In Iran, it is good to have Moqaddam as your surname. It is associated with prominent Iranian families, who have leaders and scholars as ancestors. Their name means "leader" or "chief." Moqaddam can also be a title for a local leader. They speak South Azerbaijani.
Like their ancestors, today’s Moqaddam people hold positions of religious leadership in Iran.
This small group is solidly Shia Muslim. Shia practices tend toward the ecstatic. They affirm human free will, and they differ with the Sunni Muslims in matters of law and ceremony. Unlike the Sunnis, Shias believe that Mohammad's successor should be someone in his bloodline, namely Ali. Because some of their leaders have faced violent, martyr’s death, Shias understand that a righteous man can be killed by the unrighteous. For this reason, Christ’s death on a Roman cross isn’t as foreign to them as it is to Sunnis. Only about 15 percent of the world’s Muslims are Shia; most of the rest are Sunni.
To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.
The Moqaddam people need to put their hope and faith in Jesus Christ rather than a religious system.
Pray for Moqaddam culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among their family and community leaders to seek his face and enjoy his blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Moqaddam people.
Pray that soon the Moqaddam people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the savior.
Scripture Prayers for the Moqaddam in Iran.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Moqaddam|
|People Name in Country||Moqaddam|
|Population this Country||1,400|
|Population all Countries||1,400|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Persecution Rank||8 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Widespread, especially north and central. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Azerbaijani, South (1,400 speakers)|
|Language Code||azb Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||7465 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Azerbaijani, South
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|FCBH NT (www.bible.is)||Online|
|YouVersion NT (www.bible.com)||Online|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Azerbaijani, South||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Azerbaijani, South||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app from Google Play Store||Faith Comes by Hearing|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Azerbaijani, South||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Azeri Scripture Resources||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Comic Book Version||Super Bible / Comic Bible Society|
|Text / Printed Matter||Download scripture in this language||eBible.org|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|