Ulema (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Ulema is a community of Muslim scholars. Their name means, "those who have knowledge." They are known to teach at madrasas, sacred places of learning. They have been called upon to interpret Islamic law and theology. In the past they were so powerful that even leaders in the Ottoman and Mughal Empires craved their support. Thus, they held much political influence and high status.

One is most likely going to find members of the Ulema community in Pakistan's Sindh and Punjab provinces. A smaller number are in northern India, specifically Haryana and Delhi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today these Muslim scholars still have high status, and they continue to teach at madrasas. Yet their status is being replaced by people with modern education. They are the Muslims who are most likely to deal with interfaith issues.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ulema 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 Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

Ulama are often associated with the more emotional and mystic Sufi Muslim orders.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ulema people need to be given the chance to hear the life-changing gospel so they can enjoy life to the full.


Prayer Points

Pray for loving gospel workers to catch a vision for reaching the Ulema people for Jesus and that in God's sovereign timing the hearts of these people would be open and ready to follow him.

Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended families so the gospel will spread rapidly.

Pray for the spiritual lives of the Ulema people to become fruitful so others will be drawn to Jesus Christ.


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


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17702/IN

https://www.britannica.com/topic/ulama

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ulama

https://www.encyclopedia.com/religion/encyclopedias-almanacs-transcripts-and-maps/ulema


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ulema (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Ulema (Muslim traditions)
Alternate Names उलेमा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 5,400
Population all Countries 293,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17702
ROP3 Code 113149
ROP25 Code 308446
ROP25 Name Ulema
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 on file 2
Largest States
Haryana
5,100
Punjab
200
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 2
  Haryana 5,100
  Punjab 200
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 Urdu (2,700 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
1,800
Hindi
20
Primary Language Urdu (2,700 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,800
  Hindi 20
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)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
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