Shirazi is a name used by some Africans who identify their heritage with the ancient Persian province, Shiraz. According to legend, a Persian prince from Shiraz had a nightmare that he interpreted as meaning that evil would soon destroy him, so he and others set sail, and eventually landed in Zanzibar, an island off the coast of Tanzania. The Shirazi people believe this prince is their ancestor. Shirazi people sometimes consider themselves a separate ethnic group from the Swahili peoples, though Swahili is their mother tongue.
The Shirazi people are Muslim, no one from their community has put their faith in Jesus Christ. Anyone who took such a step would become an outcaste, especially if the leader of their family did not approve.
There are believers in Tanzania and nearby Kenya who can reach out to the Shirazi people. They would need to be sensitive to the culture, and make sure they work with the leaders.
Since there are no followers of Christ among this people group, pray for a move of the Holy Spirit to draw many to take that step of faith.
* Pray for the Shirazi people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for the Lord to open the hearts of Shirazi family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of discovery Bible studies.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Shirazi communities.
Scripture Prayers for the Shirazi in Tanzania.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2010-01-31|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2019-10-01|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Widespread. Formerly Zanzibar, coastal areas. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
Primary Language: Swahili
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1879-1989)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament - Interconfessional (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Love Story|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Swahili|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||Walk with Jesus (Africa, JF Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible Gateway Scripture|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Swahili Union Version|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|