Mal (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


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

Introduction / History

A people group sometimes known as wrestlers are those belonging to the Mal caste. "Mal" is a shortened form of a Sanskrit phrase that can either mean "wrestler" or "soldier." There are four sub-divisions of the Mal people.


Where Are they Located?

The Mal people live in India's states of Bihar and West Bengal. A smaller number live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of them are agricultural laborers with no land of their own, although they are also known for being watchmen or gatekeepers, called chowkidars. They have low status.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Muslim Mal people in Bangladesh believe that though Jesus is an important prophet, faith in Him is not enough to achieve a place in Paradise. Instead they put their faith in obeying the teachings of the Koran and the Hadith, the latter being a collection of sayings of Mohammed.


What Are Their Needs?

Most Mal people are Hindu, though some converted to Islam at some point. Hindus and Muslims among the Mal peoples share the same need to find their way to the Savior, who can bless them beyond what they can imagine if they would repent before Him. As it stands, they are objects of wrath rather than objects of mercy.


Prayer Points

Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit to bring entire Muslim Mal families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Mal families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for a movement of Mal households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Mal peoples. Pray for the Lord to open the hearts of Mal family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Scripture Prayers for the Mal (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17614/BG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17614/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mal_(caste)
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17424/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/10/07


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mal (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mal (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation mahl
Population this Country 8,100
Population all Countries 28,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Malla; माल (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17614
ROP3 Code 113046
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
4,700
Khulna
1,300
Chittagong
1,000
Sylhet
400
Barisal
300
Rangpur
300
Rajshahi
90
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 29  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Dhaka 4,700
  Khulna 1,300
  Chittagong 1,000
  Sylhet 400
  Barisal 300
  Rangpur 300
  Rajshahi 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (7,700 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
400
Chittagonian
70
Primary Language Bengali (7,700 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti 400
  Chittagonian 70
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2022)
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 Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Following Jesus video Jesus Film Project
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 Bengali 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 Rivka video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well Create International
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
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 Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more