Saudi Arabia

World Watch List Rank: 12

Leader: King Salman

Population: 32.7 million (1.4 million Christians)

Main Religion: Islam

Government: Monarchy

Source of Persecution: Islamic extremism


"Lord, we thank you that in Saudi Arabia more believers from a Muslim background and migrant workers are coming to know you. Would you protect Saudi believers whose conversions are punishable by death under Sharia law, and enable Christians in this country to find ways of spreading the gospel under your protection. "
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Despite the fact that leaving Islam is punishable by death in Saudi Arabia, the number of Saudi Muslims coming to faith in Christ is increasing.

All Saudis are considered to be Muslims, and the legal system is based on Sharia (Islamic law). There are no church buildings at all in Saudi Arabia and Christian services take place in secret places. Believers from Muslim backgrounds usually keep their faith hidden - several who were discovered were forced to leave the country in 2016.

Open Doors supports the church in Saudi Arabia by raising prayer and awareness.

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