Thathera (Muslim traditions) in India


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Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Thathera community claims that they are descendants of Haihay kings that reigned during the Middle Ages. They claim royalty in their blood, but their jobs have always had to do with being artisans, especially metal work. They have 47 clans, which is fairly large even by South Asian standards. Though most are Hindu, some converted to Islam hundreds of years ago during invasions. Today there is a small Muslim community among the Thathera people in both India and Pakistan.


Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Thathera people live in Pakistan or India’s Punjab state.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Muslim Thathera people produce and repair metal household utensils. They work with brass, bronze, aluminum, and copper goods. A smaller number of them are either farmers or jewelers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Thathera people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Thathera 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. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

The Thathera people, be they Hindu or Muslim, need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who can bless them with abundant life and eternal salvation from sin and death.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Thathera (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Muslim Thathera people in both India and Pakistan.
* Pray for a movement of Thathera households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive Muslim Thathera people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Muslim Thathera people in India and Pakistan.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17693
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18241/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thathera
https://books.google.com/books?id=Sdz9AAAAQBAJ&pg=PA44&lpg=PA44&dq=Muslim+Thathera+People&source=bl&ots=Y1nLlX-f8c&sig=ACfU3U2ljgj7RNnD0G-PcPzGe--T-8pKhg&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwiQqIrQ7uTiAhXR5p8KHZULD4cQ6AEwDXoECAkQAQ#v=onepage&q=Muslim%20Thathera%20People&f=false


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Thathera (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Thathera (Muslim traditions)
World Population 6,100
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Thathiar; ठठेरा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17693
ROP3 Code 113138
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
3,800
Uttarakhand
300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Uttar Pradesh 3,800
  Uttarakhand 300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (4,100 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Garhwali
60
Primary Language Urdu (4,100 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Garhwali 60
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  (1843-2007)
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 - 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 God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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