Behlim in India

The Behlim have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Behlim are a Muslim people who live in north India. They are a sub-caste of the Rajputs. The word Rajput means "son of a king." The Behlim trace their origin back to a Sufi master who lived a thousand years ago. Behlim is a word meaning "those who know" in Arabic.

There are two distinct groups of Behlim in India. The western Behlim live in Gujarat. They speak Gujarati as their primary language. The smaller group of eastern Behlim lives in Uttar Pradesh. Their main language is Urdu.

The principal occupation of both groups of Behlim is working in agriculture. Some Behlim own the land they farm. Other Behlim work on land owned by other castes.
Some Behlim serve in the military forces of India. As Rajputs they are proud of their history of conquest, bravery and military might.


Where Are they Located?

The majority of the Behlim live in Gujarati while a smaller number lives in Uttar Pradesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Islam and the planting and harvesting cycles of the yearly monsoon dominate the lives of the Behlim.

The Behlim are not vegetarian but will not eat pork. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils and vegetables.

Families arrange the marriages of young people. The Behlim are open to marrying any similar caste Muslim. The newly married couple usually lives near the parents of the groom. Sons inherit property upon the death of the father. Important life rituals like births weddings and funerals are officiated by Muslims priests. The dead of the Behlim are buried.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Almost all Behlim are Sunni Muslims. Muslims attempt to follow he teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that they will gain entrance into heaven by practicing the Five Pillars of Islam. These include praying towards Mecca five times a day, attending Friday services at mosques, giving alms to the poor, fasting during the month of Ramadan and a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lifetime.

The two most significant holidays of the Behlim are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the holiday that recalls Abraham's wiliness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Are Their Needs?

The Behlim need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They must come to see that Jesus is much more than a human prophet. The Behlim would benefit by seeing the love and grace of Christ lived out in practical ways before them. Since many Behlim live in rural villages, they need help in educating their children and in receiving the blessings of modern medicine.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Lord opens the spiritual eyes of the Behlim to see Jesus or Isa is the Son of God.
* Pray for workers needed to sow God's Word into Behlim families, healing and strengthening households with God's blessings.
* Pray that God will overthrow spiritual forces of darkness opposing His gospel among the Behlim.


References

newpakhistorian.wordpress.com/tag/behlim-caste/
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Behlim
wikivisually.com/wiki/Behlim


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Behlim
People Name in Country Behlim
World Population 8,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bahlim, बहलिम
People ID 16371
ROP3 Code 111513
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 3
Largest States
Gujarat
7,700
Uttar Pradesh
300
Daman and Diu
60
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 3
  Gujarat 7,700
  Uttar Pradesh 300
  Daman and Diu 60
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujarati (7,300 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Urdu
700
Primary Language Gujarati (7,300 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 700
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
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 %
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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