Is Islam losing its place in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA)? Findings from a recent BBC News survey indicate a “non-religious” trend among thousands of Arabs living in the MENA region. Read more here.
In the past six years, the number of people identifying as “non-religious” rose from 8 to 13 percent. The greatest rise in the “non-religious” category occurred in people younger than 30 years old. More than 25,000 people from 10 countries were surveyed between fall 2018 and spring 2019.
Mike Ansari leads Heart4Iran, a partnership with more than over 100 active partners working together to bring the love and hope of Jesus Christ to the people of Iran. He spoke to MNN about the study and its findings.
“Most Iranians are calling us and telling us that Islam is bankrupt… and they are seeking different meanings to life, to spirituality, to understanding who God is,” Ansari states.
“I’m not surprised at all to see these changes take place not only across Iran but also across the Arab world. I think it’s about time.”
Technically, Iran isn’t part of the Arab world, Ansari clarifies. However, the dissatisfaction BBC reports among Arab residents is the same thing Ansari sees among Iranians.
“A vast majority of Iranians are tired of the state and religion having been mixed with each other. They are seeking a deeper meaning about life from [the] internet, from other peers across other nations,” he says.
“It’s very interesting to see the same trends happening in the neighboring countries.”
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SOURCE: Mission Network News, Katey Hearth