Meitei (Manipur Muslim) in India

The Meitei (Manipur Muslim) have only been reported in India
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Mansoori Muslims live in the west Indian state of Gujarat concentrated in the city of Ahmedabad. Gujarati is their main language. Many also speak Urdu which allows them to communicate with most India peoples. The traditional work of the Mansoori Muslim has been making fabric from cotton. With the development of modern fabric factories, this profession has steeply declined. Many Mansoori are now working in agriculture, in business and in the professions. Some believe that they have a Rajput background, which gives them a better status in the Hindu caste system. There are currently no known believers among the Mansoori people.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Industrialization shut down their traditional occupation of hand weaving cotton. With the help of the Indian educational system many of the Mansoori community have risen to becoming successful businessmen, accountants, administrators and engineers. They are endogamous, meaning they prefer marriages to occur within their people group. They often marry their cousins. Families arrange marriages. They practice monogamy, marriage between one man and one woman. Divorce is allowed if approved by the community council. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. The Mansoori are not vegetarians but as Muslims they will not eat pork.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mansoori were once Hindus but have been Muslims for at least four hundred years. The Mansoori people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly Ramadan fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Meitei (Manipur Muslim) in India.

* Pray for faithful, loving workers to go to the Muslim Mansoori community and tell them about Isa, the Muslim name for Jesus. * Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead them to the Bible and to investigating the claims of Christ. * Pray for a disciple making movement to Christ among the Mansoori of west India in the coming decade.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Meitei (Manipur Muslim)
People Name in Country Meitei (Manipur Muslim)
Population this Country 198,000
Population all Countries 198,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Manipur Muslim; Mansuri Muslim; Meitei; मएइतेई (मणिपुर मुस्लिम)
People ID 21349
ROP3 Code 118174
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)
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 1
  Manipur 198,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Meitei (191,000 speakers)
Language Code mni   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali
3,300
Urdu
2,100
Assamese
2,100
Primary Language Meitei (191,000 speakers)
Language Code mni   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 3,300
  Urdu 2,100
  Assamese 2,100
People Groups Speaking Meitei

Primary Language:  Meitei

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1820-1995)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1827-1996)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1984-2019)
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Portions
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Gospel website in this language
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter Jesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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
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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