Daily Topic for August 16, 2009
The Urdu-speaking Muslims who live near the Ganges River know that there will be a day of Judgment, and that Jesus will come again. But it’s very possible that their Islamic religious teachers will neglect to tell them about the Second Coming and the Judgment. Even so, it is very unlikely that they have heard that Jesus is the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. Who will tell them?
Pray for loving and trustworthy ambassadors to go to the Urdu-speaking Muslims with this message of salvation. Pray that they will embrace this truth.
There are many bases for prejudice: race, religion, customs, and language. The latter, language, conveys to others who we are. The accents, inflections, and idioms we use denote our background and culture. It may inspire trust or hatred to hearers. Urdu, the national language of Pakistan, has an estimated 104 million speakers. Many of them live in other countries besides Pakistan, especially India. Urdu is one of the 15 languages recognized in India’s 1950 constitution. Uttar Pradesh has the highest number of Urdu speakers of all of India’s states, over 13 million. India is divided into linguistic states for administrative facility, and Urdu is spoken in many of them.
The partitioning of India and Pakistan in the late 1940s was to a large extent based upon religion, with most Urdu speaking Muslims living in Pakistan and most Hindi speaking Hindus, living in northern India. Ironically, these two languages are very similar.
Many Muslims in India feel that they are marginalized by Indian police and officials. According to a January 29, 2009 article in BBC News, Indian Muslim community members have accused police of torturing Muslims. In fact, the state of Uttar Pradesh admitted it had done so to 21 men and was compensating each $600. Human Rights Watch has warned of stigmatizing and alienating an entire community.Learn more at joshuaproject.net
Pray that Indian mission agencies will catch the vision for sharing Christ with their Muslim neighbors.-JS