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Mappila in Sri Lanka


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
11,000 Malayalam Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Mappila in Sri Lanka

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Introduction / History
The term mappilla is a combination of two words: maha, which means great and pilla, which is an endearing term that means child.

The Mappila people migrated from the Kerala coast. They came as Hindus, but later converted to Islam because of the work of an Arab Muslim missionary. These Muslim communities resulted from the unions of Arab sailors and merchants with local women.

Where are they located?
Most of the Muslim Mappila people live in India's Laccadive Islands, but a smaller number live in nearby Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
The Mappila people are one of the minority Muslim peoples on Sri Lanka, an island dominated by Buddhism and Hinduism.

Monogamy (one husband, one wife) prevails among the Mappila, in spite of the fact that Islam allows a man to have as many as four wives. They prefer cross cousin marriages, and marriages usually take place shortly after puberty. The man has true authority over his wife only if he stays with her until after all of her male relatives have died. He is then able to manage her property. A man has little authority over his children. Divorce is easy and common; over half of their marriages end in divorce.

What are their beliefs?
The Laccadive Mappila belong to the Shafite School of the Sunni branch of Islam. Their religion has the typical characteristics of Islamic beliefs and practices, in addition to certain local features that have developed according to their particular way of life. Every child has to read the Koran completely in Arabic at least once, but the meaning is not explained to them. Priesthood is inherited through the females.

What are their needs?
The Bible, the JESUS Film, and some Christian broadcasts are available in their Malayalam language; however, very few of the islanders have responded to the gospel. Prayer is the key to reaching them for Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Muslim Mappila people.
Pray for a movement of Mappila households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Mappila people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Mappila people.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-22
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Country: Sri Lanka
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:11,000
Largest Provinces:
Western (6,900)Eastern (1,600)
Central (1,000)North Western (600)
North Central (300)Uva (200)
Sabaragamuwa (100)Southern (100)
Northern (70)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mappila
People Name General: Mappila
Alternate People Names:
Jamma MappilaKaka
ROP3 Code: 112857
Joshua Project People ID: 17452
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 10,447,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Mappila
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Malayalam (11,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): mal    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1811-1968
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1841-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus video
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Malayalam
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
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Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible Gateway scripture
Text / Printed MatterBible: Malayalam
Text / Printed MatterChildren and youth resources
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Malayalam
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
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Mappila in Sri Lanka

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Mappila Sri Lanka    
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