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Christians in Mauritania are concerned about recent changes to the laws regarding religious conversion. On April 27th, the Mauritanian National Assembly approved changes to increase the penalty for apostasy.

According to the new regulations, the death penalty is now mandatory for those convicted of "blasphemous remarks" or "sacrilegious acts." Further, those found guilty of "the breach of prohibitions prescribed by Allah or the facilitation of their non-compliance," or "outrage to public decency and the values of Islam," can face a prison sentence of up to two years, along with a fine.

Pray that these legal changes will not cause the Christians in Mauritania to succumb to fear, but rather to rally together with increased spiritual fervor, unity and intercession for the good of their nation and fellow citizens. Despite the new restrictions, may those seeking truth not be deterred but further encouraged to pursue a personal relationship with our Lord Jesus who ultimately reigns supreme over all.

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Country Information

Population
4,079,284 (July 2021 est.)

Ethnicity (%)
Black Moors (40), White Moor (30), Sub-Saharan Mauritanians (30)

Religion (%)
Muslim (100)

Leader
President Mohamed Cheikh El Ghazouani (2019)

Government type
Presidential republic

Legal system
Mixed legal system of Islamic and French civil law.

Source: CIA World Factbook

Pray for Mauritania

Pray that Christians in Mauritania will find support and fellowship with other believers, despite their small numbers.

Pray seekers will encounter Jesus, and those who follow Him will be courageous in their witness.

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Mauritania News

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    A man and some camels
    Pray that the Spirit of Christ will draw Mauritanians to Himself.

    According to Greg Kelley from World Mission, Islamic extremists in the Northwest African nation of Mauritania have created an online hit list containing the names of Christian leaders. Describing this action as a "call to warfare," th

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  • Penalties for Apostasy Increased
    Man reading in the desert - The Voice of the Martyrs U.S. - www.icommittopray.com

    Christians in Mauritania are concerned about recent changes to the laws regarding religious conversion. On April 27th, the Mauritanian National Assembly approved changes to increase the penalty for apostasy.

    According to the new regulations, the death penalty is now mandatory for those convicted of

    ...
  • Christian aid worked killed
    Photo from Ralph Buckner Funeral Home

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