Sayyid in India


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Subgroups: 27 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Qizwi 331,000
Zaidi 163,000
Bukhari 138,000
Jafri 62,000
Naqvi 42,000
Kuzaimi 34,000
Abidi 31,000
Mehdi 31,000
Taqwi 30,000
Mullah 23,000

Introduction / History

Sayyid ancestors migrated to India from different parts of Iran. The Sayyid are one of the larger segments of Muslims in India. The word literally means master; the closest English equivalent would be sir or lord. Some Muslims use the term sayyid for the descendants of Abu Talib, uncle of Mohammad.


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 and other Ashraf category Muslims.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sayyid can be found in both major sect divisions of the Shia and the Sunni. Many of them adhere to the more emotional and mystical Sufi form of Sunni Islam. Because of their position as religious teachers and priests they are considered 100% Muslim in each of the countries where their live.
As Muslims they 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.
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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sayyid may have an inadequate understanding of who Jesus truly is. However, because of the religious and political weight 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 become followers of Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) if Sayyid leaders came to know and trust Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray the followers of Christ that will soon be found in the Sayyid community will become well established in the faith, fully trusting in Christ for their eternal life and for power to live the present life. Pray they will live holy lives.
Pray for God's blessing, strengthening and healing of families and communities within the Sayyid people through the abundant life Jesus offers to all who call on his name.
Pray they will increasingly hunger to truly know and follow Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih).
Pray for Christian workers to build good relationships with the Sayyid people, friendships based upon trust.


Scripture Prayers for the Sayyid in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sayyid


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People Name General Sayyid
People Name in Country Sayyid
Pronunciation SAH-yeed
Alternate Names Barwar; Dayarewale; Ghair-e-mehdi; Mahadavia; Mashaikh; Mehdiwale; Mulla; Mushaik; Mushaq; Nadim Guruvulu; Pirzada; Saiyed; Saiyid; Sayad; Sayd; Sayyad; Syed; साइयिड
Population this Country 9,418,000
Population all Countries 18,156,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 188
People ID 18045
ROP3 Code 113540
ROP25 Code 307793
ROP25 Name Sayyid
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Muslim - Sayyid
People Group Sayyid
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 27 (only 15 largest shown)
  Qizwi 331,000
  Zaidi 163,000
  Bukhari 138,000
  Jafri 62,000
  Naqvi 42,000
  Kuzaimi 34,000
  Abidi 31,000
  Mehdi 31,000
  Taqwi 30,000
  Mullah 23,000
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 36
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
2,015,000
Maharashtra
1,521,000
Karnataka
1,034,000
Bihar
645,000
Rajasthan
644,000
West Bengal
630,000
Telangana
486,000
Andhra Pradesh
467,000
Madhya Pradesh
412,000
Gujarat
335,000
Tamil Nadu
280,000
Delhi
179,000
Assam
162,000
Jharkhand
147,000
Haryana
91,000
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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 36  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 2,015,000
  Maharashtra 1,521,000
  Karnataka 1,034,000
  Bihar 645,000
  Rajasthan 644,000
  West Bengal 630,000
  Telangana 486,000
  Andhra Pradesh 467,000
  Madhya Pradesh 412,000
  Gujarat 335,000
  Tamil Nadu 280,000
  Delhi 179,000
  Assam 162,000
  Jharkhand 147,000
  Haryana 91,000
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Urdu (6,143,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
588,000
Marwari (India)
157,000
Gujarati
144,000
Telugu
142,000
Tamil
131,000
Bhojpuri
108,000
Marathi
74,000
Kannada
71,000
Punjabi, Eastern
63,000
Dhundari
56,000
Assamese
28,000
Awadhi
17,000
Arabic, Mesopotamian
17,000
Maithili
16,000
Shekhawati
12,000
Primary Language Urdu (6,143,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 50
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 588,000
  Marwari (India) 157,000
  Gujarati 144,000
  Telugu 142,000
  Tamil 131,000
  Bhojpuri 108,000
  Marathi 74,000
  Kannada 71,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 63,000
  Dhundari 56,000
  Assamese 28,000
  Awadhi 17,000
  Arabic, Mesopotamian 17,000
  Maithili 16,000
  Shekhawati 12,000
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

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