Tamil Muslim in India







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


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

People Name General Tamil Muslim
People Name in Country Tamil Muslim
Population in India 2,910,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Ceylon, Ceylon Tamil, East Indian, Indian, Indian Tamil, Labbai, Madrasi, Maure, Ceylon, Sri Lankan, Tamalsan, Thulukkan
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Name General Tamil Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN23c
Country India
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil (2,459,000) Urdu (477,000) Malayalam (100) Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (50)
Bengali (40) Pashto, Northern (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Tamil 2,459,000 Urdu 477,000
Malayalam 100 Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken 50
Bengali 40 Pashto, Northern 20
Largest Religion Islam
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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