The Bahraini Arabs believe their ancestry goes back to Ishmael, the son of Abraham, and his wife's maid, Hagar. They are the largest people group in Bahrain, which includes over 30 desert islands in the heart of the Persian Gulf. Some of them have migrated to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), another small nation on the Arabian Peninsula where the local people are solidly Muslim.
Bahraini Arabs have seen the excesses of Western “Christian” culture, and they want to distance themselves from it.
Television and radio programs in their dialect of Arabic could serve to reach them about Christ. By being kind and sensitive we can slowly improve the Bahrainis’ view of Jesus’ followers.
With only a tiny percent of them being followers of Christ, we must pray for them to stay strong and to live their lives for Jesus. Pray for the Bahrainis to have open hearts to the teachings of Christ and easy access to the JESUS Film.
Pray for them to live fulfilling lives and to have all physical and spiritual needs met.
Pray that the UAE will be an incubator for a Bahraini movement to Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Bahraini in Oman.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Arab, Bahraini|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Bahraini|
|Natural Name||Bahraini Arabs|
|Population this Country||19,000|
|Population all Countries||901,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Arabic, Baharna Spoken; Bahraini Arab|
|Region||Africa, North and Middle East|
|Persecution Rank||44 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Az Zahirah and Al Batinah governorates. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Baharna Spoken (19,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||abv Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 1.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|