The Hadhramis come originally from the “Hadhramaut”, which means “valley of death” and is the home of Osama bin Laden and al-Qaeda. This region in the eastern part of Yemen is very isolated, and the people there have little opportunity to hear the good news. In this huge Governorate of Hadhramaut one of the most conservative forms of Islam is practiced and many extremists come from there.
As pious Muslims, famous poets and friendly people, the Hadhramis love to serve their guests with their famous—and very expensive—dark acacia honey, dates and other delicious food.
The Hadhrami Bedouins became wealthy, and started trading and traveling, and many now live across the whole Arabian Peninsula, in Saudi Arabia, Dubai and the Gulf. Hadhrami businesspeople became very influential in spreading Islam in the region and even beyond to East Africa, India and Indonesia.
Today, because of the ongoing war and famine in Yemen as well as problems with Islamists, business between the rich Gulf States and the Hadhramaut in south-east Yemen has suffered and many Hadhramis have lost their jobs in the Gulf countries. They have started to seek more freedom and look elsewhere for solutions.
Hamoudi is an important man in his village; he had a vision of Jesus the Redeemer and started to follow Him as a secret believer. Sharing his new faith has led Hamoudi into trouble, but he continues to follow Jesus, hoping to introduce others to His abundant life.
WAYS TO PRAY:
- War, violence, famine and cholera plague the nation of Yemen. Pray for an end to these disasters.
- Pray for the people from the “valley of death” to pursue the hope of abundant life. (John 10:10)
- Pray that more Hadhrami business people would have dreams and visions of Jesus and use their influence to spread the good news in this region.