Day 29

SEPTEMBER | 2022

Maldives

PRAYER FOR THIS COUNTRY

There are twelve nations in the world where apostasy, the conversion from one religion to another, is criminalized and the punishment is the death sentence. These nations are Maldives, Afghanistan, Brunei, Iran, Mauritania, Pakistan, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Somalia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen, and some northern states of Nigeria. As all of these nations are Muslim-majority nations, the apostasy laws can apply to people who convert from Islam to Christianity. Pray that the power of fear will be broken as it prevents people from putting their trust in Jesus Christ, when such a consequence hangs over their heads. Pray that a new beginning may happen in Maldives one day, when this law is repealed (The Bible, Lamentations 3:22-23).

Source: London Ministerial: What We Have Learned about China, Pakistan, and the World (Bitter Winter)

MORE ABOUT THIS COUNTRY

The Maldives is Asia’s smallest country by area and population known for its lucrative tourism industry. It is an extremely closed country, claiming to be 100 percent Muslim, and heavily repressing any Christian influence. Only a handful of secret Believers live in the Maldives. With dozens of Maldivians joining IS in recent years, the island nation is believed to be “fertile ground for recruitment” to radical Islam. Surprising results in general elections a few years ago saw the opposition leader Ibrahim Mohamed Solih defeating the former president, Abdulla Yameen who faces corruption charges. The new government has begun reforms but has struggled to see any real effective change take place. COVID-19 had a significant impact on the tourism industry in the first half of 2020 and attempts to recover in 2021 were hampered by the severe outbreaks in India.

CHIEF OF STATE
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
HEAD OF GOV.
President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih
POPULATION
393,000
CHRISTIANS
0%
EVANGLICAL CHRISTIANS
0%
DOMINANT RELIGION
Sunni Islam
PERSECUTION RANKING
15
REFUGEES
45
LIFE EXPECTANCY
75.37 yrs
LITERACY RATE
99%
POPULATION BELOW POVERTY LINE
16%