Mallah (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Mallah are the traditional boatmen caste and ethnic group. The word mallaah is said to come from an Arabic word which means "navigation on the sea" or "in the air." They are related to the Kewat community, who form the bulk of the boatmen class of northern India. In Pakistan, many have seen their traditional areas of habitation washed away by the sea.


Where Are they Located?

There are Muslim Mallah communities in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh. Their largest community is in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most are boatmen, but an important subsidiary occupation is animal husbandry, especially cattle. The Mallaah community consists of a number of clans, referred to as nukh, the largest Mallaah nukh being the Dablo.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Muslims like the Mallahs believe that Allah is the all-powerful God of creation. He is the center of their dedication, though most, sadly, also put their trust in the power of charms and amulets. Islam is based on the teachings of Mohammed, who founded Islam in the seventh century in what is now Saudi Arabia. They believe that a good Muslim will pray facing Mecca five times a day, give alms to the poor, fast during the month of Ramadan, and go on a pilgrimage to Mecca.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mallah people in Bangladesh have very little opportunity to hear about Christ's redemption of sinners, because there are so few believers in that country.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Mallah (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Mallah people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit that will bring entire Mallah families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
* Pray for Mallah families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Mallah family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/21343/in
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/mallaah
https://www.revolvy.com/page/mallaah


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mallah (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mallah (Muslim traditions)
World Population 487,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Machhua, Muriari, Muriyari, मल्लाह (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17624
ROP3 Code 113059
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Rajshahi
7,200
Rangpur
4,500
Dhaka
2,800
Chittagong
1,200
Khulna
1,000
Sylhet
500
Barisal
300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Rajshahi 7,200
  Rangpur 4,500
  Dhaka 2,800
  Chittagong 1,200
  Khulna 1,000
  Sylhet 500
  Barisal 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (14,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
400
Chittagonian
400
Primary Language Bengali (14,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 400
  Chittagonian 400
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
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 %
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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
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.