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|People Name:||Algerian, Arabic-speaking|
|Primary Language:||Arabic, Algerian Spoken|
|Christian Adherents:||0.60 %|
|Online Audio NT:||No|
|People Cluster:||Arab, Maghreb|
|Affinity Bloc:||Arab World|
The Arab Diaspora is the Arab population who live outside of North Africa and the Middle East. Most fled poverty and repression in Algeria to live in peaceful, prosperous France. Most Algerian Arabs continue to speak Algerian Arabic at home and French with others. The majority are taking advantage of the French education system to improve their lives and the future of their children.
The lives of the French Algerians are vastly superior to the one of the Arabs who live in the North Africa. Most French Arabs would fit into the lower or lower middle class of the nation as shop keepers, factory workers, construction workers, restaurant employees, and agricultural workers. As they gain more education and job skills they are moving into the middle and upper classes. Some Arab families send money or remittances to their relatives and friends in Algeria on a regular basis. Algerian Arab society is paternalistic. The husband controls the family with the wife and children submitting to his authority. Algerian Arab women in France are in a better position than those in North Africa. By becoming college educated in France, women are able to gain careers closed to them in Algeria. In traditional Arab culture the parents choose whom their child will marry. That is changing as more and more young people in France choose their own marriage partner. In general, Arab families have more children than other French citizens. Almost all French Algerians practice the Islam of their ancestors. Going to mosque on Fridays and the daily calls to pray continue to hold importance in the lives of Algerian Arabs. Others live more secular lives.
Most French Algerian Arabs are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son Ismael to Allah. More and more young Algerian people are becoming secularized in France. Their Islam is becoming more cultural rather than religious.
The Algerian Arabs of France must understand their good works will not get them right with God. God forgives sins and grants eternal life only through the death and resurrection of His Son Jesus or Isa. The Arabs need to see biblical Christianity as not just the Europeans' religion but as their own as well.
Ask God to open the spiritual eyes of the Algerian Arabs in France as they hear about Isa al Masih. Pray that the Lord sends French believers to build friendships with Arabs and tell them the good news about Jesus. Pray the Lord raises up a Disciple Making Movement among the Algerian Arabs in this decade. Pray that leaders in the French Arab community would be willing to investigate the claims of Christ.