According to Morocco’s constitution, Islam is the official state religion. The Islamic establishment does not allow conversion from Islam to any other On 2013, the Supreme Ulema Council, a group appointed by the king, published a decree saying that Muslims who renounce their faith “should be condemned to death”. Conversion to another religion is seen as a threat to the authority of the king, Mohammed VI, who according to the country’s constitution is the “Commander of the Faithful and Defender of the Community and the Faith’. The Alawite dynasty, whose family has ruled Morocco for nearly 400 years, claims to descend from Muhammad.
Evangelism among Muslims, who account for more than 99% of the country’s population, is forbidden. Foreign missionaries were expelled from the country in 2009 and 2010 for undermining public order. Converts from Islam can experience severe pressure, often facing police interrogations, ostracism, dismissal from employment, family harassment and the threat of imprisonment. The most frequent targets of harassment are newly converted Moroccan Christians and Muslims interested in Christianity. Converts to Christianity can also come under pressure for having links to missionaries.
The Government refuses to recognise churches constituted of Moroccan nationals, so religious liberty for non-Muslims is effectively restricted to foreign expatriates. Estimates for the numbers of Moroccan Christians range from 800 to 8,000, the majority being ethnic Berbers. Small groups meet surreptitiously in several towns, sometimes disguising their gatherings as family celebrations.
Give thanks for the steadfast commitment of Moroccans who have converted to Christianity despite the dangerous impact of this decision. Pray for Muslims who feel drawn to Christ, that they will have courage to make a decision to follow Him and that they will be protected from harm. Pray that foreign missionaries will have wisdom in their work, and will not accidentally endanger Moroccan Christians. Ask God to intervene in the political structures in Morocco so that there will be greater freedom for Christians to meet and share their faith with others.