Rayeen (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Mewafarosh 5,500

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Introduction / History

The Kunjra (or Rayeen) of India are one of several unengaged people groups in the east Indian state of Bihar. The east Indian state of Bihar has 15 million Muslims with no one working long-term to reach them. Depending on their location, they speak either Bengali, Urdu, or Maitili. Belonging to one of the backward, or lower castes, their hereditary societal status is defined by their occupation as vegetable growers and sellers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

If you lived in India, there is a good chance that you would be buying your produce from members of the Rayeen community. They work as transporters of produce from the farms to the marketplace. In order to be sure they can make a profit selling the produce, they must negotiate prices with the farmers. They have a reputation for being a friendly and outgoing people who enjoy family life.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Kunjra 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 fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. Because of their Islamic beliefs the Kunjra have faced oppression from Hindus, which has prompted many of them to migrate outside the state of Bihar.


What Are Their Needs?

In 2008 a dam broke that caused catastrophic flooding in Bihar. It is hard for outsiders to get in and stay long term to help the Kunjra. Most likely, teams who go with business skills and the ability to create jobs will be well received. Most of all the Kunjra need to hear and understand the good news about Jesus or Isa. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray for a spiritual hunger that will give the Rayeen people a desire for the truth of the Word of God. Pray for a disciple making movement that will bless the Rayeen people this decade. Pray for the Lord to send out workers to the Rayeen people to help them with their spiritual and physical needs.


Scripture Prayers for the Rayeen (Muslim traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-10-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-09-20
People Name General Rayeen (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rayeen (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation rain
Population this Country 1,150,000
Population all Countries 1,289,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 23
Alternate Names Kunjada; Kunjra; Mewa Farosh; Raie; Rayeen; Sabifarosh; Sabz Farosh; Sabzfarosh; राईं (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17328
ROP3 Code 112710
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 8
Largest States
Bihar
603,000
Uttar Pradesh
474,000
Madhya Pradesh
30,000
West Bengal
27,000
Jharkhand
4,100
Uttarakhand
2,600
Maharashtra
500
Odisha
100
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 8
  Bihar 603,000
  Uttar Pradesh 474,000
  Madhya Pradesh 30,000
  West Bengal 27,000
  Jharkhand 4,100
  Uttarakhand 2,600
  Maharashtra 500
  Odisha 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (833,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
69,000
Bengali
26,000
Maithili
18,000
Awadhi
7,500
Magahi
6,700
Angika
4,600
Kanauji
2,000
Bundeli
1,400
Bagheli
700
Braj Bhasha
200
Garhwali
200
Kumaoni
40
Malvi
30
Primary Language Urdu (833,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 69,000
  Bengali 26,000
  Maithili 18,000
  Awadhi 7,500
  Magahi 6,700
  Angika 4,600
  Kanauji 2,000
  Bundeli 1,400
  Bagheli 700
  Braj Bhasha 200
  Garhwali 200
  Kumaoni 40
  Malvi 30
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  (1843-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer Create International
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.
Photo Source Mohammad Faraz 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more