Through history, Bahrain was ruled by the Assyrians and Babylonians. It came under the control of Persians, and then Arabs, under whom the island first became Nestorian Christian and then Islamic.
In 2010, Bahrain’s population grew to 1.2 million. Though a majority of the population is ethnically Arab, a sizeable number of people from South Asia live in the country. Due to an influx of immigrants and guest workers from non-Muslim countries, such as India, Philippines and Sri Lanka, the overall percentage of Muslims in the country has declined to 70.2% in recent years. Christianity, Hinduism, and other religions comprise the rest.
Isaiah 42:16 (NIV)
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known,
along unfamiliar paths I will guide them;
I will turn the darkness into light before them
and make the rough places smooth.
These are the things I will do;
I will not forsake them.
May it be so for the residents of Bahrain, dear Lord. Amen.