Saudi Arabia is an Islamic majority nation which strictly prohibits the practice of other religions. This is because Saudi Arabia is Muslim and holds Islamic law based on the Quran. Violators could be subject to severe punishment 🇸🇦 🔛 !
Christian citizens of Saudi Arabia are allowed to live and work there though they cannot publicly practice their faith. The Saudi government has taken steps towards improving religious freedom in the country by issuing ID cards that confirm their religious identity. Nevertheless many restrictions remain in place and the Saudi government continues to monitor and control places of worship for foreigners 🇸🇦.
Foreign workers may privately meet in homes or hotel rooms to pray and hold communion services, but public displays of faith are not permitted, and any kind of religious activity must be done in complete secrecy, according to the Saudi government, which has in the past permitted some Christian worship 🇸🇦 🏨 🙏.
In the past Saudi Arabia has been known to deport foreign citizens caught engaging in religious activities. In 2006 the Saudi government deported 35 members of a Filipino Christian church who were caught holding a worship service. This was the first time that Saudi authorities had taken such a step 🇸🇦 ️.
Saudi Arabia also has very strict rules about the importation of religious materials covering books CDs and DVDs 🇸🇦 📚. All such items must be approved by the Saudi religious police before they can be brought into the country. This incorporates Christian books, which must be approved by the Saudi government before they can be sold to any customers.
Despite these restrictions there is a growing Christian population in Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 ️. According to the most up to date estimates there are approximately 1. 5 million Christians in the country mostly from expatriate communities. The majority of these Christians are from the Philippines, India, and other Southeast Asian countries . There is also a growing variety of Arab Christians in the country most of whom were born in Saudi Arabia 🇸🇦 ️.
Christianity is an integral part of Arab culture and many Saudi citizens are familiar with the teachings of the Bible. However it is important to note that while Christians are allowed to live and work in Saudi Arabia they are not allowed to convert Muslims to their faith. It is also important to remember that the practice of Christianity in the country is subject to strict laws and regulations and any violation can result in severe punishment. !! .
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