Mewati (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

Mewati, also known as "Meo" people are of the Rajput caste. They are Muslims but have their ethnic roots in Hinduism. It is believed they turned to Islam in the 1600s and more became Muslims at about the beginning of the 1900s.


Where Are they Located?

They live in the Mewat district of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana and Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

For a long time Mewati have been livestock farmers, raising cattle. They are well known in India. Some have trucking businesses. Others work for the government, army, or police, electricians, plumbers, money lenders, or laborers. Those who live in Haryana do basket work.

They value education.

They see medical doctors as well as traditional ones. They are now beginning to use family planning.

They eat wheat, rice, maize, fruit, vegetables, and dairy products. They accept cooked foods only from high castes and to those linked to high castes.

Property is inherited only by the sons and the oldest son is head of the home after the death of the father. While they marry within the group, spouses are selected from other clans or villages. They are not allowed to take a bride from the village of their mother. Marriage is allowed with the widow of the elder brother and with the younger sister of a dead wife. A single spouse is normal, although additional spouses are permitted in cases of infertility. A gift is given for a dowry. Parents arrange marriages and engagement takes place at an early age. The marriage is at the home of the bride and is performed by a Muslim priest. Divorce is allowed and divorcees are allowed to re-marry.

Mewati have traditional clan assemblies who judge and make decisions. Punishments are given by fines or excommunications.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Mewati are considered a Muslim people, although they have had a mixed history of Islam and Hinduism. Attempts to return Mewati people to Hinduism again have failed.

They go on pilgrimages to Muslim shrines and take part in Muslim festivals. They visit and do homage at the tombs of their dead saints. They pray for their wishes to come about by the intercession of these saints. Under the leading of the Tablighi Movement (an Islamic reform movement), they stopped taking part in Hindu festivals and have become devout Muslims. They perform circumcision and bury the dead in their own cemeteries.


What Are Their Needs?

The most important need of Mewati people is to understand that their good works and worship of false gods will never pay the penalty for their sins, and that Almighty Creator God has made the provision for them.

Bible resources, written, audio, and visual exist in Urdu, the language spoken by Mewati people, however they are very resistant to exposure to them within their strict Muslim traditions, consequently they remain unreached with the gospel.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Mewati people will see that their old systems of ethics and religio are not working, and that their only hope is in Jesus Christ.
* Pray that intercessors worldwide will regularly pray for salvation of Mewati people.
* Pray for servants to reach them with the gospel.
* Pray that many Mewati people who are reached will disciple others until this people group knows that Jesus Christ is Lord.


References

www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/meo/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mewati
www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/mewati/


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-17
People Name General Mewati (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mewati (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 790,000
World Population 1,690,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 15
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Koli Samaj, Me, Meds, Meena, Menam Mayo, Mes, Meta, Mew, Mewati, Mina, Mineain, Wadha Koli, मीयो (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17620
ROP3 Code 113054
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Mewati (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups on file 6
Largest Subgroups
Chirklot
14,000
Dimrot
13,000
Landawat
6,400
Bargujar
700
Derwal
700
Dulot
600
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Mewati (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 6
  Chirklot 14,000
  Dimrot 13,000
  Landawat 6,400
  Bargujar 700
  Derwal 700
  Dulot 600
Country India
Region South Asia
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 10
Largest States
Rajasthan
593,000
Madhya Pradesh
114,000
Uttar Pradesh
43,000
Haryana
38,000
Uttarakhand
900
Punjab
600
Maharashtra
300
Gujarat
200
Chandigarh
60
Himachal Pradesh
20
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 10
  Rajasthan 593,000
  Madhya Pradesh 114,000
  Uttar Pradesh 43,000
  Haryana 38,000
  Uttarakhand 900
  Punjab 600
  Maharashtra 300
  Gujarat 200
  Chandigarh 60
  Himachal Pradesh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (491,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Marwari
104,000
Dhundari
72,000
Mewari
56,000
Hindi
52,000
Malvi
3,400
Shekhawati
1,900
Haroti: Harauti
1,200
Merwari
900
Awadhi
600
Haryanvi
600
Bagri
400
Punjabi, Eastern
300
Bundeli
200
Kacchi
200
Garhwali
100
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (491,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Marwari 104,000
  Dhundari 72,000
  Mewari 56,000
  Hindi 52,000
  Malvi 3,400
  Shekhawati 1,900
  Haroti: Harauti 1,200
  Merwari 900
  Awadhi 600
  Haryanvi 600
  Bagri 400
  Punjabi, Eastern 300
  Bundeli 200
  Kacchi 200
  Garhwali 100
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  (1843-2016)
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 Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
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 A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
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 Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
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 %
Photo Source Epic International 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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