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Rabari (Muslim traditions) in India

Rabari (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,100 Gujarati Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Rabari (Muslim traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The name “Rabari” translates to “outsider”, and there is a good reason. Traditionally the Rabari people were nomadic, outsiders to any settle community. They are noted for herding camels, and sometimes associated with the gypsies. They might have their origins in Iran and other parts of Central Asia, but no one knows for sure.

Traditionally all of them were Hindu, though a minority converted to Islam. People usually assume they are Hindu since the Muslims are such a small number.

Where are they located?
Muslim Rabari people in India live in Gujarat, a state that borders Pakistan. Other Muslim Rabaris live in Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
Rabari women have been noted for their fine embroidery for centuries. Girls learn embroidery at a young age and collect either the cloth or the money by selling it for their dowry. Rabari women do not have inheritance rights to parental property. They are mostly engaged in household work and looking after milk cows, etc. while the men tend to the livestock. However, women are closely involved with important family decisions.

Like most peoples in India, daughters do not have rights of inheritance; that is reserved for their brothers. The Rabaris have 133 subgroups. They only marry within their people group. They practice both child and adult marriage.

Most Rabari people are settled on the outskirts of town. They live semi-nomadic or settled lives now, unlike their ancestors who were completely nomadic.

What are their beliefs?
Muslim Rabari people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken 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.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Rabari 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 we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What are their needs?
The Rabari people, be they Hindu or Muslim, need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who can bless them with abundant life and eternal salvation from sin and death.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Muslim Rabari people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Rabari families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Rabari 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 Rabari family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17666/IN
https://kashgar.com.au/blogs/tribal-culture/rabari-people-of-northwest-india
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17666/PK
https://www.atlasofhumanity.com/rabari
http://indiahistoryspeaks.blogspot.com/2008/07/rabaris-of-kutch.html

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:1,100
Largest States:
Gujarat (1,100)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Rabari (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Rabari (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BhopaMogha
RahbariRaika
Vishotarराबरी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113108
Joshua Project People ID: 17666
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,100
Population all Countries: 10,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Rabari (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Gujarati (1,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): guj    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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1809-1965
New Testament:
1820-1985Audio
Complete Bible: 1823-2016
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 (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoCreation to Christ
Film / VideoFollowing Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterOneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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