Kalwar (Muslim traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Sunri 700
Batham 200

Introduction / History

The Kalwar or Kalal (in India) are said to derive their name from the Sanskrit word for 'distiller of alcohol' or kalyapala. This community is known as the Muslim distillers and sellers of liquor. Based on this tradition the Kalwar have a relatively low social status. Several million Kalwar are Hindus in India but only a small portion are Muslims. In Nepal there is also a small community of Muslims.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though traditionally distillers and liquor sellers, the Kalwar are involved today in a variety of trading and selling as well as in labor and some in agriculture. Their position in society in India is one of a more depressed or unclean caste but they are 'touchable '. They speak Nepali, Bhojpuri and Urdu and tend to be favorable to formal education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Sunni Muslim and follow traditional rites of birth, marriage and death. Married women wear the nose-stud (nakchhabi). They have traditional shared food with other Muslims but not with Hindu groups.
In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

Some success in sharing Christ has borne fruit among the Hindu Kalwar but no known work has even begun among the Muslim community. Pray that workers might be found and that other believing Kalwar could bridge the gap into the Muslim community.


Prayer Points

Pray that some from the Kahar would hear and come to embrace the name of Jesus.
Pray for dedicated and loving workers.
Pray for them to fully understand and cherish their faith and share it with others.


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


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People Name General Kalwar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kalwar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation KAHL-wahr
Alternate Names Kalar; Kalari; Kaleri; Konwar; Sehare; कलवार (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 8,700
Population all Countries 11,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17580
ROP3 Code 113007
ROP25 Code 303562
ROP25 Name Kalwar
Country India
Region Asia, South
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
Uttar Pradesh
46,000
West Bengal
3,500
Uttarakhand
400
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Uttar Pradesh 46,000
  West Bengal 3,500
  Uttarakhand 400
Website South Asia Peoples
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.
Primary Language Urdu (41,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
6,200
Bengali
3,000
Awadhi
80
Garhwali
70
Primary Language Urdu (41,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 6,200
  Bengali 3,000
  Awadhi 80
  Garhwali 70
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2022)
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