The Hausa people in North and West Africa
Hope. It’s something that doesn’t exist here. Our destiny belongs with Allah, and only he has control of who will rest in paradise for eternity and who will perish. We must do all we can to please him, but he holds our fate in his hands. We cover our faces, say our prayers, cry out for help…. but to who? Living each day in uncertainty, not knowing what the purpose of this life is… surely there is something greater?
In Western Africa there is a group of people known as the Hausa. Their population in Nigeria alone is over 30 million. Seventy percent of them live in rural farm villages in dried mud huts. Islam was only introduced to the Hausa in the 1500’s and was largely rejected. In the “holy wars” of the early 1800’s the Hausa were conquered by their Islamic neighbours and made slaves. From then on the Hausa have been classified as Muslim. Their practice of Islam is mostly superficial as they still practice many traditional beliefs.
The Hausa language is the first language of over 35 million people in Sub-Saharan Africa. More than 20 million people speak Hausa as a second language. Most Hausa people can be found in northern Nigeria and Niger. Due to the massive size of the Hausa tribe, they have heavy influence in West Africa, both culturally and politically.
Less than 0.1% of the Hausa people claim to be Christian. These people face extreme persecution from their families and neighbours.
- Pray that Christian converts would be bold in the face of family pressure and persecution.
- Ask the Lord to raise up loving Christians who are willing to share Christ with the Hausa.
- Pray that God will open the hearts of the Hausa to the Gospel.
- Ask God to encourage and protect the small number of Hausa believers.
- Thank God for the Hausa Bible and the powerful impact that the Holy Scriptures has upon Muslims.