Tamil (Muslim traditions) in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Labbai 1,059,000
Kayalan 7,900

Introduction / History

The Tamil Muslims are largely defined by their language, Tamil. They are drawn from various subgroups, especially the Syed, Sheikh, Labbai, Maraikkayar, and Rawuthar. The original of this community can be traced back to trading routes between South Asia and Middle East. Traders spread their routes through commercial interest in Indian and Sri Lanka. These merchants married local Tamil and Sinhalese women and are now mostly settled in the southern parts of Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Tamil Muslims in Sri Lanka are mainly businessmen and industrial workers. Some are in white-collar jobs, and others are engaged in embroidery work. Their relationships with other Tamil caste groups and the Hindu communities are cordial. Some members of the community are descendants of Tamil women and Arab traders. The Easter bombing in Sri Lanka in the year 2019, led to a lot of hatred towards the general Muslim population of the country. There were multiple riots and disagreements which led to a lot of disrespect and mistrust towards these people. However, with time, the Muslim population is slowly getting back to being involved with other groups of people outside of their caste groups.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces. As with most Muslims, the Tamil Muslims do not believe in Jesus Christ, his death or resurrection.


What Are Their Needs?

They need to understand that they are part of sinful humanity, in desperate need of the only savior.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Tamil Muslim people a willingness to accept the eternal blessings of Jesus Christ.

Pray for a movement that will bless the Tamil Muslim people with a relationship with Jesus Christ, who offers life to the full.

Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Tamil Muslim people.

Ask God to raise up Tamil Muslims who are more desirous to know the truth than to stay on the broad road.


Scripture Prayers for the Tamil (Muslim traditions) in Sri Lanka.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2019/07/17

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2010/09/20

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2006/09/26

https://theconversation.com/who-are-sri-lankas-muslims-115825


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2006-09-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2010-09-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-07-17
People Name General Tamil (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Tamil (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation TAH-mill
Population this Country 1,170,000
Population all Countries 4,605,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 4  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 23
Alternate Names Ceylon; Ceylon Tamil; Labbai; Madrasi; Maure, Ceylon; Sri Lankan Moor; Tamalsan; Thulukkan; तमिल (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 15234
ROP3 Code 109788
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Eastern
436,000
Western
207,000
Central
173,000
North Western
145,000
North Central
69,000
Sabaragamuwa
58,000
Northern
25,000
Southern
24,000
Uva
19,000
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 9
  Eastern 436,000
  Western 207,000
  Central 173,000
  North Western 145,000
  North Central 69,000
  Sabaragamuwa 58,000
  Northern 25,000
  Southern 24,000
  Uva 19,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (1,170,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (1,170,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2021)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources General / Other
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Finding Peace Create International
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Frisse82 - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more