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Mali (Muslim traditions) in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
17,000 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Mali (Muslim traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Mali people of India are known as growers of flowers and vegetables. The vast majority of Mali is Hindu. A sizable minority converted to Islam during the eras of the Delhi Sultanate and Moghul Empire. Most of the Muslim Mali moved to Pakistan during the Partition of 1947. A smaller group remained in India. The Muslim Mali are part of the sudra or the fourth caste of laborers. Some claim to be Rajputs although they are seen as sudras by the higher castes. Flowers and garlands play a large part in Hindu life ceremonies especially weddings. Muslims do not make flowers a big part of their life ceremonies. As a result, many Muslim Mali grow vegetables, sugarcane and lentils along with flowers.

The primary language of the Muslim Mali is Urdu. Educated Mali also speak English and other local languages. Many Christian resources exist in Urdu including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.

Where are they located?
The Muslim Mali people live throughout central India including the states of Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Rajasthan.

What are their lives like?
There is great variety in the lives of Muslim Mali. Educated Mali work in the professions while some Mali work as landlesss day laborers. Some Mali own the land they cultivate. Others work on the land own by other higher castes. Most Muslim Mali would fit into the Indian lower middle class.

Muslim Mali marry within their group, most of the time outside their clan. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit property with the eldest son receiving the family home and father's title. Most boys go on to a secondary education while the girls only receive a primary education. Illiteracy is a problem among the Mali people, which hinders their economic advancement. A caste council settles legal disputes and promotes their interests. Muslim Mali do not eat pork but will eat other types of meat. Their stable foods are rice and vegetables.

What are their beliefs?
Though most Mali people are Hindu, some are Sunni Muslim converts. Sunni Muslims believe that the one, 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 Fridays at a mosque, their place of worship.

What are their needs?
The Muslim Mali would benefit from access to modern medicine. Solar panels could help rural Mali. The children of Mali need to attend secondary schools, which lead to college. Agricultural experts could help the Mali with increased crop yields. Most of all, the Mali need to hear and respond to the message of Isa or Jesus. He alone can forgive their sin and get them right with the one, true God.

Prayer Points
Pray for workers to go to the Muslim Mali people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior.
Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Mali people with His presence and mercy.
Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.


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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:17,000
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (15,000)Uttarakhand (1,100)
Rajasthan (700)Gujarat (500)
Madhya Pradesh (100)Haryana (100)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mali (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Mali (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Dilliwal ShaikhPhulmali
Rani Maliमाली (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 114474
Joshua Project People ID: 18787
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 17,000
Population all Countries: 92,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Mali (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Urdu (13,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (400)Bhojpuri (400)
Gujarati (400)
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: 1747-1894
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1843-2022
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
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 RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Audio RecordingsUrdu Online Audio Bible
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version
Text / Printed MatterBible: Urdu
Text / Printed MatterBible: Urdu
Text / Printed MatterBible: Urdu
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Urdu
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Mali (Muslim traditions) in India

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      Mali (Muslim traditions) India    
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