Rayeen (Muslim traditions) in India


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

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Mewafarosh 5,500

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Introduction / History

The Kunjra (or Rayeen) of India are one of several unengaged people groups in the east Indian state of Bihar. The east Indian state of Bihar has 15 million Muslims with no one working long-term to reach them. Depending on their location, they speak either Bengali, Urdu, or Maitili. Belonging to one of the backward, or lower castes, their hereditary societal status is defined by their occupation as vegetable growers and sellers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

If you lived in India, there is a good chance that you would be buying your produce from members of the Rayeen community. They work as transporters of produce from the farms to the marketplace. In order to be sure they can make a profit selling the produce, they must negotiate prices with the farmers. They have a reputation for being a friendly and outgoing people who enjoy family life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kunjra people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make idols. 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. Because of their Islamic beliefs the Kunjra have faced oppression from Hindus, which has prompted many of them to migrate outside the state of Bihar.


What Are Their Needs?

In 2008 a dam broke that caused catastrophic flooding in Bihar. It is hard for outsiders to get in and stay long term to help the Kunjra. Most likely, teams who go with business skills and the ability to create jobs will be well received. Most of all the Kunjra need to hear and understand the good news about Jesus or Isa. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rayeen (Muslim traditions) in India.

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Rayeen people a desire for the truth of the Word of God. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Rayeen people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Rayeen people to help them with their spiritual and physical needs.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-09-20
People Name General Rayeen (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rayeen (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation rain
Population this Country 972,000
Population all Countries 1,067,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 19
Alternate Names Kunjada; Kunjra; Mewa Farosh; Raie; Rayeen; Sabifarosh; Sabz Farosh; Sabzfarosh; राईं (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17328
ROP3 Code 112710
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Bihar
513,000
Uttar Pradesh
404,000
Madhya Pradesh
26,000
West Bengal
23,000
Jharkhand
3,500
Uttarakhand
2,200
Maharashtra
400
Odisha
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Bihar 513,000
  Uttar Pradesh 404,000
  Madhya Pradesh 26,000
  West Bengal 23,000
  Jharkhand 3,500
  Uttarakhand 2,200
  Maharashtra 400
  Odisha 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (832,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
68,000
Bengali
26,000
Maithili
18,000
Magahi
6,700
Angika
4,600
Awadhi
4,300
Bundeli
1,400
Bagheli
700
Kanauji
600
Braj Bhasha
200
Garhwali
200
Kumaoni
40
Malvi
30
Primary Language Urdu (832,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 68,000
  Bengali 26,000
  Maithili 18,000
  Magahi 6,700
  Angika 4,600
  Awadhi 4,300
  Bundeli 1,400
  Bagheli 700
  Kanauji 600
  Braj Bhasha 200
  Garhwali 200
  Kumaoni 40
  Malvi 30
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2007)
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Mohammad Faraz 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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