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Arab, Saudi - Najdi in Canada

Arab, Saudi - Najdi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
5,500 Arabic, Najdi Spoken Islam 0.30 % 0.20 % No No   

Arab, Saudi - Najdi in Canada

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Introduction / History
Najdi is a dialect of Arabic spoken in the Najd region of central Saudi Arabia. Foreign control of Najdi during the colonial era was minimal at best.

Saudis pride themselves for being from the birthplace of Islam. Saudi Arabia is the home of Islam's two most sacred mosques. In the Islamic religion, Saudis stand out as the leaders. Muslims are required to go on a pilgrimage to Mecca, in Saudi Arabia.
Many Saudis have made their fortune in the petroleum industry, which is also strong in Canada. Canada has some of the best universities in the world, so Saudi students from wealthy families go there to study medicine or engineering.

Where are they located?
Since many Saudis are university students, one of the best places to find them is on university campuses. Others Najdi Saudis might be found where their oil industry is strong.

What are their lives like?
Saudis are among the wealthiest Arabs in the world. Most of them come to Canada either to attend Canadian universities or to work with the oil industry.

Saudi Arabia is under strict Sharia (Islamic) Law, so it is a shock to them to live in a place with freedom to make good and bad life decisions. For example, Saudi students must adjust to gender roles being different and seeing women who have a different standard of modesty.

What are their beliefs?
Najdi Saudis are perhaps the most devout Sunni Muslims in the world. Najdi Saudis try to follow a form of Islam that is based on the teachings of the Prophet Mohammed found in the Qur'an and the Hadith. The Najd homeland is a bastion of the strict Wahhabi and Salafi sects of Sunni Islam. Though there are Christians in other parts of the Arabic speaking part of the world, there are almost none among Saudi nationals, including those living in Canada.

What are their needs?
Unlike Saudi Arabia where embracing Christ carries a heavy penalty, there is religious freedom in Canada. Believers can share their love for the Savior with these Muslims who have been taught that the Qur'an and the Hadith hold life's spiritual answers.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Lord to raise up people who will faithfully share the ways of Jesus with Saudis in Canada in a discreet, loving manner.
* Pray for a move of the Holy Spirit that will give Saudis a willingness to embrace Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, depending on Him alone for salvation and forgiveness of sin.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among Najdi Saudis in Canada that will spread to Saudi Arabia.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.
* Pray for the availability of the Jesus Film in the primary language of this people.

References
http://www.arabnews.com/news/448573
http://www.statcan.gc.ca/pub/89-621-x/89-621-x2007009-eng.htm

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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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People Name in Country: Arab, Saudi - Najdi
People Name General: Arab, Saudi - Najdi
Alternate People Names:
Bedouin ArabGulf Speaking
Murrah BedouinSaudi Arab
Utaiba Bedouin
ROP3 Code: 101196
Joshua Project People ID: 10759
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 5,500
Population all Countries: 17,007,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Bedouin, Arabian
People Name General: Arab, Saudi - Najdi
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Arabic, Najdi Spoken (5,500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): ars    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
BuddhismUnknown 
Christianity0.30 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic ReligionsUnknown 
HinduismUnknown 
Islam99.70 % 
Non-ReligiousUnknown 
Other / SmallUnknown 
UnknownUnknown 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2013
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bibles Online
Film / VideoStories of the Prophets - Ishmael_Bedoui ...
Film / VideoStories of the Prophets - Jesus (The Wit ...
Film / VideoStories of the Prophets - Video Poem - D ...
 
 
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