Arab in Somalia

Arab
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Map Source:  Ethnic Peoples of Somalia
People Name: Arab
Country: Somalia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 6,500
World Population: 703,600
Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 3.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.50 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: No
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab, Arabian
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

Who is an Arab? Arabs' physical, geographical, and religious aspects vary greatly, but the ability to speak Arabic and identification with the Arabic culture are probably the two most essential elements. Arabs are a diverse people who live all over the world, including Somalia. Many are from Egypt, the largest Arabic speaking country in the world. Historically, there were Arabs who migrated to Somalia centuries ago. Ethnically they were from Kush and Egypt. Some Arabs came to Somalia to spread Islam and married Somali women.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of them are involved in commerce, and they are noted for being good businessmen. Others are successful professionals or educators. Most are fluent in both Somali and Arabic.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there are a small number of traditional Christians among them, most of the Arab inhabitants are faithful Sunni Muslims. Arabs converted the Somalis to Islam in the 14th century, and today both ethnic groups remain Sunni Muslim. To Arab Muslims in Somalia, Islam offers the only way to live.

What Are Their Needs?

Arabs in Somalia need the opportunity to have a relationship with the only Savior, Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points

Pray for fervent East African believers to reach out to the Arab Muslims.
Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Muslim Arabs in Somalia.
Pray for Arabs to have dreams of Jesus that will lead them to the cross.
Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to flourish among Arabs in Somalia.

Text Source:   Joshua Project