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|People Name:||Kurd, Kurmanji|
|Primary Language:||Kurdish, Northern|
|Christian Adherents:||0.01 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
The Kurds are one of the largest ethno-linguistic people group in the world without their own nation. The homeland of the Kurds is in the Middle East, northwestern Iran, southeastern Turkey and the northern sections of Iraq and Syria. Since WW1 Kurds began to migrate from the violence and turmoil of southeastern Turkey to the relative calm and prosperity of the island of Bahrain in the Persian Gulf.
The Kurds in Bahrain live mostly in the northern part of this nation.
The Kurds of Bahrain have been in a weak position both socially and economically. Though ill-paid for their unskilled manual labor, they cannot press for better conditions for fear of deportation. Many in Bahrain are not citizens. Many Kurds take any job they can find to feed their families. The traditional occupation of the Kurds has been the herding of goats and sheep. In Bahrain, they have had to take on new jobs such as construction, owning restaurants, small businesses and in manufacturing. Kurdish parents encourage their boys and girls to obtain a college education if possible. Family is an essential part of Kurdish culture. The relationship between family members is close. The clan and community are more important than the individual in traditional Kurdish society. The Kurdish father is the traditional head of the home. The groom's family must pay a bride price to the relatives of the bride because she becomes officially part of the groom's family after the wedding. Traditionally a Kurdish man and woman in love could not marry without both their families' permission. Kurdish women and girls are supposed to dress modestly. Dressing immodestly would dishonor her family. Respecting older people is integral part of Kurdish culture. Hospitality and family honor are significant features. Many young Kurdish people have started to put their own interests before that of their family and community.
About 75% of the world's Kurds claim to be Sunni Muslims. Smaller Kurdish groups include Shia, Sufi, Christian and Yazidi. Sunni Kurds tend to be more tolerate of other faiths than other Muslims. Sunni Kurds try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. The Kurdish New Year on March 21 is celebrated as the major holiday of the year by all Kurds regardless of religion. Gifts are exchanged. Celebrations may last for more than a week. Families and friend get together for holiday meals.
The Kurds living in Jordan must understand that biblical Christianity is not just a Western religion. They must see that their good works and devotion to family will not gain them the forgiveness of their sins or eternal life. The Jordanian Kurds need the spiritual peace that only Jesus Christ can provide.
Pray the Lord leads believers to build friendships with Kurds and tell them about their Savior. Pray that God creates a hunger for the Bible and spiritual truth in the heart of the Kurdish people living in Bahrain. Ask God to raise up a Disciple Making Movement among Kurds of Bahrain in this decade. Pray that Kurdish leaders are willing to investigate the claims of Jesus Christ.