Arab, Iraqi in Kuwait

Map Source:  Bethany World Prayer Center
People Name: Arab, Iraqi
Country: Kuwait
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 19,000
World Population: 21,994,000
Primary Language: Arabic, Mesopotamian
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 5.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.20 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Arab, Levant
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
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Introduction / History

When Iraqi tanks stormed Kuwait in a blitzkrieg in 1990, it set the stage for the Kuwaitis to not trust the Iraqis. The few Iraqis living in Kuwait are not welcome.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Since there have been wars between Iraq and Kuwait as recent as 1990 when the Iraqis stormed this oil-rich neighbor, the Kuwaitis have viewed the Iraqis with suspicion. Iraqis are most likely to be in internment camps away from the Kuwaiti population. They cannot participate in meaningful activities like getting an education or doing a formal job.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a slight majority of Shia Muslims among Iraqi Arabs, the Sunnis are more likely to be refugees in other countries like Kuwait. Both Shia and Sunni Muslims believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. 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. Like most other Arab Muslims, Iraqis depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What Are Their Needs?

Iraqi Arabs need to be able to either return to Iraq or get re-established in the new country. They will need to find meaningful jobs.

Prayer Points

Pray that God will reveal himself to Iraqi Arabs in Kuwait through dreams, visions, the JESUS Film, and through his word. Pray for the Lord to direct Iraqi Arabs in his ways and help them to put their identity in Christ. Pray for Iraqi Arabs in Algeria to know God as their provider and lean on him. Pray for a movement to Christ that cannot be stopped. Pray for Iraqi Arab communities to become open to the influence of Jesus Christ in their lives.

Text Source:   Joshua Project