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Dholi (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

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62,000 Sylheti Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Dholi (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
The name of the Dholi people comes from the word dhol, meaning a type of drum. This is not surprising since they have always been drummers and musicians. The role of the dholi is to create rhythm and set the tempo for singing and dancing during festivals, weddings and religious events. Bengali Muslims view the dholi as a group that helps them maintain their traditions and culture.
Dholi Muslims, live in India. Specifically, they live in Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, and India's northeastern states. The majority of the Muslim Dholi live in Bangladesh.

What are their lives like?
They play drums during weddings and other festive occasions.
Most of them are now farmers. They still manage to make sure their sons and sometimes their daughters go to school at an earlier age. Their children usually work by the time they are 15, so education is limited.

What are their beliefs?
Like other South Asian Muslims, the Dholis have kept some aspects of Hinduism in their form of Sunni Islam. In general terms, when Hindus of this region converted to Islam during the days of the Moghul Empire, they retained some Hindu beliefs that conflict with orthodox Islam.

What are their needs?
The Dholi people, be they Hindu or Muslim, whether they live in India or Bangladesh, need to open their hearts to the blessings promised by the Lord of all.

Prayer Points
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Dholi communities.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Muslim Dholi people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel.
Pray for a movement of Dholi households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for the hearts of Dholi family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2020-12-13
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Country: Bangladesh
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:30 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:62,000
Largest Provinces:
Sylhet (43,000)Khulna (12,000)
Dhaka (5,600)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Dholi (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Dholi (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
ढोली (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112938
Joshua Project People ID: 17520
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 62,000
Population all Countries: 69,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Dholi (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sylheti (36,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): syl    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (25,000)Bishnupuriya (600)
Assamese (500)
Total Languages: 4
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1993
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sylheti
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterBible: Sylheti
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Dholi (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

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