Sayyid in India






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Sayyid are one of the larger segments of Muslims in India. The word literally means "master"; the closest English equivalent would be "sir" or "lord". Some Muslims use the term sayyid for the descendants of Abu Talib, uncle of Muhammad. Sayyid ancestors migrated to India from different parts of Iran.

Ministry Obstacles

The Sayyid may have an inadequate understanding of who Jesus truly is, the Son of God, deity.

Outreach Ideas

Christian workers need to build good relationships with the Sayyid people, friendships based upon trust.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

Pray the followers of Christ that will soon emerge from the Sayyid community will become well established in the faith, fully trusting in Christ for their eternal life and for power to live the present life. Pray they will live holy lives.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Sayyid community will increasingly hunger to truly know and follow Isa (Jesus) as he is referred to in the Koran.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sayyid
People Name in Country Sayyid
Population in India 7,171,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mashaikh, Mulla, Mushaq, Nadim Guruvulu, Pirzada
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Sayyid
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 28  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution rankinging, )
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu (5,577,000) Bengali (394,000) Telugu (167,000) Gujarati (124,000)
Marwari (124,000) Tamil (123,000) Bhojpuri (88,000) Kannada (85,000)
Marathi (78,000) Panjabi, Eastern (60,000) Dhundari (54,000) Merwari (32,000)
Assamese (21,000) Awadhi (21,000) Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken (20,000) Oriya (19,000)
Maithili (18,000) Shekhawati (15,000) Mewari (13,000) Chhattisgarhi (12,000)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 5,577,000 Bengali 394,000
Telugu 167,000 Gujarati 124,000
Marwari 124,000 Tamil 123,000
Bhojpuri 88,000 Kannada 85,000
Marathi 78,000 Panjabi, Eastern 60,000
Dhundari 54,000 Merwari 32,000
Assamese 21,000 Awadhi 21,000
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken 20,000 Oriya 19,000
Maithili 18,000 Shekhawati 15,000
Mewari 13,000 Chhattisgarhi 12,000
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Category Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCB
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Urdu Language Film
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Fathers Love Letter
Scripture Bible-in-Your-Language
Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-11

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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