Lunia (Muslim traditions) in India

Lunia (Muslim traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Lunia (Muslim traditions)
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 400
World Population: 400
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
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Introduction / History

Lunia people are only found in India. The name Lunia comes from Lun or Nun meaning "moist," and is the name for sea salt. They were known as salt makers.

Where Are they Located?

Lunia people are located in northwestern India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The traditional occupation of salt-making is not practiced today due to imported salt. Lunia people farm, on small land plots that they own. They also build roads and railways, make bricks, dig wells, practice as architects, and house builders. Some are doctors or lawyers working at district and state levels.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most are Hindu, there are some Sunni Muslims among the Lunia people of India. Like other Muslim communities in South Asia, their theology is affected by traditional Hinduism. Sunni Muslims believe that the One, 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 prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

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. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.

What Are Their Needs?

Although audio, visual and written Bible resources are available in Urdu, their spoken language, they remain unreached with the truth of the gospel. Their greatest need is to understand the infinite love of Almighty God for them, and His provisional payment of the penalty for their sins. They need to be set free from sin by the sin-forgiving Savior, Jesus Christ!

Prayer Points

Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Muslim Lunia people.
Pray for a movement of Lunia households to study the Bible and accept the spiritual blessings of Christ.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive Muslim Lunia people to the arms of Jesus.
Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Lunia people.

Text Source:   Keith Carey