May 2024

May 12, 2024

To Help you Pray this month for your Local Mosque Community. 

**The facts and prayer points below were provided by Pray For the Nations**

Farsi-Speaking Persian Muslims

Iranians started coming to Canada in the 1980’s because of the 1979 Iranian Revolution. From 2011-2016, Canada has seen about 42,000 Iranians migrating to Canada. Majority of Iranians came from urban areas; this is why a vast majority of them settle in the GTA.

A number of Iranians live in the concentrated areas such as North York (“Tehranto”), Richmond Hill, and Scarborough.
Population estimate in the GTA:  250,000

What do Farsi-Speaking Persian Muslims believe?

  • They believe in Allah (God) and the tenets of Islam. 
  • Most Muslim men believe in growing their beard to show their religious association.
  • There is no ordination in  Islam and there is no priesthood but an Arabic ulama, a community of scholars. 
  • The Persian Muslims also believe in praying five times a day.
  • There are various mosques that are specified for Farsi-speaking Persians in Toronto. The Islamic Iranian Centre of Imam Ali is one of them.

Prayer Points:

  • Ask God to raise up GTA Jesus followers to meet Iranians, get the good news to them, and read the Bible with them.
  • Many Iranians want to return to their ancient Zoroastrian religion because of the failure of Islam in their country to satisfy their deepest needs and disillusionment; pray for Jesus to communicate to Iranians through dreams and visions to draw them to Himself.
  • There is a lot of division/disunity among Iranians, including among GTA believers. Pray for the Spirit of God to bring healing, peace, and unity to the believers, including the pastoral leaders.
  • There has been considerable positive response to the good news among GTA’s Iranians and it is reaching back to Iran itself--- pray that this multiplies and transforms Iran.

About Loving Muslims Together

Loving Muslims Together exists because God’s love, demonstrated through Jesus Christ, is for Muslims. We function as local networks across Canada. We work to connect people and churches to opportunities, training and resources to help them build bridges to their Muslim neighbours, living out God’s love in word and deed.

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