Experts predicted that there would be a return to the confrontation between Qatar and the four boycott countries of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, the United Arab Emirates, and Bahrain after the end of the World Cup last month since the agreement was viewed as a truce to ensure the success of the global event in Doha. Qatar did not agree to the 13 conditions imposed by the boycotting countries. The AlUla agreement was supposed to end the Gulf crisis. The Gulf states justified the boycott by accusing Qatar of supporting terrorism, harboring members of the Muslim Brotherhood, allowing foreign military forces on its soil, and continuing its relationship with Iran. Pray that Qatar will abide by the conditions and reconcile with the countries. Pray that the Qatari government will honor the process of reconciliation and for the Qataris to look to God for stress free life (The Bible, Isaiah 12:2).
Qatar jumped 11 spots from last year’s World Watch List and has escalated to the 18th position. Severe violence against Christians rose sharply. Churches were forced to stay closed after COVID-19 restrictions. The Christian believers in Qatar face intense pressures daily for following Jesus Christ. Qatar is an absolute monarchy ruled by Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani the Emir. The State of Qatar, unlike many other Middle Eastern nations, has successfully avoided the unrest and violence of the Arab Spring. The peninsula nation bordering the Persian Gulf and Saudi Arabia was part of the Turkish-Ottoman Empire and then operated under British protection. Nearly 80% of the population is Muslim, and it is forbidden to criticize the ruling family or Islam or to share the Gospel. Many expatriates have been forced to leave the country as a result of speaking about Christ.