Muhamasheen, Akhdam in Qatar

Map Source:  Anonymous
People Name: Muhamasheen, Akhdam
Country: Qatar
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 249,000
World Population: 2,218,000
Primary Language: Arabic, Gulf
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 2.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab, Arabian
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Akhdam are descendants of Ethiopian soldiers in the sixth century who moved into the Middle East intending to conquer. Unsuccessful, they were expelled at the start of the Islamic era in the seventh century. Those who stayed behind became slaves, hence their name, Akhdam. They prefer the name Muhamaseen meaning, "the marginalized ones." The people are shorter and darker than typical Arabs. A study found they were more apt to have sickle-cell anemia than their neighbors. There are Muhamaseen people in Libya, Kuwait and Qatar. Most live in Yemen.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though they are no longer slaves, Akhdam people mostly live in big city slums in fierce poverty and discrimination. Men work as street sweepers, women collect cans and bottles, and beg. Their children seldom get the education they need to rise above this low state.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Sometimes people who have known only severe poverty cannot see past their circumstances to a better future. Scripture portions are available in their language, as well as gospel films and recordings.

What Are Their Needs?

This poverty-stricken unreached people group needs every kind of practical help: education, medical, job training, etc.

Prayer Points

Few believers are known to exist among Akhdam people. However, please pray for those who will soon come to know and follow Christ. Pray for many to seek and find Almighty God.

Pray for signs and wonders to confirm His Word.

Pray for many Akhdam families to be blessed spiritually and financially as they allow him to transform their community.

Text Source:   Joshua Project