Koli (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

Very little is known about the history of the Koli people, and there is conflicting information about their origins. According to one source, the Koli were once a fishing community.

There are several Koli subgroups. Muslim Koli people of India speak the Gujarati language.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of the coastal Koli is fishing, although many are now employed in schools and government offices. Other Koli people work in agriculture. As sharecroppers, they raise cotton, wheat, rice, sugarcane, corn, and oil seeds. The biggest problem for the farmers is the control of the water supply. Some of the tribes live near the eastern tributaries of the Indus River, which overflows in July and August, serving as an irrigation system for their crops.

Koli people exhibit a vivid array of colors in their paintings and other artistic designs.

Some live in simple houses with thatched roofs, mud walls, and dirt floors; others live in decorative homes with tiled roofs, brick walls, and paved or cement floors.

Most of the Koli people live in poverty. Less than half of them are literate. Their social status is considered low, but not "impure." Their spiritual poverty is most desperate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

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.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

Muslim Koli people need to know that true peace and love can only be found through a relationship with Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

Pray for a team of knowledgeable believers to help the Koli people have adequate clean water.

Pray for the Koli people to have easy access to the many Christian resources that are available to them in the Gujarati language.

Pray for a disciple-making movement to begin among the Koli people and spread to other Muslim peoples in India.

Pray that the many gospel resources will soon be available, along with people to help them understand God's truth.

Pray that the Holy Spirit will help them to turn to Jesus for answers.


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


References

http://wwwprayway.com/unreached/clusters/8081.html

http:/kcm.co.kr/bethany_eng/clusters/8081.html

https://www.britannica.com/topic/Koli-caste

http://www.dawn.com/news/1102038

http://www. Prayway.com/unreached/clusters/8081.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Koli (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Koli (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation KOH-lee
Alternate Names Koli of Gujarat; Kori; कोली (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 12,000
Population all Countries 97,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17595
ROP3 Code 113025
ROP25 Code 304134
ROP25 Name Koli
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
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 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Gujarat 12,000
Website South Asia Peoples
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.
Primary Language Gujarati (9,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Urdu
1,800
Primary Language Gujarati (9,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 1,800
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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