The Muslim Kalal also go by the name Ahir. They are considered a backward caste in India. Traditionally they produced and sold alcohol such as toddy. They are divided by clan and subgroups.
Most live in Pakistan, but a small number live in the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Madhya Pradesh.
Perhaps because producing and selling alcohol brings contempt in both India and Pakistan, the Kalal are now farmers, producing rice and lentils. Others are small businessmen or traders.
Muslim Kalal communities make decisions and resolve conflict as a group, though their headman has a lot of say.
Most are Sunni Muslim, though there is a small Shia minority. They blend Islamic practices with their own pre-Islamic ways.
Muslim Kalal communities have faced caste-based discrimination. They are often poor. They need better access to education and health care.
Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Kalal people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly.
Pray for the spiritual lives of the Kalal people to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.
Scripture Prayers for the Kalal (Muslim traditions) in India.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Kalal (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Kalal (Muslim traditions)|
|Alternate Names||Panda; Paneda; कलाल (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|Population this Country||100|
|Population all Countries||15,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Affinity Bloc||South Asian Peoples|
|People Cluster||South Asia Muslim - other|
|People Group||Kalal (Muslim traditions)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Districts||Interactive map, listing and data download|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Marwari (60 speakers)|
|Language Code||rwr Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Marwari
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1820-2022)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||God's Story video||God's Story|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Marwari||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||Gospel website in this language||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|