Shershabdia (Muslim traditions) in India

Shershabdia (Muslim traditions)
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People Name: Shershabdia (Muslim traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 41,000
World Population: 43,800
Primary Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


A community of Muslim carpenters, part of the Saifi in the Muslim caste-system, are called Badhi. Though the Hindi tradition states descent from deity, the Muslim tradition claims descent from early Muslim settlers in northern India. More likely, they are Muslim converts from the Hindu Badhi caste. Many present-day Badhi have moved into farming or agricultural labor. Though the settlements where they live may be populated by multiple castes or religions, the Muslim Badhi occupy their own quarters. There is very little interaction between the Badhi and other Muslim groups, despite close proximity. Even intermarriage with other groups is almost non-existent.

Ministry Obstacles

Muslims are taught at an early age that Christianity is based on a corrupted Bible, so they must rely on the teachings of the Koran.

Outreach Ideas

The Badhi speak Urdu, a language that has many gospel materials. These they can obtain at home through their cell phones.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Badhi people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Badhi people to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project