Introduction / History Both within their home region in eastern Europe and the outside world, Bosniaks are noted for their unique culture, which has been influenced by both eastern and western civilizations and schools of thought over the course of their history. Being part of Europe and influenced not only by the oriental but also by western culture, Bosniaks are considered to be some of the most advanced Islamic peoples of the world.
Where are they located? In the 1990s there were a series of complex wars involving ethnic cleansing and genocide which caused many Bosniaks to flee to safe, peaceful countries. Finland took in about 1,000 of them, a smaller number than the other countries in their region.
What are their lives like? Some are students, others are artists or professionals. They have done a good job of entering Finland's industrial economy. Most Bosniaks have been in Finland for a generation, so they are largely assimilated into Finnish society. Their children are learning Finnish ways in schools and in the workplace. They assimilate into Western cultures better than most other Muslim people groups.
What are their beliefs? Most Bosniaks are Sunni Muslim, although historically Sufism has also played a significant role among them. For many Bosniaks Islamic identity has more to do with cultural roots than with religious beliefs. Even among most religious Bosniaks, there is a disdain for religious leaders exercising any influence over day-to-day life. Bosniaks are no different than other Muslims in that they view Islam from the foundation that is their culture. One of the reasons why Bosniaks are accepted better than other Muslim peoples in Finland is that they are much more likely to view religion as a private matter, much like the Fins. They don't make waves.
What are their needs? The Bosniaks need spiritual hunger that will motivate them to open their hearts to the one who wants them as part of His family.
Prayer Points * Pray that God will grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies that are currently working among Bosniaks.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Finland and share Christ with Bosniaks and other Muslim people groups.
* Ask the Lord to raise a strong disciple making movement among Bosnians.
* Ask God to raise prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.