him or her everything. Ask God to bless these converts, preserve their safety and to bring other believers into their paths that will help them grow in faith.
a PRAYer for Oman

Dear Lord, we praise You for our brothers and sisters in Oman. We ask You to protect and strengthen them and grow Your church in Oman—that it would be a light for You around the entire peninsula. We ask that You would help and comfort Christians in Oman who are lonely, or who are at great risk for their faith. Please, be with them now. In Jesus' name, Amen.


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Persecution Level

Very High


Persecution Type
  • Islamic oppression
  • Clan oppression
  • Dictatorial paranoia
Population of Christians
190,000 (3.6%)

Main Religion
Islam

Government
Absolute Monarchy

Leader
Sultan and Prime Minister Haitham bin Tariq Al-Said