Tag Shia


Pray for the Shabak of Iraq

Hassan has invited his friends for sugar biscuits and sweet tea. But the mood is tense. “The Arabs have driven us out, the Kurds have abandoned us. Who are we supposed to trust anymore?” he asks. Hassan…

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Pray for the Anatolian Alevis of Turkey

Hasan grew up in a poor Alevi village in eastern Turkey, speaking Zaza as his native language. At primary school he learned Turkish, and eventually became a teacher. Now retired, Hasan worried to see his grown sons…

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Pray for Khoja of East Africa

The Shia branch of Islam that we have been praying for has other sects. One of these is the Khoja Ithna Asharis. Ithna Ashari means “twelver” a term that refers to the belief that twelve male descendants…

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Pray for the Shia of Saudi Arabia

The distinction between Sunni Muslims and Shia Muslims is felt keenly in the nation of Saudi Arabia. These two Islamic sects share many of the same beliefs and practices, but they also have significant differences which cause…

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Pray for Ismailis

Ismaili’s are a sect within Shia Islam who follow a living imam (spiritual leader) who is descended from Ali, the cousin and son-in-law of the Prophet Muhammad. They believe these hereditary imams offer moral and spiritual guidance to…

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