Sayyid in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Sayyid or Syed are among the largest Muslim communities in South Asia, but there are not many in Sri Lanka. They are said to trace their lineage directly back to the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad himself, Syed-un-Nisa Fatima Zehra. The Sayyid in South Asia came by sea over 600 years ago.


Where Are they Located?

There are large populations of Sayyid in India, Bangladesh and Pakistan. Smaller numbers live in Nepal and Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sayyid occupy the highest of social class among Muslims. They are traditionally the priests and religious teachers of the Muslim communities. More recently they can be found in a host of government service, teaching and business occupations. They marry mainly among their own clans.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sayyid are 100 percent Sunni Muslim. They are very serious about their religion and very dedicated to seeing others remain in the Islamic fold. Because of their position as religious teachers and priests they are considered 100% Muslim in each of the countries where their live. The Sayyid can be found in both major sect divisions of the Shia and the Sunni.


What Are Their Needs?

Because of the shear religious and political weight that the Sayyid carry in their respective communities, a transformed Sayyid leader for Christ could have influence like that of "Paul" in his day. Whole districts could be convinced to be followers of Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) if Sayyid leaders came to know and trust the truth. Pray for dreams and visions among these people.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sayyid in Sri Lanka.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Sayyid in Sri Lanka.
* Pray for the Sayyid people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Sayyid people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Sayyid disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Sayyid communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18045/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18045/PK
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2016/10/15
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2015/08/17
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2013/08/11
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2007/10/26


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sayyid
People Name in Country Sayyid
Pronunciation SAH-yeed
World Population 17,132,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Barwar; Dayarewale; Ghair-e-mehdi; Mahadavia; Mashaikh; Mehdiwale; Mulla; Mushaik; Mushaq; Nadim Guruvulu; Pirzada; Saiyed; Saiyid; Sayad; Sayd; Sayyad; Syed; साइयिड
People ID 18045
ROP3 Code 113540
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Eastern
13,000
Western
10,000
Central
9,000
North Western
7,200
North Central
3,500
Sabaragamuwa
2,600
Northern
1,300
Southern
1,200
Uva
1,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Eastern 13,000
  Western 10,000
  Central 9,000
  North Western 7,200
  North Central 3,500
  Sabaragamuwa 2,600
  Northern 1,300
  Southern 1,200
  Uva 1,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bengali Punjabi, Eastern Telugu
Urdu
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bengali
  Punjabi, Eastern
  Telugu
  Urdu
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
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 Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  Create International  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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