Uregu Berber in Morocco

The Berber, Uregu have only been reported in Morocco
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Introduction / History

Berbers are divided by subgroup, yet the generic term that they prefer is Imazighen, meaning, "Free men." Freedom and independence is a high goal of these people, who are much better known as Berbers, a term meaning "barbarians" slapped on them by the Roman Empire. Today the term Berber is so well-engrained that people seldom know who they are without using this derogatory term. Berbers are ethnically mixed with Arabs and spread over the country. One of their subgroups is the Uregu tribe. They live in the southeastern part of Morocco.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Berber society is primarily made up of farmers and merchants. As with other descendants of Subsaharan Africa, the Uregu Berbers are sometimes marginalized within Moroccan culture. Close knit Berber clans adhere to traditional customs, giving communities a strong sense of identity and loyalty. Moroccan Berbers have been less violent than those in Algeria in their resistance to Arabization, but Berber calls to re-examine Moroccan society have grown louder. The strong Berber cultural and linguistic influence in Morocco has made this country stand out from Arab nations to their east.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Uregu Berbers are Sunni Muslims who believe that the One, Supreme God, 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, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. 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. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


Prayer Points

Pray for good schools and medical facilities in the Uregu Berber homeland. Pray for Uregu Berbers to tire of works-righteousness and crave a relationship with a sin-forgiving Savior. Pray for the Lord to give dreams and visions of the risen Christ to Uregu Berber elders. Pray this will be the decade of spiritual harvest in Morocco.


Scripture Prayers for the Berber, Uregu in Morocco.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Berber, Uregu
People Name in Country Berber, Uregu
Natural Name Uregu Berber
Pronunciation oo-RAY-goo
Population this Country 76,000
Population all Countries 76,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Black Moor; Feqqus; Sudani; Uregu Berber
People ID 10804
ROP3 Code 101277
Country Morocco
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 27  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, especially Middle and east High Atlas Mountains, adjacent valleys to Taza, Rabat area.   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Country Morocco
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 27  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Widespread, especially Middle and east High Atlas Mountains, adjacent valleys to Taza, Rabat area..   Source:  Ethnologue 2020
Primary Language Tamazight, Central Atlas (76,000 speakers)
Language Code tzm   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamazight, Central Atlas (76,000 speakers)
Language Code tzm   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamazight, Central Atlas

Primary Language:  Tamazight, Central Atlas

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1919-2020)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Bible-NT Audio Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions, NT
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamazight, Central Atlas
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel resources links
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.02 %)
0.02 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.98 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
11.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
11.0 %
Roman Catholic
78.0 %
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Map Source Bryan Nicholson / cartoMission  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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