Tamil (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
3,139,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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

Christians can communicate the Gospel of grace by using stories from Scripture, as well as films and recordings. Sustained prayer is needed to prepare hearts to understand and believe.


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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-04
People Name General Tamil (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Tamil (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 3,139,000
World Population 4,290,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 62
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Ceylon, Ceylon Tamil, Labbai, Madrasi, Maure, Ceylon, Sri Lankan Moor, Tamalsan, Thulukkan, तमिल (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 15234
ROP3 Code 109788
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Group Tamil (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN23c
Total Subgroups on file 4
Largest Subgroups
Labbai
2,776,000
Kayalan
12,000
Maraikayar Malaimar
1,200
Maraikayar Nahudas
1,200
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Tamil
People Group Tamil (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN23c
Total Subgroups 4
  Labbai 2,776,000
  Kayalan 12,000
  Maraikayar Malaimar 1,200
  Maraikayar Nahudas 1,200
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 25
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Tamil Nadu
2,520,000
Karnataka
374,000
Kerala
105,000
Andhra Pradesh
50,000
Puducherry
40,000
Maharashtra
35,000
Telangana
4,100
Delhi
2,000
Andaman and Nicobar
2,000
West Bengal
1,400
Uttar Pradesh
900
Jharkhand
800
Gujarat
800
Madhya Pradesh
800
Goa
400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 25  (only 20 largest shown)
  Tamil Nadu 2,520,000
  Karnataka 374,000
  Kerala 105,000
  Andhra Pradesh 50,000
  Puducherry 40,000
  Maharashtra 35,000
  Telangana 4,100
  Delhi 2,000
  Andaman and Nicobar 2,000
  West Bengal 1,400
  Uttar Pradesh 900
  Jharkhand 800
  Gujarat 800
  Madhya Pradesh 800
  Goa 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil (2,857,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Urdu
282,000
Malayalam
100
Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken
50
Bengali
40
Pashto, Northern
20
Other People Groups Speaking Tamil
Primary Language Tamil (2,857,000 speakers)
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 282,000
  Malayalam 100
  Arabic, Mesopotamian Spoken 50
  Bengali 40
  Pashto, Northern 20
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers 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 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)
General Bible Visuals
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
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 Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.




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