September: South Asian Muslims
Who They Are
The South Asian Muslim Peoples are the largest bloc of Muslims in the world. There are more Muslims in South Asia than in the entire Middle East and North Africa combined. The most accessible and reachable Muslim population in the world is in India, and yet it is perhaps the least reached and most neglected.
When South Asia was divided after the end of British rule, the Muslims demanded a separate state, resulting in the creation of Pakistan and later Bangladesh. The chaos that proceeded from this, with mass migrations of Muslims and Hindus in and out of these areas, resulted in tens of thousands of deaths. Even to this day, the tension is high between Muslim and Hindu communities. Pakistan and India, both nuclear powers now, have created the world’s most dangerous region and are essentially at a state of war with each other over the disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir.
What God Is Doing
The most significant breakthrough today among Muslims is happening in Bangladesh. Although persecution is beginning to increase, and many leaders have been martyred, the gospel continues to advance. Leaders from this Bengali movement have been sent to India and a similar movement among Urdu speaking peoples has been birthed.
How To Pray:
-Ask God for the protection of emerging leaders and for the rapid multiplication of disciple-making fellowships.
-Pray for more organized effort and concern by India’s Christians to reach the Muslims in their country.
-Pray against fundamentalist Muslims in Pakistan that want to create an Islamic state and enforce Sharia law, which makes conversion a capital offense.
-Pray for more missionaries to be sent from Bangladesh into India.
|Day||Prayer Focus||Hub Country||Population|
|30||Sri Lankan Moors||Sri Lanka||2,000,000|