Arab in Comoros

Main Language
Largest Religion
Islam (Sunni)
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Comoro Islands have been given the unfortunate nickname of the "coup, coup islands." The name comes from the many military coups that the island nation has experienced since its independence from France in 1975. One of the four major islands of the Comoros, Mayotte, voted to remain a French protectorate. The Comoros have been a stop on the trade routes between Africa and Asia for over six centuries. Some Arab merchants and sailors decided to stay in the Comoros and married local women. The primary language of the Arabs is Comorian Maore. They also may speak Arabic. They can communicate with their relatives and read the Koran. Educated Arabs speak French and English. The JESUS Film is available in Maore.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Arabs in the Comoros fit into the middle class as shop and restaurant owners. Fishing is the livelihood of many. Some Arabs are wealthy landowners of spice plantations. The main source of income for the islands is the growing of the plants that give us vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, pepper, and nutmeg. The ylang ylang plant yields an expensive oil used in perfume making and an herbal medicine. 

What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam is the official religion of the Comoros. The population was converted to Islam by Arab traders and missionaries in the 15th and 16th centuries. The Comorian people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. Sunnis believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. The Islam of the many Comorians is mixed with folk religion and animism. The majority of the Comorians have never heard a clear presentation of the gospel. There are few if any believers among the Comorian Arabs.

What Are Their Needs?

The most pressing need of the Comorians is to hear and understand the good news about Jesus Christ. Another great need is for a just, stable government. The people would benefit from medical and education teams of believers coming to the islands.  

Prayer Points

Pray the Christian radio and TV programs become available in the Comorian languages. Pray that the softening of the Arabs' hearts that will create open doors for the gospel to be preached among them. Pray that the JESUS Film is given a wide showing in the islands. Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Comorian Arabs.

Scripture Prayers for the Arab in Comoros.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab
People Name in Country Arab
Pronunciation AE-rub
Alternate Names Anglolan Arabs; Baggara; Bedouin Arab; Bosnian Muslims; Chavus; Coast; Coast Arab; Hemat; Iraqi Arab; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arab; Nawar; Palestinian Arab; Palestinian Arabs; Saudi Arab; Syrian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab; अरब
Population this Country 900
Population all Countries 769,000
Total Countries 31
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10375
ROP3 Code 100425
ROP25 Code 300393
ROP25 Name Arab
Country Comoros
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread   Source:  Ethnologue 2010
Country Comoros
Region Africa, East and Southern
Continent Africa
10/40 Window No
Persecution Rank 45  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread.   Source:  Ethnologue 2010

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Primary Religion: Islam (Sunni)
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Comorian, Maore (900 speakers)
Language Code swb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Comorian, Maore (900 speakers)
Language Code swb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Comorian, Maore

Primary Language:  Comorian, Maore

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1983)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1994-2021)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Comorian, Maore Jesus Film Project
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Comorian, Maore YouVersion Bibles
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