Silawat (Muslim traditions) in India

The Silawat (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The word sila means stone and they do stone work. Traditionally they were stone masons and builders. The Silawats speak the Marwari form of Rajasthani. Many also speak Urdu, the trade language of Pakistan, which is also commonly spoken by Muslims in India. Though there are Christian resources in their languages, few believers if any have tried to reach them for Christ.

Where Are they Located?

Muslim Silawat people live in Pakistan, and also in India's western states of Rajasthan and Maharashtra.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Silawat people are usually either farmers or stone masons. They send their children to school but they have a low literacy level, so the gospel will need to be given in oral form. They do not intermarry with other communities.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Muslim Silawat people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken 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.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Silawat 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. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What Are Their Needs?

The Silawat people, be they Hindu or Muslim, need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who can bless them with abundant life and eternal salvation from sin and death.

Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Silawat people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Silawat people with his presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Silawat people.

Scripture Prayers for the Silawat (Muslim traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Silawat (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Silawat (Muslim traditions)
Alternate Names Chejara; Karaigar; Kumar; Malvi; Maru; Rajkumar; Sangtarash; सिलवट (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 2,500
Population all Countries 2,500
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17680
ROP3 Code 113125
ROP25 Code 307517
ROP25 Name Silawat
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Rajasthan 2,400
  Maharashtra 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Marwari (India) (900 speakers)
Language Code rwr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Marwari (India) (900 speakers)
Language Code rwr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 800
  Dhundari 300
  Mewari 80
  Shekhawati 60
People Groups Speaking Marwari (India)

Primary Language:  Marwari (India)

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1815-1867)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-2023)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Marwari Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.

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