The Mushunguli people are not ethnically Somali, but Bantu, a cluster of ethnic groups rooted in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Mushunguli probably descended from fugitive slaves who escaped from their Somali masters in northeast Tanzania around 1840. Many migrated to Somalia in search of security from the slave-trade. Mainstream Somalis look down upon them because of their slave origins. Traditionally, the Mushunguli were farmers, and they formed a "caste" group of Somali minorities known as the jareer or jirir.
Some attempt to grow crops so they can survive. They are often treated like slaves by the other Somalis.
Mushunguli people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the 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.
The Mushunguli people need the chance to choose the abundant life Jesus Christ alone offers.
Pray that peace would return to Somalis people buffeted by war and famine. Pray for their needs for clean water, a good livelihood and peace to come to the Mushunguli people in Somalia. Pray for the Lord to send them dreams and visions to turn their hearts to Jesus Christ. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Mushunguli people this decade.
Scripture Prayers for the Mushunguli in Somalia.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2012-01-13|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2014-01-14|
|Global Prayer Digest: 2019-01-24|
|People Name General||Mushunguli|
|People Name in Country||Mushunguli|
|Population this Country||35,000|
|Population all Countries||35,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||No|
|GSEC||0 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Baarawe; Gosha; Reer Goleed; Shambaara|
|Region||Africa, East and Southern|
|Persecution Rank||3 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Location in Country||Jubbada Hoose region: Jamaame district; urban areas Kismaayo and Muqdisho. Source: Ethnologue 2016|
|Language Code||xma Ethnologue Listing|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.20 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|