Rajput Bais (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Rajput Bais or Baisa were originally Hindu warriors of the second highest Hindu caste of Kshatriya. Their name means "one who occupies the soil." As a reward for their military service, the Bais were given lands to cultivate. During the Mughal period (1526-1857) many of the Bais converted to Islam. This change of religion helped the Bais secure high positions in the Muslim emperor's government and military.

Today the Rajput Bais are Hindu and Muslim. Both groups enjoy a high status in Indian society. They occupy high places in Indian government, business and the military. They continue to own land. Many are wealthy. They encourage their children to attain university degrees. The less wealthy Rajput Bais work as middle class farmers and small businessmen. They speak Urdu as their primary language. They also speak other regional languages of where they live.


Where Are they Located?

The Rajputs of Muslim traditions live in the northern Indian states of Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, and West Bengali. Others live across the central and northern states of India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As Muslims the Rajput Bais believe that Muhammad was God's final prophet and that the Qur'an is the Word of God. Their religion dominates all aspects of their lives. They do not eat pork.

Rajputs who have embraced Islam usually retain common social practices such as having their wives secluded (purdah). Those who are devout do their five daily ritual prayers, give alms to the poor, and go on the pilgrimage (haj) to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. Muslims from all communities come together on Friday afternoons to pray and hear a message at local mosques.

The Rajput Bais embrace the modern lifestyle of India with its medicine, education and conveniences. Sons inherit property. Parents arrange marriages although that practice is slowly changing. Young people are encouraged to marry within their religion and clan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajput Bais are Sunni Muslims, the dominant and majority branch of Islam. Besides attending their local mosques on Fridays, the Bais participate in the yearly Muslim holidays of Eid al-Fitr, the end of the monthly fast of Ramadan and Eid al-Adha, which celebrates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rajputs Bais need to be humbled from their high position in society to see that they are sinners in need of the Savior. They need to see the love, mercy and grace of God lived out in a real way before them. They must see that the Bible not the Qur'an is God's Word.


Prayer Points

* Pray the Lord opens the heart of the Rajput Bais to respond to God's word and truth in the midst of their busy lives.
* Pray the Lord moves Indian Christians to befriend the Rajput Bais and share the good news with them.
* Pray that growing churches are planted in the Rajput community.


References

joshuaproject.net/people_groups/20374/IN
globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/hindu-bais-rajputs/
globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Bais-People/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Rajput Bais (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput Bais (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 98,000
World Population 116,300
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names राजपूत, बाइस (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20231
ROP3 Code 115975
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 6
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
95,000
Gujarat
1,600
Rajasthan
1,000
Jammu and Kashmir
700
Haryana
400
Punjab
100
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 6
  Uttar Pradesh 95,000
  Gujarat 1,600
  Rajasthan 1,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 700
  Haryana 400
  Punjab 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (90,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
4,800
Gujarati
800
Awadhi
500
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Merwari
500
Dogri
200
Kashmiri
200
Dhundari
200
Bundeli
100
Marwari
30
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (90,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 4,800
  Gujarati 800
  Awadhi 500
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Merwari 500
  Dogri 200
  Kashmiri 200
  Dhundari 200
  Bundeli 100
  Marwari 30
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 Anonymous 
Profile Source David Kugel  
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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