“Ninety eight per cent of the people are Muslims and the new constitution will reflect this. The official religion will be Islam and Islamic law the main source [of the constitution],” said al-Bashir.
Sudan’s current constitution makes allowance for freedom of speech, but non-Muslims face persecution from the Muslim community.
Since the secession in July (click here for more), Southerners who live in the North have been legally treated as foreigners. They have been given a deadline to either leave the North or obtain the right to stay, which is a complicated process. Christians and other non-Muslims face loss of government jobs and residency permits.
This move by the government makes the future of the church in Sudan very grim. Reports already show a recent increase of targeted assaults on Christians (for more information, click here, here, or here). Persecution is especially severe in the Nuba Mountains, where lands are razed and given to Arab northerners.
Please pray for the remaining Christians in Sudan.
- Pray that Christians throughout Sudan will continue to entrust themselves to Christ and preach the gospel boldly, knowing Jesus is the ruler over the kings of the earth (2 Timothy 1:7-12, Revelation 1:5).
- Pray God will grant Christians in Sudan wisdom in deciding whether to go or to stay in their country.
- Pray for the spread of the gospel amongst the Muslim community in Sudan.