pronounced: ee-mah-zhee-AIR BURR-burr
Imazighen or Amazigh (singular) is the original ethnic group of the Maghreb region in North Africa, a.k.a. Berbers. These unique people continued to exist and maintain their traditions even after the invasion by Arabs bringing Islam. However, many of the Imazighen were forced to become Muslims and the majority of their descendants today are Muslims. There are some Imazighen who are making an active effort to achieve recognition of the "Moroccan Amazigh identity", but others are happy to live and mix with the Arabs in Morocco.
Following Jesus in Morocco is not an easy path. When someone becomes a Christian, there will almost certainly be pressure from family and society to return to Islam.
Many Imazighen are very disillusioned with Islam. They see how it has been used to bring in Arabic language and culture and squash their language and culture. They see also the dishonesty in Moroccan Islamic society. Pray that Imazighen will seek a better way to worship God and that they will find the truth in Jesus.
"Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you." 1 Peter 4:12
Pray that the hardships that God allows in the lives of believers in this people group do not discourage them.
There are many opportunities for Imazighen to hear the gospel: satellite programs, internet, local and foreign believers. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of Imazighen people and bring seekers into contact with Christian programs or believers. There are many opportunities for Imazighen to hear the gospel: satellite programs, internet, local and foreign believers. Pray for the Holy Spirit to open the hearts of Imazighen people and bring seekers into contact with Christian programs or believers.
|People Name||Imazighen Berbers|
|Language||Tamazight, Central Atlas|
|Online Audio NT||No|
|Christ Followers||Few, less than 2%|