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. A century ago Omani Arabs were part of the powerful Omani trading empire, and they ventured to Burundi and Rwanda. These ancestors were very likely slave and ivory traders. Some were salt and cotton merchants. They came, they liked the place, they stayed. They intermarried. They assimilated linguistically.
Commonly the Arabs in Rwanda are merchants and businessmen. For most of the Diaspora Arabs in East Africa, there have been a greater variety of job opportunities. This has greatly aided their living conditions. However, it has also weakened their traditional family ties. There is greater freedom for women to leave the home, fewer arranged marriages, and less social pressure to conform to traditional religious practices.
The historical link between Arabs and the Islamic religion is still very strong. It was early in the seventh century that Mohammed first preached the tenets of Islam to the Arabs. His successors quickly spread the word of Allah far and wide. Wherever Arabs went, they left elements of their Arab culture, including their religion.
Arabs in Rwanda need the opportunity to have a relationship with the only Savior, Jesus Christ. There are fervent Rwandan believers who can reach out to them.
* Scripture Prayers for the Arab in Rwanda.
Pray for Rwandan believers to persevere in outreach to the Arabs among them.
Pray for spiritual discernment and hunger among the Muslim Arabs in Rwanda.
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 Rwanda.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2015-01-14|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2016-01-17|
|People Name General||Arab|
|People Name in Country||Arab|
|Population this Country||2,700|
|Population all Countries||704,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Anglolan Arabs; Baggara; Bedouin Arab; Bosnian Muslims; Chavus; Coast; Coast Arab; Hemat; Iraqi Arab; Lebanese Arab; Levantine Arab; Nawar; Palestinian Arab; Palestinian Arabs; Saudi Arab; Syrian Arab; Syro-Lebanese Arab; अरब|
|Primary Language||Arabic, North Levantine Spoken (2,700 speakers)|
|Language Code||apc Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Arabic, North Levantine Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bibles Online|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||The Story|
|Film / Video||Together Toward Growth|
|Film / Video||Together Toward Growth (EngSub)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible )|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.30 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|