The Sofis are probably the descendants of Brahmins who converted to Sunni Islam. They were once medicants, meaning they renounced everything for spiritual reasons. There are no social divisions among the small Sofi community. Some call them Kandur. One can find them in various parts of Jammu & Kashmir.
Today they have the respect of both Hindus and Muslims. They are primarily bakers, but their staple food is rice, not bread. They have few dietary restrictions, but as Muslims they will not eat pork.
A Sofi family can give their daughter to any Sunni Muslim family except for the Wattals. Parents and guardians prefer to have their children marry cousins. Sofi women work hard. They carry water, wash clothes, cook, take care of the children, etc. Unlike many Muslim communities, the Sofi remain almost exclusively monogamous. The only way a Sofi husband will take on a second wife would be if she were barren or seriously ill and she gave her consent. They rarely divorce.
Family conflicts are usually about the raising of children or about property matters. When the father dies, the family estate is divided between his widow, his sons and his daughters. Sons get double what is given to their sisters.
The Sofi people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith.
However, they also depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. They believe they can escape the curse of the evil eye by wearing amulets. Sofi people attend shrines of Muslim saints in hopes that their spirits will intercede on their behalf to Allah. They look to pirs as religious specialists along with the more orthodox imams, Muslim prayer leaders.
Like all other peoples of the world, this people group needs the blessings and guidance that only Jesus Christ can offer.
Pray for the Lord to bless this community economically and spiritually.
Ask God to raise up Sofi who are more desirous to know the truth than to stay on the broad road.
Ask God to send loving, committed workers to the Sofi in the near future.
Pray the Sofi would no longer be hidden away from the influence of Christ.
Pray for many of them to make disciples who will make even more disciples.
Scripture Prayers for the Sofi in India.
People of India, Vol 25. K.S. Singh. 2003
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Sofi|
|People Name in Country||Sofi|
|Alternate Names||Kandur; सोफी|
|Population this Country||1,500|
|Population all Countries||1,500|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||11 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Districts||Interactive map, listing and data download|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Kashmiri
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1813-2000)|
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|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible stories||One Story|
|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 Kashmiri||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Magdalena video||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Story of Jesus for Children||Jesus Film Project|
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|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
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|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|