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Sylhet (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

Sylhet (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
12,224,000 Sylheti Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Sylhet (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

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Introduction / History
Sylhet Muslims are an Indo-Aryan ethnocultural group associated with the Sylhet region in South Asia, specifically in northeast of Bengal presently divided between the Sylhet Division of Bangladesh, and the Karimganj district of Assam, India.

What are their lives like?
Sylhet weddings are celebrated as a combination of Muslim and Hindu traditions including unique Sylheti features. They contribute to development and continuity of social ties between families and villages. Every year the Sylhet community celebrates certain Islamic holidays. People dress in traditional clothing. They give their children money and the men offer special prayers. They visit their relatives later in the day and cook traditional food for relatives. Although Islam does not recognize castes, Sylheti Muslims also practice a system of social division.

What are their beliefs?
Sunni Islam is the major religion practiced by Sylhet in Bangladesh. 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, they must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times each day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca. 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.

What are their needs?
These people for whom Jesus laid down his life, need to know of Christ's provision for the penalty of their sins. There are Bible portions, the JESUS Film, and audio resources in the Sylheti language; however, someone must take them to the Muslim Sylhet people in Bangladesh. Who will do it?

Prayer Points
Pray that there will soon be a community of believers that will multiply into a movement to Christ. Pray for a Christ-ward movement to thrive among the Sylhet Muslim people in Bangladesh. Pray for this people group to recognize their own spiritual bankruptcy and come to Christ for the riches of his forgiveness.

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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:12,224,000
Largest Provinces:
Sylhet (9,512,000)Dhaka (1,701,000)
Chittagong (775,000)
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Linguistic Map:Ethnologue language map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sylhet (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Sylhet (Muslim traditions)
ROP3 Code: 109660
Joshua Project People ID: 22311
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 12,224,000
Population all Countries: 12,224,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Sylhet (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sylheti (11,928,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): syl    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bengali (420,000)Kok Borok (600)
Total Languages: 3
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
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
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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Sylhet (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

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    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Sylhet (Muslim traditions) Bangladesh    
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