Maldives

The leaders of the Maldives claim that their citizens are 100 per cent Muslim, and take pride in that fact.

Maldives

World Watch List Rank World Watch List Score
13 76/100
Leader Population
President Abdulla Yameen 376,000 (a few thousand Christians)
Main Religion Government
Islam Republic
Source of Persecution Persecution Level
Islamic Oppression, Dictatorial Paranoia Very High Persecution

Migrant Christians are closely monitored and their meetings are restricted, while Maldivian Christians must keep their faith completely secret. Converting to another religion means losing your citizenship, and being found to own a Bible could result in a prison sentence. Some Maldivian Christians have been forced to move abroad to escape persecution.

PERSECUTION IN MALDIVES

The government sees itself as the protector of Islam, and the judicial system increasingly reflects Sharia (Islamic law); the death penalty has been introduced as punishment for murder, even for children, and a law banning marital rape was vetoed by the president as 'un-Islamic'. Converting to another religion means losing your citizenship, and being found to own a Bible would result in a prison sentence.

While the state does recognise expatriate Christians, church gatherings and buildings are banned, so they are only able to meet in embassies in the capital. Those who live outside the capital sometimes meet in secret for worship, but these meetings are prone to police raids. Even tourists have reported getting into trouble for having a personal copy of the Bible.

HOW WE HELP

Open Doors is dedicated to supporting persecuted Christians in South East Asia through the following:

  • Advocacy and awareness
  • Prayer support.

PRAYER POINTS FOR MALDIVES

  • That God would enable secret believers to meet together safely and have access to the Bible
  • For Maldivian people to have dreams and visions of Jesus, and be led to believers who will be bold enough to share the gospel with them
  • Discipleship is a challenge because of security issues - pray that Maldivian Christians would grow in their faith.
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