People-in-Country Profile

People Selector:
Print version:
Step 1 - Select a Country:   Send us your updates!
Step 2 - Select a People:  

Chapparband (Muslim traditions) in India

Chapparband (Muslim traditions)

Send us a photo of this people.  [1]

Chapparband (Muslim traditions) in India map

Flash Map
Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,900 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Chapparband (Muslim traditions) in India

Profile Text
Submit Profile Text:

Introduction / History
The Muslim Chapparband are a small community who live in southwestern India. Their traditional occupation was building roofs for houses. All Chapparband were originally Hindus. Some Chapparband converted to Islam during the Mughal period. The Chapparband no longer practice their ancient profession of making thatched roofs. Today they are primarily landless agricultural workers and small shop owners. The primary language of the Chapparband Muslims is Urdu. Many Christian resources are available in Urdu including a complete Bible and the JESUS Film.

Where are they located?
This Muslim people group lives in Maharashtra and Karnataka states of India.

What are their lives like?
Many Chapparband work in the building trades as carpenters and masons. Some also work as fruit sellers and truck drivers.

Marriage to one spouse is the norm among the Chapparband although a man may have up to four wives is he can afford them. Families arrange marriages within the Chapparband people. Sons inherit their parents' property. Most Chapparband boys only receive a primary school education. Illiteracy is common among the women and girls. Most young people quit school after only a few years to work along side their parents in supporting their families. A caste association settles legal issues and promotes the interests of the group and enforces social norms.

What are their beliefs?
The Chapparband people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They 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 Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Chapparband 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 believe they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What are their needs?
The Chapparband need help in educating their children. Many rural Chapparband do not have access to modern medicine. Most of all, the Chapparband need to see that following the tenets of Islam will not get them right with a holy God. They must see that Isa or Jesus is much more than a prophet. Only He can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.

Prayer Points
Pray for gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Muslim Chapparband people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing their hearts would be open and ready to follow Him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Chapparband families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Muslim Chapparband people to become fruitful as they follow Christ.
Pray for the lives and culture of the Muslim Chapparband people to evidence the rule and reign of the Kingdom of God as they open to the gospel, and for the beauty of Jesus to be seen in them.


View Chapparband (Muslim traditions) in all countries.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-25
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-23
  Submit Update:
Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:6,900
Largest States:
Karnataka (4,000)Maharashtra (2,900)
Submit Map:
Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
Submit Update:
People Name in Country: Chapparband (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Chapparband (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
चप्परबंद (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 115488
Joshua Project People ID: 19199
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 6,900
Population all Countries: 6,900
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Chapparband (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
Submit Update:
Primary Language: Urdu (5,400 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marathi (400)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
Submit Update:
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
Submit Update:
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
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: 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 ...
Ministry Activity
Register Ministry Activity:
Networking: Visit for networking possibilities.
Description: Register your ministry activity among this people group. Contact the Adopt-A-People Clearinghouse and Unleashed for the Unreached to learn about others that might be focused on this people group.
Data Notes
Data Sources

Chapparband (Muslim traditions) in India

Global                 Global
  Affinity Bloc             Global  
People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Chapparband (Muslim traditions) India    
            People-by-Country (Profile)          
            Chapparband (Muslim traditions) in India          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Urdu  
    All Religions                              

Direct link: