Arabic-speaking Moroccan in Western Sahara


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Introduction / History

Arabs represent the largest, most diverse, and most politically influential Muslim ethnic grouping in the world. While there are several characteristics that determine if a person is a true Arab, one trait is always evident: a proud sense of being an Arab. The early Islamic period was a time when "Arab identity" meant that all Arabs had descended from a common male ancestor. Thus, being an Arab brought recognition, honor and certain privileges. Their physical, geographical and religious aspects all vary greatly. However, the ability to speak Arabic (or an Arabic dialect) and identification with the Arabian cultural heritage are, perhaps, the two most essential elements.Though political unity is still a dream among Arabs, the Arabic language remains the greatest common tie. Attempting to preserve their original language, Arabs have maintained two basic forms of Arabic, though each Arab country has their own dialect. The first is "classical Arabic," the religious and literary language spoken and written uniformly throughout the Arab world. The second is "colloquial Arabic," the informal spoken language which varies by dialect from region to region. Both forms are used by educated Arabs.Arabs are the majority people in many countries in the Arabian Peninsula, the Maghreb, and all of North Africa including Morocco and Algeria. However, they aren’t as dominant in Western Sahara. With rapid fire speed, the Arabs conquered this region and spread Islam throughout, though there is still a remnant of traditional Christians among Arabs. They made it as far west as Morocco, and the “Arabs” in that region are a blended with the indigenous Berbers, both culturally and linguistically. Like other Arabic dialects, Moroccan Arabic is not understandable to other Arabs, largely because of the Berber influence.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There has been an ongoing conflict between Western Sahara and Morocco. There are few Moroccans in that country.Traditional Arab values have been altered by modernization. This can be attributed to the pressure to urbanize, industrialize and de-tribalize. Today, few modern Arabs live as desert shepherds, and you can find significant Arab communities in almost all the western world.Moroccan Arabs are dealing with traditional family and tribal ties being broken down. Women, as well as men, now have greater educational and employment opportunities. Because of an increasing variety of job opportunities among poor living conditions have improved. However, it has also weakened their traditional family ties. Among urban Arabs there is greater freedom for women to leave the home, fewer arranged marriages, and less social pressure to conform to traditional religious practices exists today among Arabs in Western Sahara.Arabs are trying to preserve other cultural traditions such as the naming of children. It is customary for an Arab child's name to reflect the three dominant elements of Arab life: kin, home, and religion. Thus, a boy might have a name such as "Mohammad ibn Ibrahim al Hamza." "Mohammad" represents his religious name. "Ibn Ibrahim" is his father's name. "Al Hamza" means that he is from the village of Hamza. Girls are given similar names, which they keep even after marriage. This reflects the Muslim Arab tradition that even though women are subservient to men, they retain their identities, separate legal rights, and family ties.Circumcision for boys continues to be a universal practice among Arabs. This ritual is performed around the seventh year and they celebrate it as the formal initiation of the boy into the religious community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

It was early in the seventh century that Mohammed first preached the tenets of Islam to the Arabs. His successors quickly spread the word of Allah far and wide. Wherever Arabs went, they left elements of their Arab culture, including their Islamic religion. Thus, Islam is an important part of Arab identity in places like Western Sahara.Arabic speaking Moroccans in Western Sahara believe that 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, they must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times each day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the Month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca. 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.


What Are Their Needs?

Since Islam is ingrained in the identity of so many Moroccan Arabs, we need to pray that they put their identity in Christ, the sure foundation.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Moroccan, Arabic-speaking in Western Sahara.

Pray that God will raise up faithful intercessors who will stand in the gap for Moroccan Arabs in Western Sahara.Pray that the softening of their traditional culture will soften their hearts so they will hunger for the truth and eagerly accept it when they hear it.Pray for a church planting movement among Moroccan Arabic speaking people in Western Sahara that will show others the transforming power of the gospel in their lives.Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches and discipleship movements among Diaspora Arabs in Western Sahara.


Profile Source:   JoshuaProject  

People Name General Moroccan, Arabic-speaking
People Name in Country Moroccan, Arabic-speaking
Natural Name Arabic-speaking Moroccan
Pronunciation moh-RAH-kuhn
Population this Country 8,800
Population all Countries 28,862,000
Total Countries 21
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group No
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Arabized Berber; Jemmari; Maghreb Arab; Maghrebi Arab; Maghrib Arab; Moroccan Arab; Moroccan Arab-Berber; Moroccan Arabized Berber
People ID 13819
ROP3 Code 106804

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Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (8,800 speakers)
Language Code ary   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Arabic, Moroccan Spoken (8,800 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 Bibles Online
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Moroccan Standard Translation
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
0.18 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.82 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
0.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
25.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
75.0 %
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Profile Source JoshuaProject  
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