Tamil Muslim traditions in Sri Lanka






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Tamil Muslims are largely defined by their language, Tamil. They are drawn from various subgroups, especially the Syed, Sheikh, Labbai, Maraikkayar, and Rawuthar. They are mainly businessmen and industrial workers. Some are in white-collar jobs and some are engaged in embroidery work. Their relation with the other Tamil caste groups and the Hindu communities is cordial. Some members of the community are descendants of Tamil women and Arab traders.

Ministry Obstacles

To follow Jesus within a Muslim community is to risk much that is important in life. Family, friends, and status are included in what is at risk.

Outreach Ideas

Christians can communicate the Gospel of grace by using stories from Scripture, as well as films and recordings. Sustained prayer is needed to prepare hearts to understand and believe.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Although there may be no followers of Jesus among the Tamil Muslim community today, pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will grow in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, learning to live in the power of the Lord's Spirit. Pray they will be without any kind of impurity, or greed.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Tamil Muslims to live in peace with their neighbors, and be able to care adequately for their families. Pray for employment opportunities.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-20
People Name General Tamil Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Tamil Muslim traditions
Population in Sri Lanka 1,289,000
World Population 4,267,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ceylon, Ceylon Tamil, Labbai, Madrasi, Maure, Ceylon, Sri Lankan Moor, Tamalsan, Thulukkan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Tamil Muslim traditions
Ethnic Code CNN23c
People ID 15234
Country Sri Lanka
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 44  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Languages & Dialects on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Tamil (1,289,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 1,289,000
For Primary Language: Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1714-1956)
New Testament Yes   (1715-1998)
Complete Bible Yes   (1727-2002)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Old Version Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
General Ministry Resources Audio Recordings
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Tamil Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture (Talking Bibles) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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