Arain, Muslim in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

Sitting in a corner bench in the Lahore High Court, Wassim, a young Arain man, feverishly took notes on his laptop. Drops of perspiration were falling on the computer screen. The relentless Lahore summer heat and humidity didn't spare even those within this Mughal-Gothic style building. Wassim's father wished that his son would become as good a lawyer as he is. Wassim was eager not only to be a good lawyer, but also to reform Pakistan's legal system.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Arains are an agricultural caste that over the years has reached the echelons of lawmakers and politicians. Fabled to have come along with Muhammad bin Qasim, a Syrian Umayyad General, the Arains claim to have come from Areeha (Jericho, Syria). Claiming also to be of Arab descent, they pride themselves of "unbroken practice of Islam." However, there are 19,000 Sikhs among them.
Today they primarily live in the Punjab, a region straddling the border between India and Pakistan. During the time of the British Raj or rule, the Arains were chiefly employed to cultivate the land around the cities. They were favored over the other tribes because they were diligent in their work. They used their newfound wealth to further education, which has left them with a legacy of extensive contributions in the field of politics and the practice of the law.

Prayer Points

Pray that the Arain Muslims and Sikhs find Christ.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-10-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-22
People Name General Arain, Muslim
People Name in Country Arain, Muslim
Population in Pakistan 10,569,000
World Population 10,702,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Airi, Araeen, Arani, Baghban, Chaudhari, Drain, Kunjra, Malik, Mehar, Mian, Raeen, Rain, Rayeen, Rayin, Rin
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Arain, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 16228
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (9,366,000) Sindh (1,036,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (119,000) Azad Kashmir (36,000)
Islamabad (7,400) Balochistan (3,200) Federally Administer (1,000) Gilgit-Baltistan (900)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (9,366,000) Sindh (1,036,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (119,000) Azad Kashmir (36,000)
Islamabad (7,400) Balochistan (3,200)
Federally Administer (1,000) Gilgit-Baltistan (900)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (7,860,000) Urdu (1,113,000) Saraiki (624,000) Sindhi (398,000)
Hindko, Southern (27,000) Hindko, Northern (16,000) Bagri (8,000) Pashto, Northern (3,300)
Shina, Kohistani (2,900) Kashmiri (1,300) Koli, Parkari (800) Shina (500)
Aer (400) Waneci (200) Pashto, Southern (100) Kalami (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 7,860,000 Urdu 1,113,000
Saraiki 624,000 Sindhi 398,000
Hindko, Southern 27,000 Hindko, Northern 16,000
Bagri 8,000 Pashto, Northern 3,300
Shina, Kohistani 2,900 Kashmiri 1,300
Koli, Parkari 800 Shina 500
Aer 400 Waneci 200
Pashto, Southern 100 Kalami 50
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Punjabi Bible stories Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
0.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
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0.0 %
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Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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