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Baharia, Wahati in Egypt

Baharia, Wahati

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
32,000 Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Baharia, Wahati in Egypt

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Introduction / History
Long ago the Nile River flowed on a different course, in a great loop across what is now Egypt's western desert. When the river switched to its modern course, a string of oases were left behind. Palm trees rise out of the desert sand to mark where the Nile once flowed. Baharia is one such oasis located in north central Egypt. There are many villages in the oasis, El Bawiti being the administrative center. The people of the oasis are also known as the Wahati people. Most people living in Baharia originally came from Libya and Egypt's northern coast. Only a few outsiders have left their mark on Baharia. After conquering Egypt over 2000 years ago, Alexander the Great built a temple there.

What are their lives like?
There is substantial tourism to the oasis because of antiquities (tombs, mummies and other artifacts have been discovered there), and because of the beautiful surrounding deserts. Tourism has become an important source of income. The oasis has changed drastically since an asphalt road connecting Baharia to Cairo was finished in the early 1970s. Electricity is now available, and the internet has become available.

What are their beliefs?
The Baharia people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What are their needs?
The Baharia people need the chance to make Jesus Christ their lord so they can enjoy the abundant life only he can offer (John 10:10).

Prayer Points
Pray for the Baharia people to give all their allegiance and thanks to the King of kings. Pray for a movement to Jesus to multiply among Baharia families and neighborhoods. Pray for Holy Spirit led workers among the Baharia in Egypt. Pray for the Lord to be the provider for the physical and spiritual needs of the Baharia people in Egypt.
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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-12-19
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Country: Egypt
Continent: Africa
Region: Africa, North and Middle East
Persecution Rank:35 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Location in Country:Primarily in Bahariya oasis, in north central Egypt
(Source: Joshua Project)
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People Name in Country: Baharia, Wahati
People Name General: Baharia, Wahati
ROP3 Code: 115247
Joshua Project People ID: 19173
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 32,000
Population all Countries: 32,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Arab World
People Cluster: Arab, Libyan
People Name General: Baharia, Wahati
Ethnic Code: CMT30
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Arabic, Eastern Egyptian Bedawi Spoken (32,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): avl    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2004
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsArabic Bible Online
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Arabic, Eastern Egyp ...
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Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Baharia, Wahati in Egypt

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