Teli (Muslim traditions) in India

Teli (Muslim traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Teli (Muslim traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,013,000
World Population: 5,039,000
Primary Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The word Teli is derived from a Sanskrit word meaning "oil pressed from seeds." They are a community that presses mustard or sesame oil. In India, they can be Hindu or Muslims. Among the Muslims, they are also known as "Shaikh Mansuri." Some are landless farmers.

Ministry Obstacles

It is very difficult for Muslims to listen to someone who tells them that Jesus Christ is essential for salvation. They have been taught their entire lives that the way to please God is through obedience to the teachings of Mohammed.

Outreach Ideas

This community places great importance on oil. Therefore, since the Bible identifies oil as a symbol of the Spirit of God, it could be helpful in creating a connection between the Holy Spirit and their daily lives.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are no Christ followers among the Muslim Teli now. Pray for church planters and disciplers to reach out to this community.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Lord to thrust out loving workers who will not stop until Teli Muslim leaders have heard of the saving power of Christ. Pray for a spiritual hunger and a desire for the "oil" of the Holy Spirit to guide their families and communities.

Text Source:   Joshua Project