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Anonymous asked in TravelAfrica & Middle EastSaudi Arabia · 1 decade ago

Are there any Christian Churches in Saudi Arabia?

I've heard there are a few in Iran, but face great hate because of it.

As Saudi Arabia is the heart of the Muslim world and Islam, could there still be a Christian Church there?

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  • Mintee
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    they are planning on building a non denominational church in Riyadh, more so to please visiting diplomats etc..

    Remember this is an Islamic country.. You only come to this country if you are on invite.. So if you plan on coming, you do as you are requested in the home of the host..

    If you go to the vatican, you cannot practice another faith in Vaitcan city.. its their laws.. Same as in Saudiarabia.. I know it sounds harsh, but if you choose to come here, thats your choice and you go by the rules of the hosts country..

    You are allowed to practice your faith in the privacy of your own living quarters while here, we are not niave to think you cannot pray to your own source while here.. Just no open propogation..

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  • 3 years ago

    Saudi Arabia Christian Churches

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  • Nomad
    Lv 4
    1 decade ago

    There has been some talk recently of King Abdullah speaking to an envoy from the Pope to open the first church in Saudi Arabia. The King has led several initiatives to make peace between world religions and hence is committed to bring reform in his own country too.

    Plus he himself met the Pope last year, and this is the first time a Saudi monarch has been to the Vatican.

    So things are moving. Soon inshallah there shall be a church in Saudi too. Right now its prayers are offered only in compounds or privacy of homes.

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  • 3 years ago

    sure that's genuine there isn't any doubt that ISLAM is a non violent faith. I´ll clarify by using an occasion in a school the critical desires a arithmetic professor, for this post there comes 2 professors and the critical places the question what's two + 2 first one says 4 and yet another says 5 , for sure the critical will choose the guy who says the final answer, it incredibly is with Islam, Islam is a faith of one genuine God which has no pals, so how can saudia will tolerate that non muslims will open a church in that land....thats y that's unlawful. nicely regardin the west they permit muslims to open their mosques as you pronounced that's a non violent faith no harm to others.....and you will see the occasion around learn how to muslims and non muslims how they stay and so on and so on.....

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Only private worship, or a compound designates one of its villas as a church, and if you notice the Villa churches, you will see mostly people from the Philippine community or Christian Arabs...some Hindi but rare because majority of Christian expats are Catholics rather than Protestants.

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  • carl
    Lv 5
    1 decade ago

    .......there are no cathedrals or christian churches here in Saudi Arabia but foreigners who worked here find their ways praying and attending mass or worship on private homes, camps, villas, etc. At least Christians were not banned to practice their faith and private homes are enough to do so.......Not only Christians but Hindus, Buddhist, etc.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Yes there are quite a few but theyre 'underground'. Theyre not really churches per say but normal buldings that christians have their church rituals in on a sunday. Once you move in to whatever compound youre moving to and make some friends, Im sure they'll let you in on the location.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    There are churches in some of the embassies

    In the british embassy there was a church, i went there twice

    :]

    Source(s): Lived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia for 2 years:)
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  • 1 decade ago

    My friend, you are unfortunately a product of an unjust system, where Christians have to bend over backward for Muslims in the UK but in Saudi Arabia you ether believe what they do or you are resented by everyone. I'm sorry, it's the way life has turned out.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    No, but they ***** about being discriminated in the West. Freedom to these people has no meaning, it is like explaining osmosis to a tree.

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