Hijazi Arab in Qatar


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Introduction / History

Saudi Arabia is home to a number of different Arab groups. The Hijazi Arabs (more commonly known as the Saudi Arabs) form the majority of the local Saudi Arabian population and live predominantly along the Red Sea coast and in the major urban areas. They speak a language called Arabiya, or, as it is more commonly called, Hijazi Arabic.
The Arab culture was developed by tribes of nomads and villagers who lived in the Arabian Desert. From there, Arab migrations spread throughout the Middle East and northern Africa, leading to the expansion of the Arab world.
Though most of the Hijazi speakers are in Saudi Arabia, some are in Qatar, one of the smaller gulf countries.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Hijazi Arabic speakers in Qatar live and work in the urban centers, especially Doha. In accordance with their Muslim religion, Gulf Arab peoples like the Hijazi speakers only marry within a small social circle. Inheritance is patrilineal (passed down from fathers to their sons). Like other Gulf Arabs, their clothing is designed for the harsh desert climate. It is made of lightweight, light-colored fabric and is also loose-fitting, allowing for the circulation of air.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Hijazi Arabs are virtually all Sunni Muslims, but within Sunni Islam there are a variety of smaller sects. The founding of Islam in the seventh century profoundly altered the course of the history in the Arabian Peninsula where both Saudi Arabia and Qatar lie.


What Are Their Needs?

Few of the Hijazi Arabs in either Saudi Arabia or Qatar have accepted Jesus as their Savior. A profession of faith in Jesus will most likely cost a person his family, his honor, his job, or even his life. Evangelization of this group will be challenging, due to the nature of their lifestyle and belief system. It will take much prayer to break down the spiritual strongholds that have kept them away from the blessings of Jesus Christ for hundreds of years.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Arab, Saudi - Hijazi in Qatar.

Pray that the gospel message will become widely available to the Hijazi Arabic speakers. There are gospel recordings in their language.
Pray that this people group will crave pure spiritual milk and find it in the gospel. Pray for Hijazi Arab leaders to have dreams of the risen and victorious Christ, who came to forgive us of sin and free us from the work of Satan.
Pray for a movement to Christ among the Hijazi Arabs that will last for generations to come.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arab, Saudi - Hijazi
People Name in Country Arab, Saudi - Hijazi
Natural Name Hijazi Arab
Pronunciation hee-JAH-zee
Population this Country 28,000
Population all Countries 11,295,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ad-Mu'allin; African-Arabian Arab; Hijazi Arab; Saudi Arab
People ID 14784
ROP3 Code 108748
Country Qatar
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Qatar
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Primary Language Arabic, Hijazi Spoken
Language Code acw   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Hijazi Spoken
Language Code acw   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Hijazi Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Hijazi Spoken

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.00 %
Non-Religious
1.00 %
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)
Tribes of the World - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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