Bhangi Lal Begi (Muslim traditions) in India

The Bhangi Lal Begi (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bhangi Lal Begi are a caste of street sweepers, scavengers and latrine cleaners. They live across north and central India. Since these activities are considered as polluting, the Lal Begi are marginalized in Indian society. Other castes see the Bhangi are Dalits, those outside of the Hindu caste system. The Lal Begi receive public jobs and special university admissions. Some Lal Begi have taken jobs as landless agricultural workers.

The main language of the Bhangi is Urdu. They also speak other regional languages. Many Christian resources are available in Urdu.


Where Are they Located?

This Muslim community is scattered throughout northern and central India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

How would you like to clean out clogged sewers for a living? That is the lot of many Lal Begi. Because of their distasteful jobs, they are excluded from many parts of Hindu and Muslim society. Many of their children do not attend school because of the roles their fathers perform. Not being able to read or write perpetuates the tragic condition of Bhangi lives. They are endogamous meaning that they marry within their own group. Few if any Indian Muslims would want their son or daughter to marry into a Bhangi family.

Due to their poverty, the Bhangi only eat meat on special occasions. As Muslims, they will not eat pork. Their main foods are rice, lentils and vegetables.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Muslims in India are usually converts from Hinduism. They often have pre-Islamic beliefs mixed in with their devotion to Allah. The Bhangi people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. Muslims are also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, stealing, slander, and make idols.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Are Their Needs?

The Bhangi have many needs. They need education for their children. They need to learn new job skills. They need access to modern medicine. Most of all, the Bhangi need to hear and respond to the message of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and give them hope for a better life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Bhangi Lal Begi (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Bhangi Lal Begi people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Bhangi Lal Begi families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Bhangi Lal Begi families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Bhangi Lal Begi family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lal_Begi
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmiki_caste


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Bhangi Lal Begi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Bhangi Lal Begi (Muslim traditions)
World Population 8,700
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names भंगी लाल बेगी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 21316
ROP3 Code 118150
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 9
Largest States
Madhya Pradesh
3,300
Bihar
1,600
Uttar Pradesh
1,600
Maharashtra
1,000
West Bengal
700
Jharkhand
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Telangana
60
Karnataka
40
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 9
  Madhya Pradesh 3,300
  Bihar 1,600
  Uttar Pradesh 1,600
  Maharashtra 1,000
  West Bengal 700
  Jharkhand 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Telangana 60
  Karnataka 40
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (7,700 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bengali
600
Bhojpuri
200
Hindi
200
Maithili
40
Marathi
30
Primary Language Urdu (7,700 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 600
  Bhojpuri 200
  Hindi 200
  Maithili 40
  Marathi 30
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
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 Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
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 Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
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 Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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