Riffians are a North African Berber tribe who belong to a much larger group of Berbers known as the Shilha. The Shilha Berbers are divided into three main groups: The Northern (Rif) Berber, the Southern (Sousi) Berber, and the Central (Beraber) Berber. The Rif Berbers are composed of 19 individual tribes.
The Arabic word rif means "the edge of the cultivated area" and aptly describes Riffian territory. Dwelling on the harsh slopes of the Rif Mountains in Morocco and Algeria, the Riffians inhabit a land of deserts, mountains and rolling fields. The Africans call this entire region Maghrib. Between 670 and 700 A.D., Muslim Arabs conquered the Maghrib.
In the mid-1940s, the Netherlands welcomed guest workers to their country from their former colonies like Indonesia. Between 1965-86, a large number of Moroccans (Rif Berbers, usually) arrived in the Netherlands as guest workers. Many of these people did not return to Morocco. In 1974, Moroccans were allowed to have their families join them in the Netherlands. Now they are settled there.
The vast majority of Rif Berbers live in Algeria and Morocco, but there is a diaspora in various European countries like the Netherlands and France.
There are a large number of Moroccan Rif Berbers in the Netherlands, so they are sometimes singled out as the people whom certain politicians view as a threat. Some of the Dutch would like to see them deported.
The Riffians are almost all Muslims, although their religious practices are based more on traditions and the decisions of the community rather than on the Koran (Islam's holy book). Riffian society is organized around two main systems: Islam and the tribe. However, there are many differences between urban and rural societies. In urban areas, orthodox Islam prevails; whereas, in rural areas, ancient beliefs and customs are still intermingled with the Muslim faith.
Many Riffians are searching for answers beyond Muslim fundamentalism. Those in Algeria and Morocco do not have the freedom to follow Christ, but those in the Netherlands do. However, the majority remain unreached, still needing an opportunity to hear that Jesus offers life to the full.
* Scripture Prayers for the Berber, Rif in Netherlands.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Rif Berbers in the Netherlands.
Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Rif Berber families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Rif Berber disciples to make more disciples.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2009-04-10|
|Riffians profile for Children and Family Missions Activities|
|People Name General||Berber, Rif|
|People Name in Country||Berber, Rif|
|Natural Name||Rif Berber|
|Population this Country||161,000|
|Population all Countries||1,883,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||3|
|Alternate Names||Beraber; Berber; Imazighen; Jebala; Northern Shilha; Northern Shilih; Rif; Rif Berber; Riff; Riffan Berber; Riffi; Riffi Berber; Riffian; Ruafa; Shilha, Northern; Shleuh; Tarifit|
Primary Language: Tarifit
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (2020)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
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|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching|
|Audio Recordings||Awar n Tudart, NT text and audio, Riffi Berber|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Online New Testament|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Portions|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio|
|Film / Video||God's Story video|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Tarifit|
|Film / Video||LUMO film of Gospels|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video|
|Film / Video||My Last Day video, anime|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Gospel resources links|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Tarifit|
|Text / Printed Matter||Rifi Berber Bible|
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|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|