Izarguien in Morocco


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Introduction / History

The Izarguien are Saharan Arabs, a sub-group of the Tekna tribe. The Tekna is a tribal confederation of Berber and Arab origins in southern Morocco and parts of northern Western Sahara. The Tekna tribes speak the Hassaniya Arabic and Berber Tamazight languages. Their traditional lifestyle was partly nomadic, based on camel and goat herding, and partly sedentary, controlling important routes of the Saharan caravan trade.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Izarguien people in Morocco are in a state of transition. Their nomadic past is in jeopardy, but they do not have a clear path before them. What will be their livelihood in the future? Tight knit clans dominate their social lives. Their family structure is patriarchal; inheritance and most of the decision-making power comes from the father’s side of each family. It would be very dangerous for an Izarguien to become a follower of Jesus Christ; such a person would probably be ostracized by his clan, leaving them isolated and vulnerable.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Izarguien people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Izarguien in Morocco.

Pray for the Izarguien tribe to be able to provide adequately for their needs. Pray for the widow, the orphan, and the elderly to have their needs met. Pray these people will be able to adjust to the changing requirements of the modern era. Pray Izarguien believers will be firmly grounded on the truths of Scripture, not mixing the grace offered through Christ with the religion of good works. Pray they will understand the priority of living a life obedient to Christ as an expression of thanksgiving.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Izarguien
People Name in Country Izarguien
Pronunciation ee-ZAR-ghee-en
Population this Country 18,000
Population all Countries 55,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Aita; Foikat
People ID 12303
ROP3 Code 104134
Country Morocco
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 27  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, south of Atlas Mountains, including Sahara port cities.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Morocco
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 27  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, south of Atlas Mountains, including Sahara port cities..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (18,000 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (18,000 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Arabic, Moroccan Spoken

Primary Language:  Arabic, Moroccan Spoken

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1902-1952)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (2012)
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Arabic Bible Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.19 %)
0.19 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.81 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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Map Source Anonymous  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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