Shaikh in Sri Lanka


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

Introduction / History

Islam arrived in the area now known as Pakistan in 711 AD when a Muslim Arab army conquered the northwestern part of the Indus Valley from Kashmir to the Arabian Sea. Technocrats, bureaucrats, soldiers, traders, scientists, architects, teachers, theologians and sufis flocked from the rest of the Arab and Muslim world to the Islamic Sultanate in South Asia and settled permanently.

The descendants of these Arabs usually go by the title of Shaikh. Shaikh is also a term that is usually attributed to the leaders or elders of Arabian social groups. Other variants of this term are Sheik, Shaykh, Shaikh, Cheikh, Šeih, Šejh, Seyh.


Where Are they Located?

There are a few Shaikhs even in far-away New Zealand, but most are in the South Asian countries of Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. A small number live in Bhutan and Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Shaikhs are not bound by one particular profession. They can be broadly grouped into five communities. Three of these communities are the Siddiks, Farukis and Abbasi who are often descendants of Arab immigrants. The other two are the Chistis and Kuraishis communities who tend to be mainly from converts to Islam. Common surnames are Mondal, Siddiqui, Usmani, Faroqui and Sheikh.

As prominent Muslims in Buddhist and Hindu dominated Sri Lanka, the Shaikhs probably don’t have the high status they enjoy in Muslim countries.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Shaikhs profess Islam and have both Sunni and Shia traditions among them. They are among the most devout Muslims in South Asia.


What Are Their Needs?

Shaikhs need to understand their proper position before God is one of a sinner who needs forgiveness and mercy from a holy God. There is nothing any person can do to earn forgiveness; it is a gift from the Almighty.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Shaikh in Sri Lanka.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Shaikh in Sri Lanka teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Shaikh families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Shaikh 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 teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Shaikh family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18084/BG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18084/IN
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/08/16
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2016/10/16
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2015/08/16
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2014/10/04
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2010/10/20


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

The Waiting World - The Bengali

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People Name General Shaikh
People Name in Country Shaikh
Pronunciation SHAYK
World Population 234,920,000
Total Countries 7
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4
Alternate Names Faraji; Jhiwar; Shaik; Sheikh; Shekhzade; शैख़
People ID 18084
ROP3 Code 113585
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Eastern
57,000
Western
44,000
Central
34,000
North Western
25,000
North Central
14,000
Sabaragamuwa
13,000
Northern
4,600
Southern
4,000
Uva
3,800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 30  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Eastern 57,000
  Western 44,000
  Central 34,000
  North Western 25,000
  North Central 14,000
  Sabaragamuwa 13,000
  Northern 4,600
  Southern 4,000
  Uva 3,800
Website South Asia Peoples

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Finding Peace
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Bible Visuals
General Comprehensive list of Tamil Resources
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
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 Sri Lanka census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source The Waiting World
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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