Siddi (Muslim traditions) in India

The Siddi (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Muwallad 1,200
Wilaiti 1,200

Introduction / History

The Siddi people group is located mainly in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Some also live at Goa and Bihar. Their origin is African -- specifically Nigerian -- but around 400 years ago they were traded as slaves by a Muslim king and they served as sailors. Their main spoken language is Gujarati. The Siddi are mostly located in the Saurashtra Region of the state of Gujarat. Their village names are Sirvan and Janmbur. In these two villages there are around 5,000 Siddi. Both villages lie within the area of the Gir Forest National Park.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Siddi are a neglected community. Although they speak the Guajarati language, due to their different appearance they have been discriminated against. Most of the men work on farms and in the forest. Women also work on the farms and also collect firewood. Children often quit school early for two reasons:to help their parents earn a living and the nearest middle school is 12 km away. Most live semi-nomadic lives. Their houses are made of mud and cow dung. The Siddi often lack access to modern medicine, electricity and clean water. Many of them suffer from skin diseases. Unfortunately, many of the men have alcohol abuse issues.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are officially Muslims, but they actually follow folk beliefs more than Islam. They do not know much about Islam and even the larger Islamic community does not regard them as true Muslims. The Siddi believe that spirits inhabit the objects of nature such a rocks, trees, rivers and mountains. These evil spirits must be appeased or they can bring disaster upon the Siddi. The Siddi have not been open to the efforts of Christian missionaries.


What Are Their Needs?

The Siddi need good, local schools for their children. They need access to clean water, electricity and modern medicine. Most of all they need to understand that Jesus or Isa is not merely a human prophet. As the Son of God and the Savior of the world, He alone can forgive their sins and grant them abundant life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Siddi (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray that God will send more workers to help the Siddi with their spiritual and physical needs. * Pray that God will open doors for missionaries to come to live with the Siddi. * Pray for God-honoring methods for Siddi men to overcome their alcoholism. * Ask the Lord is begin a disciple making movement among the Siddi in this decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Siddi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Siddi (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 14,000
Population all Countries 14,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Badsha; Chhatri; Gamtha; Habshi; Kafira; Kafshagar; Kafshahar; Kaphre; Katabu; Landa; Mahratta Siddi; Sudagadu Siddaru; सिद्दी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18795
ROP3 Code 114483
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Gujarat
9,400
Karnataka
3,400
Maharashtra
200
Daman and Diu
100
Telangana
100
Goa
50
Bihar
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Gujarat 9,400
  Karnataka 3,400
  Maharashtra 200
  Daman and Diu 100
  Telangana 100
  Goa 50
  Bihar 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujarati (7,300 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kannada
3,300
Urdu
600
Marathi
200
Kacchi
30
Primary Language Gujarati (7,300 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kannada 3,300
  Urdu 600
  Marathi 200
  Kacchi 30
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
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 Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India)
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.
Photo Source Sagar Mek 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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