Tamil (Muslim traditions) in Sri Lanka


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Subgroups: 2

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

Introduction

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

Pray for the Lord to raise up a strong disciple making movement to saturate the hearts and minds of this people group.


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.


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


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
World Population 4,348,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 5  (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 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Eastern
424,000
Western
201,000
Central
169,000
North Western
141,000
North Central
68,000
Sabaragamuwa
56,000
Northern
24,000
Southern
24,000
Uva
19,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Eastern 424,000
  Western 201,000
  Central 169,000
  North Western 141,000
  North Central 68,000
  Sabaragamuwa 56,000
  Northern 24,000
  Southern 24,000
  Uva 19,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (1,125,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Tamil (1,125,000 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  (1727-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
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 Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
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 %
Photo Source Frisse82  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
* Religion Values From latest Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.