Prayer Focus: the Kaka’i of Iraq and Iran

May 21st, 2019 by

From the 30 Days of Prayer guide:

“The Kaka’i call themselves ahl al haqq, which means “people of truth”. They are a Kurdish people group, living mainly in Iraq and Iran, with over 5 million members who speak Kurdish, Arabic and Farsi. Officially, they are registered as Muslims and Islamic Sharia law is forced on them. However, they prefer to follow their own secret religion, known as Yarsanism, a syncretic belief system that is similar to Sufism, but not well understood as it is forbidden to talk about. Yarsanism was founded in the late 14th century and was heavily influenced by Islamic mysticism. Like Sufis, the Kaka’i desire to have a personal relationship with God. Kaka’i men and women are enthusiastic musicians and love to sing their songs together in weekly meetings. As a despised minority, they feel very connected with Christians in their countries, and many have pictures representing Jesus in their homes. However, it is difficult for the Kaka’i to follow Jesus as this is seen as rejection of their faith, family and community.”

Pray that the Kaka’i people as they seek an intimate connection with God, and as they face harassment from other people groups. Pray that the few Kaka’i followers of Christ would effectively share the good news of Christ with other Kaka’i.

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