Rayeen, Muslim in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Rayeen are also known as the Raysipotra. The Raysipotra are a large Indian Muslim people, referred to as the sons (potra) of Raysi. The Raysi are said to have descended from a Sindh community of Pakistan. The Rayeen are today referred to as a cow-herding and cattle-breeding community. The Rayeen live in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The nomadic life of cow-herding is known to continue for many Rayeen even today, especially in India. In Nepal the Rayeen will likely be found in agriculture and other labour jobs. They live all over the Terai region of Nepal and tend to speak the Maithili and Urdu languages. They marry mainly among their clan cousins and follow closely the laws and rites of Islam. It is said that they usually name their child within a day of birth. Divorce is not allowed and they are not vegetarian. Their staple foods are bajra and wheat roti.

What Are Their Needs?

Today the Rayeen are understood to be 100% Muslim virtually everywhere that they are found in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Because they interact with nearly any other cattleherding or breeding people any significant work among this group would move naturally throughout the Rayeen to other groups. Pray that the Gospel could be proclaimed among the Rayeen for the first time in many districts of Nepal and India.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-12
People Name General Rayeen, Muslim
People Name in Country Rayeen, Muslim
Population in Nepal 4,100
World Population 1,044,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Kunjada, Kunjra, Mewa Farosh, Raie, Rayeen, Sabifarosh, Sabz Farosh, Sabzfarosh
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Rayeen, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17328
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (900) Janakpur (800) Sagarmatha (700) Bheri (600)
Kosi (500) Lumbini (300) Mechi (100) Bagmati (80)
Gandaki (30) Rapti (20)
Total States on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (900) Janakpur (800)
Sagarmatha (700) Bheri (600)
Kosi (500) Lumbini (300)
Mechi (100) Bagmati (80)
Gandaki (30) Rapti (20)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (2,300) Maithili (900) Bhojpuri (800) Awadhi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 2,300 Maithili 900
Bhojpuri 800 Awadhi
For Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Urdu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: UGV Devanagari Text / Printed Matter
Bible: اردو جیو ورژن Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Urdu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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0.0 %
Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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