Madari (Muslim traditions) in Sri Lanka

Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Madari (Muslim traditions)
Country: Sri Lanka
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 500
World Population: 125,800
Primary Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Madari people have their roots with the Sufi Muslims, a mystic version of Islam. They are faqirs or mendicants, who have renounced worldly possessions and relationships. Though they often beg for alms, faqirs like the Madari believe themselves to be fully dependent on God. There are both Hindu and Muslim faqirs, but the Madari are Muslim. Traditionally they were among itinerant Muslim teachers.

Where Are they Located?

The Madari people live primarily in Pakistan and India though there are smaller numbers of them in Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Some have become farmers or entertainers, though begging is still a large part of their station in life. They are viewed with respect by some Muslims; after all, they have renounced everything for the sake of Allah. Others view them as troublesome beggars.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though the Madari are Sunni Muslims, they are like many other Islamic communities in South Asia. Their form of Islam is tainted by the prevailing Hindu beliefs of the Subcontinent. For that reason, they often point the way, not to Allah, but to charms and amulets.

What Are Their Needs?

The Madari people need to put their trust completely in Jesus Christ, the only one who can give them life to the full.

Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Madari people in Sri Lanka.
Pray for the Madari people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Madari people to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Madari communities.

Text Source:   Keith Carey