Teli (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

The word 'Teli' is derived from the Sanskrit word 'tailika' or 'tails', which means oil pressed from seeds. The community are traditional manufacturers of mustard or sesame oil.

Muslim Teli can be found in Pakistan and North India. In India, the term Teli is a business caste among Hindus. Hindus who convert to Islam are called Roshandaar or Muslim Teli. Hindu Teli are named Teli Sahu and Muslim Teli are called Teli Malik.

The Muslim Teli of Punjab say that they have descended from Baba Hasu, who is said to have invented the oil press. According to their tradition, their ancestor Luqman was apprenticed to the Biblical King David. Luqman is said to have first started the oil extraction profession. It is said that Luqman's ancestor was the Prophet Ayoub (Biblical Job). Baba Hasu is said to be a descendant of Luqman.


Where Are they Located?

In North India, the Muslim Teli community is also known by the name Shaikh Mansuri. The Muslim Banjara is a Muslim community found in the state of Uttar Pradesh in India. Many members of this community migrated to Pakistan in 1947 and have settled in Karachi and Sindh.

In Delhi, the Teli can be sub-divided into two communities, the Teli proper and the Teli Dhuniya. They live in the neighbourhoods of Phatak Teliya, Phatak Habash Khan, Khirwala Phatak and Borhaiya in Old Delhi. The Delhi Teli are also known as Shaikh Mansuri, and this name has replaced Teli as a self-description. Many of the Delhi Teli emigrated to Pakistan, at partition, and are now found in Karachi.

In Pakistan, three distinct Teli communities can be identified. Shaikh Mansoori based in Karachi and Teli Malik and Teli Rajput who are largely in the province of Punjab.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Muslim Teli depend on the land for their living. Their traditional occupation of oil pressing is now being replaced with cash crops and other private business. The Teli now have many small businessman and traders amongst them, although many are still engaged in oil pressing.

In the province of Punjab, many Teli are landless and earn a living working in cash crop farms (wheat or maize farms). Significant changes, however, have occurred in the cities of central Punjab, such as Faisalabad,Sahiwal, Sialkot and Gujranwala where the urban Teli have started small industries. The Teli Malik of Faisalabad have been particularly successful in small business. Teli Rajputs have also taken up into other professions besides oil pressing.

The Teli have traditional community councils and also formal community associations. Their traditional councils or panchayats are sub-divided into circles made up of 10 to 20 villages.

In Pakistan, the Muslim Teli speak mainly Punjabi. They were among a number of artisan communities that were converted to Islam. Shaikh Mansoori speak Urdu.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Teli belong to the Sunni sect of Islam, and offerings are also made to Ghazi Mian.


What Are Their Needs?

The Teli have little concept of a loving creator God who is willing to forgive their sins and give them an abundant life. There are a few followers of Christ among the Teli. They need to adequately provide for their families and educate all their children. The Teli need to have their material and spiritual needs met. The Teli community is large and speak several languages.

The Muslim Teli traditionally identify with oil. Oil is a particularly useful connection point between Christians and the Teli. The physical and spiritual significance of oil in the Bible can be a key point for sharing the gospel with them.


Prayer Points

* The Teli need to understand that they have a loving creator God who wants to forgive them and offers an abundant life.
* The Teli need to learn about Jesus Christ, and follow Him wholeheartedly.
* The Teli need to provide for their families
* They need good schools for their children.
* Pray for teams of workers to preach the good news to the Teli communities in their many languages
* Pray that a strong church planting movement would take root among the Teli.


References

Sources:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Teli


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Teli (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Teli (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 2,755,000
World Population 4,449,700
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 55
Alternate Names Chakani, Chakee, Chaki, Gachhi, Ganiga, Harsolia, Malik, Maliks, Sahu, Sahu Samaj, Teli Muslim, Telwain, Tili, टेली (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17692
ROP3 Code 113137
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Punjab
2,118,000
Sindh
509,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
82,000
Azad Kashmir
29,000
Islamabad
14,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
1,600
Balochistan
1,000
Federally Administer
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Punjab 2,118,000
  Sindh 509,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 82,000
  Azad Kashmir 29,000
  Islamabad 14,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 1,600
  Balochistan 1,000
  Federally Administer 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,842,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Urdu
325,000
Sindhi
186,000
Saraiki
128,000
Hindko, Southern
22,000
Hindko, Northern
11,000
Marwari
11,000
Koli, Kachi
11,000
Bagri
8,500
Koli, Wadiyara
6,800
Kacchi
2,800
Koli, Parkari
2,400
Shina, Kohistani
2,200
Marwari
2,000
Khowar
700
Shina
500
Other People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,842,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Urdu 325,000
  Sindhi 186,000
  Saraiki 128,000
  Hindko, Southern 22,000
  Hindko, Northern 11,000
  Marwari 11,000
  Koli, Kachi 11,000
  Bagri 8,500
  Koli, Wadiyara 6,800
  Kacchi 2,800
  Koli, Parkari 2,400
  Shina, Kohistani 2,200
  Marwari 2,000
  Khowar 700
  Shina 500
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video House of Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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