Muslim Valmiki in India


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Introduction / History

The Valmiki are also called Balmiki. They are a caste of street sweepers with low status.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Valmiki people face discrimination from a young age. At school their children are given derisive names. They are treated like they cannot learn by public school teachers. Those who work in parks clean things up, then take a stroll in the park only to be told to leave either by high caste members or by the police. If they resist, the police will beat them. Valmiki women are sexually abused by high caste men. There is nothing they can do about it.
Since the root of these problems is in the Hindu based caste system, some Valmiki have changed to a different religion. Most commonly they become Buddhist, but others have adopted Islam or Sikhism.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Among the Valmiki of India are Sunni Muslims who 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.
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.
Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.
In most of the Muslim world, common 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 they live on a daily basis. For that reason, some Muslims appease spirits using charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces. More orthodox Muslims consider these practices heretical and un-Islamic.


What Are Their Needs?

The Valmiki people need to put their trust and identity in the hands of the loving God of Creation who sent his son to make it possible for them to enter the Kingdom of God.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Valmiki people to have the justice they need.
Pray for them to find their identity and sense of worth in the God who gave them life, and the savior who offers them life to the full.
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Valmiki people
Pray God will have mercy on the Valmiki, doing whatever it takes to place them in a position to receive him.
Ask God to open the hearts of the Valmiki to the gospel.


Scripture Prayers for the Valmiki (Muslim traditions) in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Valmiki_caste
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_ZiGyCwLSY


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Valmiki (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Valmiki (Muslim traditions)
Natural Name Muslim Valmiki
Pronunciation wahl-MEE-kee
Alternate Names Hela Bhangi
Population this Country 214,000
Population all Countries 304,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
People ID 22349
ROP3 Code 119348
ROP25 Code 308545
ROP25 Name Valmiki / Balmiki (SC)
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 13
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
105,000
Madhya Pradesh
48,000
Bihar
24,000
Maharashtra
19,000
Gujarat
6,100
West Bengal
4,000
Jharkhand
2,400
Karnataka
1,300
Uttarakhand
800
Jammu and Kashmir
400
Chhattisgarh
400
Telangana
300
Odisha
100
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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 13
  Uttar Pradesh 105,000
  Madhya Pradesh 48,000
  Bihar 24,000
  Maharashtra 19,000
  Gujarat 6,100
  West Bengal 4,000
  Jharkhand 2,400
  Karnataka 1,300
  Uttarakhand 800
  Jammu and Kashmir 400
  Chhattisgarh 400
  Telangana 300
  Odisha 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 Urdu (154,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
7,300
Bengali
4,300
Marathi
3,200
Maithili
1,900
Gujarati
1,800
Surjapuri
1,800
Marwari (India)
1,400
Awadhi
900
Sindhi
300
Kannada
300
Bundeli
200
Dogri
200
Kanauji
200
Odia
100
Magahi
70
Primary Language Urdu (154,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 7,300
  Bengali 4,300
  Marathi 3,200
  Maithili 1,900
  Gujarati 1,800
  Surjapuri 1,800
  Marwari (India) 1,400
  Awadhi 900
  Sindhi 300
  Kannada 300
  Bundeli 200
  Dogri 200
  Kanauji 200
  Odia 100
  Magahi 70
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2022)
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