Halwai (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: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Kanaujia 172,000
Kuri 136,000
Badshahipuria Unknown

Introduction / History

The Halwais get their name from the word halwa which is a “sweetmeat made from sugar, flour and butter.” The Halwais are famous as a caste of confectioners and sweet shop owners. A large majority of Halwais are Hindus but some in India are Muslims.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Halwais still maintain their occupation in many places of India and Nepal as sweet shop owners and sellers of sweets and sometimes tobacco. Because their halwa is often eaten at weddings and festivals they tend to have a relatively high social status. The smaller Muslim Halwai however can be found in any number of service or labor jobs.

The Halwai follow the birth, death and marriage traditions of Sunni Muslims. The Maulvi is the name of the spiritual leader who performs those religious rites.


What Are Their Needs?

Once again ministry among the Hindu Kalwai population has had success in recent years but among the small number of Muslims there is often no work. In India families have shown interest in school-based development programs. Perhaps Muslim-friendly community development projects could benefit this and other Muslim communities.


Prayer Points

Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Muslim Halwai communities.

Pray for the Halwai people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.

Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Halwai people to change their society from within.

Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.


Scripture Prayers for the Halwai (Muslim traditions) in India.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Halwai


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Halwai (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Halwai (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation hahl-WYE
Population this Country 204,000
Population all Countries 229,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Methai Walas; हलवाई (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17551
ROP3 Code 112974
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 2
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
197,000
Uttarakhand
5,100
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 2
  Uttar Pradesh 197,000
  Uttarakhand 5,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (161,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Awadhi
5,700
Bhojpuri
2,500
Kanauji
700
Garhwali
600
Bagheli
50
Kumaoni
Primary Language Urdu (161,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Awadhi 5,700
  Bhojpuri 2,500
  Kanauji 700
  Garhwali 600
  Bagheli 50
  Kumaoni 10
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  (1843-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer Create International
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 (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more