Madari (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 Madari people of South Central Asia were originally all Hindus but many converted to Islam during the period of the Moguls. Their traditional occupation is that of being snake charmers and entertainers with monkeys and bears. With the rise of animal rights, the Madari have had to find other employment. Many have left their nomadic habits to settle down to become farm workers and day laborers. The vast majority of Madari are landless. Some of their women and children beg to gain income to support their families.

Illiteracy is a big problem for the Madari. As long as most of the Madari cannot read or write, they will remain at the bottom rung of society. The main language of the Indian Madari is Urdu.


Where Are they Located?

Most Madari people live in India and Pakistan. Smaller groups live in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Madari marry within their caste but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages. The newly married couple lives near or with the groom's parents. Often the groom's young man must live and work for his future father in law as part of the bride price. The family must compensate the bride's family for the daughter they are losing. Sons inherit property from their father.

In the past, most Madari traveled from village to village entertaining other castes with snake charming and trained animals. Most now live in rural villages making a living by working on land owned by others. Caste councils or "panches" decide legal disputes especially those involving marriage and divorce.

The main foods of the Madari are rice, millet, wheat, and vegetables. They will eat meat on special occasions but not pork or beef. Alcoholism is a problem for the Madari, even though alcohol is forbidden to Muslims.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Madari people are Muslims. Some practice the mystical branch of Islam called Sufism. Islam is a major world religion that is based on five essential duties or "pillars": (1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet." (2) Five times a day one must pray while facing Mecca. (3) One must give an obligatory percentage (very similar to tithes) on an annual basis. (4) One must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year. (5) One must try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in his or her lifetime.

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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Madari people need to hear and experience the limitless love and grace of our Lord. The Madari need help in learning new job skills and in educating their children. The gospel must be presented to them in oral and visual form due to the Madaris' lack of literacy.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Lord sends believers to build relationships with the Madari people.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Madari people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Madari families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit to bring entire Madari families into a rich experience of God's blessing.


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


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19483/BG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19483/PK
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19483/CE
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2009/09/20


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-09-20
People Name General Madari (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Madari (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 66,000
Population all Countries 126,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Adugar; Fakir; Faqir; Jadugar; Kalandar; Khilwar; मदारी
People ID 19483
ROP3 Code 115507
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 21
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
16,000
Madhya Pradesh
11,000
Gujarat
8,700
Rajasthan
7,300
Delhi
5,900
Haryana
4,000
Maharashtra
2,800
West Bengal
2,100
Bihar
2,000
Jharkhand
1,300
Uttarakhand
1,200
Chhattisgarh
1,200
Punjab
900
Himachal Pradesh
800
Odisha
500
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 21  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 16,000
  Madhya Pradesh 11,000
  Gujarat 8,700
  Rajasthan 7,300
  Delhi 5,900
  Haryana 4,000
  Maharashtra 2,800
  West Bengal 2,100
  Bihar 2,000
  Jharkhand 1,300
  Uttarakhand 1,200
  Chhattisgarh 1,200
  Punjab 900
  Himachal Pradesh 800
  Odisha 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (37,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Hindi
7,800
Gujarati
4,900
Marwari
2,000
Punjabi, Eastern
1,200
Bengali
1,200
Dhundari
800
Kanauji
400
Bagri
300
Shekhawati
200
Bhojpuri
200
Haryanvi
100
Awadhi
100
Mewari
90
Garhwali
40
Maithili
40
Primary Language Urdu (37,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Hindi 7,800
  Gujarati 4,900
  Marwari 2,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,200
  Bengali 1,200
  Dhundari 800
  Kanauji 400
  Bagri 300
  Shekhawati 200
  Bhojpuri 200
  Haryanvi 100
  Awadhi 100
  Mewari 90
  Garhwali 40
  Maithili 40
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
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