Princes now labourers: violence ensues
The Deccani Muslims ruled the Deccan Plateau from the 14th century onwards. The Kingdom of Deccan (or Hyderabad) had the status of a princely state for two centuries until the government of India ended Muslim rule (Nizam Dynasty) in 1948. The Deccani went from being princely rulers, officials, and wealthy landowners to blacksmiths, shopkeepers, carpenters and taxi drivers.
Large numbers of Deccani Muslims (about 2.5 million) are found in the metropolitan city of Hyderabad, the state capital of Andhra Pradesh. Around 95 per cent of them are Sunnis and the other five per cent are Shi’as with a strong Sufi influence.
The Deccani are one of the least-reached megapeople groups of the world. Deprived of their former sources of wealth, honour and power, many Deccani Muslims are deep in destitution and despair. They need encouragement and hope, which can only be realised through a clear understanding of the gospel. They need your prayers!
In the last couple of decades, as the result of the work of some mission agencies, there are a few believers among the Deccani people. However, the work has been slow and tiresome. The task will remain the same until the Church in India catches a vision and burden to reach this people group.
* Muslims believe in the Holy Scriptures, so pray for large distribution of Bibles. Only the Word of God can give them hope. (John 1:14 — “The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.”)
* Hyderabad is identified by the central government of India as highly sensitive. Violence can be triggered between Muslims and Hindus in a moment. Pray accordingly.
* Pray for supernatural interventions from God, that they will have dreams and visions about Jesus as the way, truth and life (John 14:6).
* Pray for the Church to have a burden and vision for this people, so that more prayers and workers can be mobilised into this work (Romans 10:14).
* Pray especially for members of Islamic fundamentalist groups who are trying to prevent the efforts to reach this people (Matthew 5:44).
Posted on Mon, August 5, 2013
by Donna Shiflett