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Islam: A Worldwide Challenge

Islam is a monotheistic religion defined by the Qur’an and by the teachings of Muhammad. An adherent of Islam is called a Muslim. They believe that God is one and the purpose of existence is to worship Him. Islamic concepts and practices include the five pillars of Islam. It began in the early 7th century. Most Muslims are one of two denominations: Sunni or Shia. About 13% of Muslims live in Indonesia, 32% in South Asia, 20% in the Middle East, and 15% in Sub-Saharan Africa. With about 1.7 billion followers or 23% of the world’s population, Islam is the second-largest religion.

Population: 1,200,000,000

Spiritually lost: 1,188,000,000 (99%)

Unreached people groups: Unkown

  • Serving Muslims worldwide since 2000
  • Mission focus: Arabic language website
  • Unnamed due to sensitive nature of the ministry
  • Accomplishments: 10,000 to 20,000 website visitors per month

Islam: Unnamed Missionary

The people of the twenty-two Arab nations have probably been among the most isolated from the Gospel among all the major people groups. Globally, even the Arab people who have migrated to non-Arab nations have remained significantly isolated due to language, culture, and to myriad religious factors.

Additionally, sincere but misguided attempts to minister to Muslim Arabs have often been somewhat confrontational; suspicion between Muslims and Christians seems to be the norm rather than the exception. See below for more.

More About the Islamic Mission

Due to legal restrictions against missionaries on the part of most Muslim governments, effective ministry to Arab Muslims has been rare. Within the borders of those nations, there is an average of only 2-10 Christian missionaries per million Muslims.

In an effort to overcome these barriers to the Gospel, IOM has maintained an interactive internet presence for the past 15+ years. Our Arabic language website has been directed by a Muslim-background follower of Christ. The content of the site has been highly contextualized and is non-confrontational. Subjects of discussion are on topics of current interest to Muslims. On average, between 10,000 to 20,000 Muslims have visited the site each month.