Saini (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.

Introduction / History

The Sainis have their origins with royal Rajputs families of old. The pattern for Rajput communities like the Sainis is that they were notable military men whom in times of peace would settle down on landed estates and rule as minor kings. Most remain Hindu even to this day, though a sizeable number converted to Sikhism. A small number became Muslims.


Where Are they Located?

Muslim Saini people are in Uttar Pradesh, Bihar and Rajasthan. A smaller number are in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Muslim Saini people speak in the languages of the provinces where they live. The main work of Saini people is crop farming, and management of farm animals. Most are landowners like their ancestors. More are now becoming shopkeepers while others have small manufacturing businesses or government jobs. Among Muslim Saini people are notable scientists and professors. Saini people enjoy a high literacy level, the product of their own education organizations.

Muslim Saini marry only within their social boundaries. They marry among clans and between villages. Adult marriages with one spouse through agreement by discussion is the usual custom. They allow for an additional spouse if the wife cannot have children. Divorce does not happen often, but it is allowed. Divorcees and the widowed are allowed to remarry.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Muslim Saini people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken 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.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Saini 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. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

Saini people, be they Hindu or Muslim, need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who can bless them with abundant life and eternal salvation from sin and death.


Prayer Points

Pray for families of Saini believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of Saini families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into the entire Saini society as all believers learn to love others.
Pray that churches and believers will bless their entire people group in such a way that God's love will change the Muslim Saini people like yeast changes dough.


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


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17673/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17998/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saini
http://www.sainionline.com/origin-from-surasenas
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2014/09/24
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2008/09/05


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-23
People Name General Saini (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Saini (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation say-NEE
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 27,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bogar; Deswali; Mali; Sain; Sayani; Sayin; सैनी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17673
ROP3 Code 113116
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 6
Largest States
Bihar
13,000
Uttar Pradesh
9,400
Uttarakhand
900
Rajasthan
300
Haryana
100
Himachal Pradesh
20
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 6
  Bihar 13,000
  Uttar Pradesh 9,400
  Uttarakhand 900
  Rajasthan 300
  Haryana 100
  Himachal Pradesh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (17,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
2,700
Marwari
200
Punjabi, Eastern
100
Garhwali
100
Primary Language Urdu (17,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 2,700
  Marwari 200
  Punjabi, Eastern 100
  Garhwali 100
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.
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