Swahili-Speaking Arabs of East Africa

(swah-HEE-lee) – For many Swahili-speaking Arabs of East Africa, their religious knowledge comes from their parents or religious teachers, who traditionally have come from the Arabian Peninsula. Many people in East Africa do not read Arabic well enough to understand the Quran, so for them, this means that culture and religion have become so intertwined that they are not able to tell them apart. The idea of seeking the will of God through the Scriptures is a foreign concept to new believers. Psalm 32:8 (ESV) promises that God “will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go.” Pray that Christ followers in this people group will lean into the power they have in the Holy Spirit to search the Scriptures for themselves and experience God on a personal level.