Sri Lanka Moor in Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka Moor
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Sri Lanka Moor
Country: Sri Lanka
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 676,000
World Population: 676,000
Primary Language: Tamil
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction

The Moors trace their ancestry to Arab traders who settled in Sri Lanka some time between the eighth and fifteenth centuries. Fascinated by the scenic splendor, Muslim merchants arrived in large numbers and some decided to settle in the island, encouraged by the cordial treatment they received from local rulers. Most lived along the coastal areas in peace and prosperity. The Sri Lankan Moors possess a unique culture that differentiates them from the dominant Sinhalese and Tamil ethnic groups on the island. The culture of Sri Lankan Moors has been strongly shaped by Islam, hence most customs and practices are dictated by Islamic law. While preserving many of their ancestral customs, the Moors have also adopted several South Asian practices.

Ministry Obstacles

The Moors should better understand the full nature of Christ, the Son of God, deity. Also, the Gospel of grace is difficult to fully believe and accept by those who have been steeped in law and its requirements. Pray the Lord's Spirit will reveal these truths to the Moors.

Outreach Ideas

The main language of the Moors is Tamil, and there are many resources available. The complete Bible has been available for many years, as well as the Jesus film, Gospel recordings, the God's Story video, etc. Workers are needed to carry these resources to the Moors of Sri Lanka.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no known Christian believers among the Moors. However, pray the Lord is even now preparing pastors and teachers to help those who will soon come to Christ. Pray these new believers will quickly become firmly established in the grace of Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Thank the Lord for renewed peace on the island of Sri Lanka, and pray this peace will remain. Pray for reduced tensions between the major ethnic groupings on the island.

Text Source:   Joshua Project