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Bayad in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
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Bayad in India

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Introduction / History
The Bayad are a small indigenous group of Sunni Muslims who live in the western Indian state of Gujarat. Most live in or near to a town in Gujarat named Bayad. The Bayad were originally Rajput Hindus. They converted to Islam during the time of the Muslim conquest of west India. The Bayad first lived in Rajastan and moved to Gujarat about 500 years ago. During the Partition of 1947 many Bayad moved to Pakistan and are settled in the districts of Sanghar and Badn.
The primary occupation of the Bayad men was military service in the army of the princely state of Kutch. Most of the men who do not join the military work in agriculture. The men along with many women work on small to medium size farms which they own.

The primary language of the Bayad is Kacchi. Many Bayad also speak Gujarati so they can communicate with others. Few Christian resources exist in Kacchi while many are available in Gujarati.

Where are they located?
The Bayad people live in India's western state of Gujarat near the towns of Bayad and Ansar.

What are their lives like?
The Bayad tend to marry within their group but sometimes they will marry someone within the larger Muslim Samma peoples.
The Bayad earn their living by selling their crops and milk from their goats, buffalo and cattle. A caste council promotes their interests and settles any legal disputes within the community. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family upon his father's death. Most marriages are to one spouse even though a Muslim man can have up to four wives if he can afford them. The Bayad eat meat except for pork. Their main foods are rice, wheat, vegetables and dairy products.

What are their beliefs?
The Bayad 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 Bayad 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 Bayad would benefit by learning new job skills. Most Bayad have access to modern medicine but not all. The Bayad need most of all to hear and understand the message of Isa, Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Bayad family and community leaders to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Bayad people.
Pray that soon the Bayad people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.


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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:700
Largest States:
Gujarat (700)
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People Name in Country: Bayad
People Name General: Bayad
Alternate People Names:
बायड (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111488
Joshua Project People ID: 16350
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 700
Population all Countries: 700
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Bayad
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Kacchi (700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): kfr    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: 2013
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Kacchi
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Bayad in India

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