Luwathiya in Oman

The Luwathiya have only been reported in Oman
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Introduction / History

The Luwathiya Persians are also called Luwati. They are the largest Shia Muslim group in Oman. Most of them are supposed to have come from India though they are originally from Iran. They speak the Luwati language, which is similar to Farsi, the language of the Iranians. The only place they live is Oman.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Luwathiya are usually wealthy and live around the capital Muscat. The poorer ones live in a walled section in Matrah and where strangers are not allowed in, and which is the only no-go zone in Oman. Their main mosque is in that location.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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.

There are a few Luwathiya Christians but no church planting.


What Are Their Needs?

The Luwathiya people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Luwathiya in Oman.

Pray for the Luwathiya families to discover and embrace Jesus Christ, the only Savior.

Pray that God will give them dreams and visions leading them to salvation.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Luwathiya people.


References

http://www.worldmap.org/maps/other/profiles/oman/OmanProfile.pdf?PHPSESSID=351146b587965ed92c43843f66d9f910


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-10-26
People Name General Luwathiya
People Name in Country Luwathiya
Pronunciation loo-WAH-tee-uh
Population this Country 46,000
Population all Countries 46,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 0  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Luwati; Luwatiya; Persians
People ID 13163
ROP3 Code 105939
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mostly in Masqat and coastal towns of Saham, Barka, Khabura, and Musana.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Oman
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 36  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Mostly in Masqat and coastal towns of Saham, Barka, Khabura, and Musana..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Map of Luwathiya in Oman
Primary Language Luwati (46,000 speakers)
Language Code luv   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Luwati (46,000 speakers)
Language Code luv   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Luwati

Primary Language:  Luwati

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group location: IMB. Map geography: ESRI / GMI. Map design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more