Muhamasheen in Kuwait

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Introduction / History

The Akhdam are descendants of Ethiopian soldiers in the sixth century who moved into the Middle East intending to conquer. Unsuccessful, they were expelled at the start of the Islamic era in the seventh century. Those who stayed behind became slaves, hence their name, Akhdam. They prefer the name Muhamaseen meaning, "the marginalized ones." The people are shorter and darker than typical Arabs. A study found they were more apt to have sickle-cell anemia than their neighbors. There are Muhamaseen people in Libya, Kuwait and Qatar. Most live in Yemen.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though they are no longer slaves, Akhdam people mostly live in big city slums in fierce poverty and discrimination. Men work as street sweepers, women collect cans and bottles, and beg. Their children seldom get the education they need to rise above this low state.

There is no justice for them, nor education for their children.
What Are Their Beliefs?

Sometimes people who have known only severe poverty cannot see past their circumstances to a better future. Scripture portions are available in their language, as well as gospel films and recordings.

What Are Their Needs?

This poverty-stricken unreached people group needs every kind of practical help: education, medical, job training, etc.

Prayer Points

Few believers are known to exist among Akhdam people. However, please pray for those who will soon come to know and follow Christ. Pray for many to seek and find Almighty God.

Pray for signs and wonders to confirm His Word.

Pray for many Akhdam families to be blessed spiritually and financially as they allow him to transform their community.

Scripture Prayers for the Muhamasheen, Akhdam in Kuwait.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Muhamasheen, Akhdam
People Name in Country Muhamasheen, Akhdam
Natural Name Muhamasheen
Pronunciation moo-ha-mah-SHEEN
Alternate Names Arabized Blacks
Population this Country 67,000
Population all Countries 2,218,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 10380
ROP3 Code 117014
ROP25 Code 300429
ROP25 Name Arabized Black

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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.30 %)
1.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf (67,000 speakers)
Language Code afb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Gulf (67,000 speakers)
Language Code afb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Gulf

Primary Language:  Arabic, Gulf

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2013)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online Arabic Bible Outreach Ministry
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Gulf Spoken Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video 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: Arabic, Gulf YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Arabic, Gulf YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
Photo Source Mathieu Génon - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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