Faifi in Saudi Arabia

The Faifi have only been reported in Saudi Arabia
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Introduction / History

Faifi is a language spoken by a small number of people in Saudi Arabia. It is an ancient language spoken in Jabal Fayfa.


What Are Their Lives Like?

This language is being replaced by more prominent languages in that country: Hejazi, Nejdi and Standard Arabic. Those who speak Faifi tend to be elderly. Younger people who speak this language are being educated in other languages, and they often move elsewhere for employment. This situation will contribute to the demise of the Faifi language.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Saudi Arabia prides itself in being the world’s center for Sunni Islam. Saudis are conservative; Faifi speakers are exceptionally conservative. Sunni Islam is a central part of the identity of these people who speak an ancient language. As far as we know there are no Christian believers nor has there ever been any among this people group.


What Are Their Needs?

Even by Saudi standards the Faifi speakers are unreached. They have remained relatively isolated by geography.

These people need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords. How will the hear if there is no one to preach to them? Perhaps radio and gospel recordings in the Faifi language will reach them.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Faifi people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their savior.

Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.

Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.

Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


Scripture Prayers for the Faifi in Saudi Arabia.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Faifi_language

https://sarkhasi.wordpress.com/2020/07/12/are-faifi-and-or-razihit-descendants-of-ancient-south-arabian-spoiler-alert-no/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Faifi
People Name in Country Faifi
Population this Country 52,000
Population all Countries 52,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 21997
ROP3 Code 119018
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Jizan region: Jebel Faifa.   Source:  Ethnologue 2021
Country Saudi Arabia
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Jizan region: Jebel Faifa..   Source:  Ethnologue 2021

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Primary Language Faifi (52,000 speakers)
Language Code fif   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Unknown
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Faifi (52,000 speakers)
Language Code fif   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Faifi

Primary Language:  Faifi

Bible Translation Status:  Translation Needed

Resource Type Resource Name Source
None reported  
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
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
Photo Source (Representative photo)
CharlesFred - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more