Rajput Bais (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Rajput Bais or Baisa were originally Hindu warriors of the second highest Hindu caste of Kshatriya. Their name means "one who occupies the soil." As a reward for their military service, the Bais were given lands to cultivate. During the Mughal period (1526-1857) many of the Bais converted to Islam. This change of religion helped the Bais secure high positions in the Muslim emperor's government and military.

Today the Rajput Bais are Hindu and Muslim. Both groups enjoy a high status in Indian society. They occupy high places in Indian government, business and the military. They continue to own land. Many are wealthy. They encourage their children to attain university degrees. The less wealthy Rajput Bais work as middle class farmers and small businessmen. They speak Urdu as their primary language. They also speak other regional languages of where they live.


Where Are they Located?

The Rajputs of Muslim traditions live in the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengali. Others live across the central and northern states of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As Muslims the Rajput Bais believe that Muhammad was God's final prophet and that the Qur 'an is the Word of God. Their religion dominates all aspects of their lives. They do not eat pork.

Rajputs who have embraced Islam usually retain common social practices such as having their wives secluded (purdah). Those who are devout do their five daily ritual prayers, give alms to the poor, and go on the pilgrimage (haj) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslims from all communities come together on Friday afternoons to pray and hear a message at local mosques.

The Rajput Bais embrace the modern lifestyle of India with its medicine, education and conveniences. Sons inherit property. Parents arrange marriages although that practice is slowly changing. Young people are encouraged to marry within their religion and clan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajput Bais are Sunni Muslims, the dominant and majority branch of Islam. Besides attending their local mosques on Fridays, the Bais participate in the yearly Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the monthly fast of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha, which celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajputs Bais need to be humbled from their high position in society to see that they are sinners in need of the Savior. They need to see the love, mercy and grace of God lived out in a real way before them. They must see that the Bible not the Qur 'an is God's Word.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord opens the heart of the Rajput Bais to respond to God's word and truth in the midst of their busy lives.
Pray the Lord moves Indian Christians to befriend the Rajput Bais and share the good news with them.
Pray that growing churches are planted in the Rajput community.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Bais (Muslim traditions) in India.


References

joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20374/IN
globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/hindu-bais-rajputs/
globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Bais-People/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Rajput Bais (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput Bais (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation RAHJ-put bess
Alternate Names राजपूत, बाइस (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 112,000
Population all Countries 174,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 20231
ROP3 Code 115975
ROP25 Code 306917
ROP25 Name Rajput
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 6
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
107,000
Gujarat
1,800
Rajasthan
1,100
Jammu and Kashmir
800
Haryana
400
Punjab
100
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 6
  Uttar Pradesh 107,000
  Gujarat 1,800
  Rajasthan 1,100
  Jammu and Kashmir 800
  Haryana 400
  Punjab 100
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 Hindi (61,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Urdu
21,000
Bhojpuri
10,000
Gujarati
800
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Wagdi
500
Dogri
200
Kashmiri
200
Awadhi
90
Marwari (India)
70
Bundeli
60
Primary Language Hindi (61,000 speakers)
Language Code hin   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 21,000
  Bhojpuri 10,000
  Gujarati 800
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Wagdi 500
  Dogri 200
  Kashmiri 200
  Awadhi 90
  Marwari (India) 70
  Bundeli 60
People Groups Speaking Hindi

Primary Language:  Hindi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1811-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1818-2022)
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Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel 
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