Lunia (Muslim traditions) in India

The Lunia (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Lunia people are only found in India. The name Lunia comes from Lun or Nun meaning "moist," and is the name for sea salt. They were known as salt makers.


Where Are they Located?

Lunia people are located in northwestern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of salt-making is not practiced today due to imported salt. Lunia people farm, on small land plots that they own. They also build roads and railways, make bricks, dig wells, practice as architects, and house builders. Some are doctors or lawyers working at district and state levels.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most are Hindu, there are some Sunni Muslims among the Lunia people of India. Like other Muslim communities in South Asia, their theology is affected by traditional Hinduism. Sunni Muslims believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke 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.

In most of the Muslim world, people 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?

Although audio, visual and written Bible resources are available in Urdu, their spoken language, they remain unreached with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They need to be set free from sin by the sin-forgiving Savior, Jesus Christ!


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Muslim Lunia people.
* Pray for a movement of Lunia households to study the Bible and accept the spiritual blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive Muslim Lunia 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 Lunia people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17391/IN
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/lunia/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lonia


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Lunia (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Lunia (Muslim traditions)
World Population 400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names लूनिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20369
ROP3 Code 112790
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 3
Largest States
Haryana
200
Uttar Pradesh
100
Chandigarh
30
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 3
  Haryana 200
  Uttar Pradesh 100
  Chandigarh 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (200 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
100
Primary Language Urdu (200 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 100
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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