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#24 in Christian persecution, Moracco

Despite the growing Western influence on Moroccan society, 99% of the population are Muslim and the country remains socially conservative. This can make life challenging for the tiny Christian minority, particularly those who convert from Islam. They will likely encounter severe pressure from their family and local community to recant their faith.

Although conversion is not a punishable offence legally, converts risk being arrested and interrogated by the government, with the country’s strong and well-informed security services making it very difficult for believers to express their faith. This hostility largely stems from Christianity being seen as a threat to the king and his authority. Another reason could be the fear of radical Muslim groups; by appeasing them, the authorities want to prevent any unrest.

The government’s paranoia explains why it’s forbidden to “shake the faith of a Muslim”, meaning that Christians who talk about their faith risk arrest and criminal prosecution. Distribution of Christian resources in Arabic (including Bibles) is also restricted. Even on social media, believers must be very careful in what they post, and if they post Christian content, most use a pseudonym.

Meet Aizah

“My father kicked me out of the house. He said that I betrayed our culture, that I was no longer his daughter. It broke my heart. He made me feel a bad girl.”

Aizah (name changed) from North Africa.

What does Open Doors do to help?

Open Doors works with local partners and churches in North Africa to provide leadership and discipleship training, livelihood support, legal aid, trauma counselling, Bibles and pastoral care.

Please pray

  • Pray for opportunities for Christians as they seek to share their faith, despite the dangers.

  • Pray that believers from Muslim backgrounds will be empowered to stand firm amid hostility.

  • Pray that Jesus will increasingly reveal Himself to people in Morocco through dreams and visions.

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