Dholi (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


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Introduction / History

The name of the Dholi people comes from the word dhol, meaning a type of drum. This is not surprising since they have always been drummers and musicians. The role of the dholi is to create rhythm and set the tempo for singing and dancing during festivals, weddings and religious events. Bengali Muslims view the dholi as a group that helps them maintain their traditions and culture.
Dholi Muslims, live in India. Specifically, they live in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and India's northeastern states. The majority of the Muslim Dholi live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They play drums during weddings and other festive occasions.
Most of them are now farmers. They still manage to make sure their sons and sometimes their daughters go to school at an earlier age. Their children usually work by the time they are 15, so education is limited.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Like other South Asian Muslims, the Dholis have kept some aspects of Hinduism in their form of Sunni Islam. In general terms, when Hindus of this region converted to Islam during the days of the Moghul Empire, they retained some Hindu beliefs that conflict with orthodox Islam.


What Are Their Needs?

The Dholi people, be they Hindu or Muslim, whether they live in India or Bangladesh, need to open their hearts to the blessings promised by the Lord of all.


Prayer Points

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Dholi communities.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Muslim Dholi people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel.
Pray for a movement of Dholi households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for the hearts of Dholi family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Scripture Prayers for the Dholi (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh.


References

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gbZi3DZtLFc
https://www.flickr.com/photos/ihossain/32611632754


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Dholi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Dholi (Muslim traditions)
Alternate Names Dafali; Dhuli; Dugla; Nagarchi; ढोली (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 63,000
Population all Countries 70,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17520
ROP3 Code 112938
ROP25 Code 302076
ROP25 Name Dholi
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Sylhet
44,000
Khulna
13,000
Dhaka
5,700
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Sylhet 44,000
  Khulna 13,000
  Dhaka 5,700
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sylheti (36,000 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali
25,000
Bishnupuriya
600
Assamese
500
Primary Language Sylheti (36,000 speakers)
Language Code syl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 25,000
  Bishnupuriya 600
  Assamese 500
People Groups Speaking Sylheti
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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