Muslims in Mangalore

The Muslims in Mangalore is a minority community, as most of its residents belong to other religions like Hinduism, Christianity, Jainism and Buddhism. Approximately 80% of the total Muslims in Mangalore belong to the Beary community. The Beary community is also sometimes referred to as the Byari community. Most of the individuals of this vivacious Muslim community reside in the south Kanara district of Karnataka. This district is also known as 'Dakshin Kannada'.

The Beary community in Mangalore is considered to be one of the most important Muslim communities residing in this region of India. The individuals of the Beary community follow various traditions of the Moplahs, residing in the Malabar Coast. Other Muslim communities residing in Karnataka include 'Nawayaths', Mappilas and Labbay.

Unlike the Muslims in north India, the individuals of the Beary community are from the Shafi'i School of Islamic Jurisprudence. In fact, the Bearys of Dakshina Kannada are also considered to be one of the earliest Muslim populations of India. It is believed that the Bearys of Dakshina Kannada have a history of more than 1350 years.

The Muslims of Mangalore speak a dialect known as Beary Bashe or Nakknik Bashe. It is a Dravidian language. It uses the Kannada language script. This language uses words derived from other Dravidian languages like Kannada, Tulu, Konkani, Arabic and Malayalam. This is the only language in the world that is solely spoken by the Muslims.

Last Updated on 21 September 2011