Siddi, Muslim traditions in India

Joshua Project has identified the Siddi, Muslim traditions only in India






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

This people group is located mainly in three states -- namely Gujarat, Hyderabad,and Maharastra. Some also live at Goa and Bihar. Their origin is African -- specifically Nigerian -- but around 400 years ago they were traded as slaves by a Muslim king and they served as sailors. Their spoken language is Gujarati and they are known as badshah.

Where Are they Located?

They are located mainly in the state of Gujarat of India. They are mainly located in the Junagadh district of the Saurashtra region of the state of Gujarat. their village name is Sirvan and Janmbur. In these two vilages there are around 5,000 of them and both villages lie with in the range of Gir Forest National Park

What Are Their Lives Like?

They are a neglected community. Although they speak the Guajarati language, due to their different appearance they have been treated indifferently. Most of the men work on farms and in the forest. Women also work on the farms and also collect wood from the forest. Children barely get education up to middle school because their village is 12 km from the main connecting road and 21 km from the nearest town. Mostly their life is nomadic and their houses are made of mud and cow dung. They don't have a well-organized drinking water supply and no electricity. Most of them suffer with skin disease and many of the men are alcoholics.

What Are Their Beliefs?

By religion they are Muslim but generally they follow folk beliefs. They do not know much about Islam and even the Islamic community doesn't regard them as their own people. They are suffering from an identity crisis. They have a bad impression about Christian missionaries.

What Are Their Needs?

1. Education for children.
2. Primary health care.
3. Proper livelihood.
4. Water and electricity.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will send more workers.
* Pray that God will open doors for missionaries.
* Please pray for the School ministry that is being planned for them.
* Pray for the men and their bad habits of alcoholism.
* Pray for health improvements, especially for their skin diseases.

Profile Source:   Sagar Mekwan  

People Name General Siddi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Siddi, Muslim traditions
Population in India 12,000
World Population 12,000
Countries 1
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badsha, Chhatri, Gamtha, Habshi, Kafira, Kafshagar, Kafshahar, Kaphre, Katabu, Landa, Mahratta Siddi, Sudagadu Siddaru
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (11,000) Karnataka (300) Maharashtra (200) Daman and Diu (100)
Telangana (100) Bihar (30) Goa (0)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarat (11,000) Karnataka (300)
Maharashtra (200) Daman and Diu (100)
Telangana (100) Bihar (30)
Goa (0)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Gujarati (10,000) Urdu (400) Kannada (400) Marathi (200)
Kachchi (100) Hindi
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Gujarati 10,000 Urdu 400
Kannada 400 Marathi 200
Kachchi 100 Hindi 0
For Primary Language: Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1809-1965)
New Testament Yes   (1820-1985)
Complete Bible Yes   (1823-2005)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Gujarati Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project) Film / Video
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.46 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.54 %
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 %
Photo Source: Sagar Mek  
Profile Source: Sagar Mekwan  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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