|World Watch List Rank||44|
|World Watch List Score||63/100|
|Leader||Sultan and Prime Minister Haitham bin Tariq Al Said|
|Population||5,150,000 | 185,000 Christians|
|WWL Rank in 2020||42|
|Persecution Level||Very High Persecution|
All Omani citizens are assumed to be Muslim. Islam is the state religion, and legislation is mostly based on Islamic law.
Local converts from Islam are under the most pressure—their families, neighbors and broader society all press them to return to their national and tribal faith. Converts can be expelled from their families and lose their jobs. Their children can be taken from them, and families could strip away their inheritance rights.
The government largely tolerates foreign Christian communities, but even so, greatly restricts and monitors their public gatherings. All Christian meetings are monitored for political statements and attendance by Omani citizens. Additionally, all religious organizations must be registered with authorities.
Oman has fallen two spots on this year’s World Watch List, but persecution has actually risen in the small country in the Arabian Peninsula. Pressure in daily life for followers of Jesus—especially those who have converted from Islam—continues to be very high across the board. Oppression, discrimination and coercion are common, and even non-converts face daily discrimination and monitoring from the government and Omani society
Open Doors raises prayer support for Christians and churches in Oman.