Siddiqi Shaikh 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 term Shaikh is used here for a sociocultural group that originated with Arab settlers in South Asia which now includes many subgroups, some of which intermarry in Bangladesh with non-Shaikh Bengali Muslims and some of which don't. 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 Jammu and 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 and are also known in Pakistan as Muslim Khatri. The Shaikhs of Pakistan, however, claim pre-islamic ancestry. They are a sub-group of the Zamindar group or qoum, traditionally associated with farming, which is one of the two groups making up the Pakistani Punjabis (the other group is the Moeens group or quom, who are traditionally artisans). 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. The Shaikh can be broadly grouped into five communities. The Chistis and Kuraishis communities who tend to be mainly converts to Islam. The other three communities, the Farukis, the Abbasi and Saddiqis are descendants of Arab immigrants. The Siddiqis claim that their distinction is that they are descendants of Abu Bakr Siddiq, the first Muslim caliph and a companion of the prophet Mohammed. He was also the father-in-law of the Islamic prophet. This gives them very high status among Muslim communities, tying them in with the Islamic religion. The Siddiqi subgroup is found mainly in India, but there are small numbers of them in Bangladesh and Nepal. Like other Shaikh groups, the Siddiqi can speak a number of languages depending on where they live.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Siddiqi Shaikh community is solidly Muslim. They are among the more orthodox Muslims, and their identity is strongly tied in with the Islamic religion.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Shaikhs are not bound by one particular profession. Consequently, the Shaikhs profess Islam and have both Sunni and Shia traditions among them. In Nepal they speak Nepali and either Urdu, Bhojpuri or Maithili in their communities. They are not vegetarian, and their common foods are rice, mutton and vegetables. Common surnames are Mondal, Siddiqui, Usmani, Faroqui and Sheikh.


What Are Their Needs?

There has been much ministry activity among the Shaikh in India. Pray that this group of Muslims will find the truth of the Prophet Isa! There is a lot of potential for gospel growth within the Shaikh community because of relatively few social divisions.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Shaikh Siddiqi in India.

Ask the Lord to open the hearts of the Siddiqi Shaikhs so they will receive the good news. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement that will bless the Siddiqi Shaikhs this decade. Pray for the Lord to send workers to the Shaikhs to tell them about Jesus or Isa.


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/shaikh/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Siddiqui
https://www.peoplegroups.info/site/PeopleGroupHighlight/id/501/name/Indian+Muslims+%28Shaikh%29


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Shaikh Siddiqi
People Name in Country Shaikh Siddiqi
Natural Name Siddiqi Shaikh
Population this Country 7,577,000
Population all Countries 7,581,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 152
Alternate Names Siddiq
People ID 21815
ROP3 Code 118602
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 25
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
West Bengal
3,225,000
Uttar Pradesh
2,279,000
Bihar
546,000
Jharkhand
412,000
Maharashtra
251,000
Karnataka
185,000
Rajasthan
176,000
Andhra Pradesh
79,000
Delhi
76,000
Madhya Pradesh
70,000
Odisha
65,000
Gujarat
49,000
Telangana
49,000
Tamil Nadu
47,000
Uttarakhand
24,000
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 25  (only 20 largest shown)
  West Bengal 3,225,000
  Uttar Pradesh 2,279,000
  Bihar 546,000
  Jharkhand 412,000
  Maharashtra 251,000
  Karnataka 185,000
  Rajasthan 176,000
  Andhra Pradesh 79,000
  Delhi 76,000
  Madhya Pradesh 70,000
  Odisha 65,000
  Gujarat 49,000
  Telangana 49,000
  Tamil Nadu 47,000
  Uttarakhand 24,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (4,699,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bengali
2,579,000
Bhojpuri
83,000
Awadhi
34,000
Maithili
33,000
Marwari
31,000
Gujarati
25,000
Punjabi, Eastern
19,000
Marathi
17,000
Telugu
15,000
Dhundari
12,000
Shekhawati
11,000
Kanauji
7,700
Mewari
7,300
Kannada
6,800
Tamil
4,400
Primary Language Urdu (4,699,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 29
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bengali 2,579,000
  Bhojpuri 83,000
  Awadhi 34,000
  Maithili 33,000
  Marwari 31,000
  Gujarati 25,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 19,000
  Marathi 17,000
  Telugu 15,000
  Dhundari 12,000
  Shekhawati 11,000
  Kanauji 7,700
  Mewari 7,300
  Kannada 6,800
  Tamil 4,400
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  (1843-2007)
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
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 (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
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.
Photo Source Siddiqee - Flickr  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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