The Izarguien are Saharan Arabs, a sub-group of the Tekna tribe. They adhere to the Maliki branch of Sunni Islam. 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.
Western Sahara is not hospitable to visitors. The partially nomadic tribes are often reluctant to trust outsiders.
Gospel radio broadcasts may bear fruit among the tribes of the Sahara. Much prayer is needed for the preparation of these broadcasts, and for hearts to be prepared to hear and believe.
There quite likely isn't a single follower of Christ among the Izarguien tribe. However, pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they 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.
Pray for the Izarguien tribe, living in a harsh and dangerous environment, to be able to provide adequately for their needs. Pray for the widow, the orphan, and the elderly to be cared for. Pray these people will be able to adjust to the changing requirements of the modern era.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Izarguien|
|People Name in Country||Izarguien|
|Population in Morocco||17,000|
|Unengaged||Yes (per Finishing the Task)|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Alternate Names||Aita, Foikat|
|Region||Middle East and North Africa|
|Persecution Rank||Not ranked|
|Location in Country||Widespread, south of Atlas Mountains, including Sahara port cities. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Primary Language||Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (17,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||ary Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Arabic, Moroccan Spoken|
Primary Language: Arabic, Moroccan Spoken
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1932-2012)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Arabic Bibles Online|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching (GRN)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Arabic, Moroccan Spoken|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible-in-Your-Language|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Moroccan Standard Translation|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|