South Asian, general in Somalia

South Asian, general
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People Name: South Asian, general
Country: Somalia
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 24,000
World Population: 12,065,500
Primary Language: Gujarati
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.25 %
Evangelicals: 0.09 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

There has been a South Asian diaspora in various parts of the world including Somalia. Most of these are Punjabi speaking Sikhs, or Hindus who speak a variety of languages: Tamil, Hindi, Bengali, Gujarati, Marathi, etc. Muslims usually speak either Urdu or Bengali. There are some segments of the South Asian diaspora that don’t fit into any neat language category. Those we simply call, "South Asians" or "Indo-Pakistanis" since we are referring to people from either India or Pakistan. Sometimes Bangladeshis and Nepalis are lumped in as well since those countries are also in South Asia.

What Are Their Lives Like?

There are two basic categories of people in the South Asian diaspora. Some have ancestors who moved about, usually working for low pay. Others have ancestors who were merchants. These South Asians have deep roots in the host country. In today’s world, they are more likely to be in a different category. Commonly South Asians travel the world for high-paying jobs. For decades India has produced highly trained techies for jobs that often don’t exist in their country. South Asians with these skills take jobs in other parts of the world. There are also South Asian families who own grocery stores and restaurants. Others have more modest jobs working as cab drivers or farm workers. Though there are special events for South Asians based on their language, they commonly come together as a group, even those who are "generic" South Asians. These gatherings might be cultural or religious. Hinduism is an important part of their culture, and it gives South Asians an identity. South Asians in diaspora often accept one another regardless of religious affiliation. They are not likely, however, to marry across religious or caste lines.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Most South Asians in Somalia are Muslim. Muslims believe that there is only one god, Allah. Theirs is a religion of works based on five basic "pillars. " Muslims must affirm that "there is no god but Allah, and Mohammed is his prophet. " They are also required to pray five times a day, give alms to the poor, fast during the month of Ramadan, and try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca. These South Asian Muslims blend in with the local population at the mosques.

What Are Their Needs?

South Asians, be they Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh, need to hear that Jesus Christ came to save sinful mankind. The message that we have offended the one true and living God is not a popular message. If Christ followers were willing to befriend South Asians, they could earn a hearing. It would take time and much prayer. Unfortunately, very few believers are willing to do this to reach these unreached people who are often living in a place where there is freedom of religion.

Prayer Points

Pray for workers, filled with the fruit of the Holy Spirit, to go to the South Asians in Somalia. Pray for South Asians in Somalia to have the spiritual hunger to seek and find Jesus Christ. Pray for South Asians in Somalia to begin a family-based movement to Christ that will bless them abundantly. Pray for the Lord’s blessing of the South Asian diaspora and the work of their hands as a testimony of his goodness and power.

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