World Watch Ranking: 46

What does persecution look like in Brunei?

The growing implementation of Sharia (Islamic law) in Brunei – which applies to both Muslims and non-Muslims and has the goal of making the country fully Islamic – is making it increasingly challenging for the country’s tiny Christian minority to express and share their faith. Conversion from Islam is illegal, meaning converts can face enormous pressure to renounce their faith in Jesus. Islamic oppression is the main source of persecution in Brunei.

Since Protestant Christian groups cannot be registered as churches but only as secular organizations, they are required to submit their financial and operational reports to the government each year. All church activities are monitored by the authorities and surrounding community, and church leaders are warned against doing outreach or becoming too public. To encourage the spread of Islam, the government has been giving aid to those who become Muslims, which has led to some Christians being coerced into converting to Islam.

Who is most vulnerable to persecution?

Converts from Islam face the most extreme persecution in Brunei.

Meet 'Elora'

“Pray for the salvation of the people of Brunei. Pray for the sultan, the governments and authorities of this country as well. Please pray that the glory of God will shine in Brunei.”

Elora is a young Christian in Brunei

What has changed this year?

In general, the situation for Christians has not changed much in recent years. However, for the last few years, a slowly growing pressure on churches and their activities can be seen. Christians, particularly young Christians, continue to leave the country, depleting the population of believers. This is for a mix of reasons, including persecution and economic factors.

What does Open Doors do to help Christians in Brunei?

Open Doors raises prayer support for persecuted believers in Brunei.

How can you pray for Brunei?

  • Please pray that young Christians who are under pressure from peers will have the strength to hold onto their faith
  • Pray that church leaders will be given wisdom as they disciple believers whilst navigating government restrictions and surveillance
  • Pray that the authorities will have a change of heart and give greater freedom to those who choose not to follow Islam.
A prayer for Brunei

Lord Jesus, pour Your peace into the hearts of believers who are fearful given the growing implementation of Sharia (Islamic law). Inspire in them fresh faith and boldness. Protect Your people from harm, and minister Your healing and comfort into the lives of those suffering because of their faith. Surround young Christians with good role models who will help disciple them amid pressure from their peers. May Your children in Brunei know the joy and hope of following You, despite the challenges they face. Use Your people in amazing ways to draw others, including those in authority, to You. Amen.

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Persecution Level

Very High

Persecution Type
  • Islamic oppression
  • Dictatorial paranoia

Population of Christians
53,500 (12.0%)

Main Religion

Absolute Monarchy

Sultan and Prime Minister Sir Hassanal Bolkiah