Sudan obtained its independence from Britain and Egypt in 1956. Unfortunately, since that time Sudan has experienced a series of civil wars, revolutions, ethnic cleansings, genocides, droughts, famines, and wars with surrounding African countries. As a result, many Sudanese Arabs have left their homeland in search of a better life. Some Sudanese left Sudan and came to live in the oil rich, small Persian Gulf nation of Qatar. Starting in the eighth century over a period of one thousand years, the inhabitants of northern and central Sudan gradually became Muslims. This Arabization of the population took place by military conquest and trade. The various ethno-linguistic groups of Sudan adopted Arabic as their first language and converted to Islam. These peoples make up the Sudanese Arabs of today. The New Testament, JESUS Film, and radio programs are available in Sudanese Arabic.
The lives of the Sudanese Arabs depend upon their level of education. The income of Qatari citizens is one of the highest ones in the world. The majority of people living in Qatar are foreign workers. Sudanese Arabs who can speak English and can read and write Arabic enjoy relatively prosperous lifestyle. They work as middle managers in the oil, tourist, construction, chemical and manufacturing industries. They are not allowed to become Qatari citizens even though they have lived in Qatar for a generation. A prosperous Sudanese man might be able to bring his family to Qatar if he pays money to the right people. Uneducated Sudanese take any job they can find, jobs that Qatari feel are below them. Sudanese often send most of their paychecks back to Sudan to help support their families. A dozen men might live in the same, small apartment. Due to the constant disruptions in the Sudanese economy, many families can only live through the remittances from relatives who work abroad.
Almost all Sudanese Arabs are Muslims, mostly Sunnis. Sudanese Islam is often mixed with folk religion and a belief in natural spirits. Sunnis 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.
Life is hard for most Sudanese men living in Qatar. Most are separated from their wives and children. They might be able to visit their families once or twice a year. These men may become more open to the gospel without the comfort of their families. Evangelizing Muslims is illegal in Qatar. Christians could provide medical teams and literacy training for the Sudanese working in Qatar.
* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Sudanese in Qatar.
Ask God to bring a just peace to Sudan.
Ask the Lord to call out prayer teams to break up the soil in Sudan and Qatar through worship and intercession.
Pray that the tiny group of Sudanese believers would be strengthened in the faith and share the good news with their families. Pray that the Holy Spirit will anoint Christian TV and radio broadcasts as they are aired among the Sudanese Arabs.
Ask the Lord to raise up a strong church planting movement among the Sudanese Arabs in Qatar for the glory of His name.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Arab, Sudanese|
|People Name in Country||Arab, Sudanese|
|Natural Name||Sudanese Arab|
|Population this Country||57,000|
|Population all Countries||17,548,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Arabic, Sudanese Spoken; Sudanese; Sudanese Arab|
|Region||Africa, North and Middle East|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||18 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Sudanese Spoken (57,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||apd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Arabic, Sudanese Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1978-2005)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bible Online|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Sudanese Spoken|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.80 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|