Rayeen (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
59,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Rayeen are also known as the Raysipotra. The Raysipotra are a large Indian Muslim people, referred to as the sons (potra) of Raysi. The Raysi are said to have descended from a Sindh community of Pakistan. The Rayeen are today referred to as a cow-herding community. The Rayeen live in India, Bangladesh and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The nomadic life of cow-herding is known to continue for many Rayeen even today, especially in India. In Nepal the Rayeen will likely be found in agriculture and other labour jobs. They live all over the Terai region of Nepal and tend to speak the Maithili and Urdu languages. They marry mainly among their clan cousins and follow closely the laws and rites of Islam. It is said that they usually name their child within a day of birth. Divorce is not allowed and they are not vegetarian. Their staple foods are bajra and wheat roti.


What Are Their Needs?

Today the Rayeen are understood to be 100% Muslim virtually everywhere that they are found in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. Because they interact with nearly any other cattleherding or breeding people any significant work among this group would move naturally throughout the Rayeen to other groups. Pray that the Gospel could be proclaimed among the Rayeen for the first time in many districts of Nepal and India.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  
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People Name General Rayeen (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rayeen (Muslim traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 59,000
World Population 1,108,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kunjada, Kunjra, Mewa Farosh, Raie, Rayeen, Sabifarosh, Sabz Farosh, Sabzfarosh, राईं (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17328
ROP3 Code 112710
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
(16,000)
Rajshahi
(14,000)
Chittagong
(10,000)
Rangpur
(8,100)
Khulna
(3,900)
Barisal
(3,800)
Sylhet
(3,200)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Dhaka (16,000)
  Rajshahi (14,000)
  Chittagong (10,000)
  Rangpur (8,100)
  Khulna (3,900)
  Barisal (3,800)
  Sylhet (3,200)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (47,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
(3,300)
Sylheti
(2,600)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (47,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian (3,300)
  Sylheti (2,600)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
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 Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Mohammad Faraz 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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