• Pray for the government of Bahrain to be steadfast in combating terrorism and its financing. Pray for Bahrain to continue to actively monitor terrorist suspects.
  • Islam is the official religion and the main division is between the Sunni Muslims, who are the ruling minority, and the majority of the population, who are much poorer Shi’a Muslims. Pray for Bahrain to abolish Shari’a law.
  • The smallest and most densely populated Arab state, Bahrain has more social freedoms than in other Arab states – alcohol is freely available and women don’t have to wear the veil. Pray that there would be even more political and religious freedom in Bahrain.
  • Bahrain has the largest Arab Christian community in the Gulf states―most of whom are from other countries. No evangelism to Muslims is allowed. Pray that Christians would be able to have the courage to sensitively share their faith with others.


Find ministries and organizations working in Bahrain at Joshua Project | Bahrain.


Population: 1,348,000
Total People Groups: 17
Unreached People Groups: 7
Region: Middle East/North Africa
Official National Language: Arabic (Standard)
Secondary National Language: Arabic (Baharna Spoken)
Religions: Islam 83.4%, Christianity 8.7%, Hinduism 6.8%, Non-Religious 0.6%, Other 0.3%, Buddhism 0.1%
Persecution Ranking: 46
Percentage of People in Poverty: Not rated

Bahrain, officially the Kingdom of Bahrain, is a borderless island country in the Persian Gulf and is the smallest Arab state. Saudi Arabia lies to the west and is connected to Bahrain by the King Fahd Causeway (officially opened on November 25, 1986), and Qatar is to the south across the Gulf of Bahrain. The Qatar–Bahrain Friendship Bridge being planned will link Bahrain to Qatar as the longest fixed link in the world. Bahrain is a generally flat and arid archipelago.

Muslims make up 82.3% of Bahrain’s population, while Christians comprise only about 10.4%. The constitution states that Islam is the official religion and that Shari’a law is a principal source for legislation. The constitution, though, provides for freedom of conscience, the inviolability of worship, and the freedom to perform religious rites and hold religious parades and meetings, but the government has placed some limitations on the exercise of this right.

Bahrain is ranked No. 45 among nations that are the worst persecutors of Christians based on Open Doors 2008 World Watch List.

Sources: 24-7 Prayer, Operation World, Wikipedia, Country Reports on Terrorism 2007, International Religious Freedom Report 2007, Open Doors