Chapparband (Muslim traditions) in India

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

Introduction / History

The Muslim Chapparband are a small community who live in southwestern India. Their traditional occupation was building roofs for houses. All Chapparband were originally Hindus. Some Chapparband converted to Islam during the Mughal period. The Chapparband no longer practice their ancient profession of making thatched roofs. Today they are primarily landless agricultural workers and small shop owners. The primary language of the Chapparband Muslims is Urdu. Many Christian resources are available in Urdu including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.

Where Are they Located?

This Muslim people group lives in Maharashtra and Karnataka states of India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Chapparband work in the building trades as carpenters and masons. Some also work as fruit sellers and truck drivers.

Marriage to one spouse is the norm among the Chapparband although a man may have up to four wives is he can afford them. Families arrange marriages within the Chapparband people. Sons inherit their parents' property. Most Chapparband boys only receive a primary school education. Illiteracy is common among the women and girls. Most young people quit school after only a few years to work along side their parents in supporting their families. A caste association settles legal issues and promotes the interests of the group and enforces social norms.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chapparband people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, 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, peoples like the Chapparband 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 believe they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What Are Their Needs?

The Chapparband need help in educating their children. Many rural Chapparband do not have access to modern medicine. Most of all, the Chapparband need to see that following the tenets of Islam will not get them right with a holy God. They must see that Isa or Jesus is much more than a prophet. Only He can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points

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

* Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Muslim Chapparband people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Chapparband families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the spiritual lives of the Muslim Chapparband people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
* Pray for the lives and culture of the Muslim Chapparband people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-23
People Name General Chapparband (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Chapparband (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 5,800
Population all Countries 5,800
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Capparbasi; Chapparband; Chapparbanda; Chapparbasi; चप्परबंद (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 19199
ROP3 Code 115488
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 2
Largest States
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 2
  Karnataka 3,400
  Maharashtra 2,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (5,400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Urdu (5,400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Marathi 400
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2007)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (Global Recordings Network)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (Faith Comes By Hearing)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links (Scripture Earth)
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
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. Read more


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