Sumra Sindhi in India


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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Halaypotra 400

Introduction / History

The Sumra is a Muslim community of Gujarat named after Samara, a place in Iran, where their ancestor Mohamed Haneef Ali had settled. They had migrated to Kutch and then to Saureshtra in Sindh. Stories of their migration are recalled in their folk lore and oral traditions. Traditionally they were warriors. They live in Gujarat, India but mostly in Pakistan's Sindh Province. Those in India speak Gujarati.


What Are Their Lives Like?

At present they are involved in business, agriculture, government, and private service.
They prefer marriages between cousins. Widows are allowed to remarry. The marriage rituals start with betrothal ceremony in accordance with Islamic customs at the bride's residence. As Muslims, they bury their dead.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The 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 also prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, deceiving, 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.
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?

The Sumra Sindhi need to accept the warm embrace of the only savior so they can enjoy spiritually meaningful lives.


Prayer Points

Pray for Sumra Sindhi disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for the Sumra people to have adequate facilities for electricity, education and transportation.
Pray for spiritual hunger and discernment so they will be open to the person of Jesus Christ.
Pray for the Lord to send his ambassadors for Christ to the Sumra Sindhi people.


Scripture Prayers for the Sindhi Sumra in India.


References

India Missions Association, Edited by Philipose Vaidyar, Copyrighted © Used with permission
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shaikhs_in_South_Asia


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sindhi Sumra
People Name in Country Sindhi Sumra
Natural Name Sumra Sindhi
Pronunciation SOOM-rah SIN-dee
Alternate Names Samma; Samros; Sindhi Sama; Sumra; सिंधी सुंरा
Population this Country 38,000
Population all Countries 253,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18173
ROP3 Code 113685
ROP25 Code 307545
ROP25 Name Sindhi Sumra
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 3
Largest States
Gujarat
37,000
Maharashtra
300
Daman and Diu
10
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 3
  Gujarat 37,000
  Maharashtra 300
  Daman and Diu 10
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 (21,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Kacchi
10,000
Sindhi
200
Primary Language Gujarati (21,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Kacchi 10,000
  Sindhi 200
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

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Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2021)
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