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The Abduls in Bangladesh are said to have originated from the Abdal Muslims. The term Abdal means 'lieutenant '. Little other information is known of the origin of this group that has a strong tradition in the music, singing and particularly the playing of percussion instruments. In many parts of India, they are known by the name Dafali.
Being of a lower social status has caused many Abdul families to survive on charity. In some communities they are alms gatherers while singing and drumming or selling perfume. It is said that during Ramadan some Abdul wake up early and go village to village playing their dafali (instrument) and singing the names of Allah. Traditions like this have given them the title 'wandering singers' or 'a class of wandering Muslim saints' in some places.
Like the Bangladeshi majority, the Abdul people are Sunni Muslim.
Because of the Abduls tradition of being able to share food and water with most Hindu communities, this group is likely easier to reach than some Muslim people. Their community is small and hidden in many ways.
Pray the Abdul people in Bangladesh would soon receive a powerful and culturally relevant presentation of the gospel.
Ask God to thrust forth laborers into His harvest field in Bangladesh.
Pray Christians would be motivated to take the gospel to the Abdul people.