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 10,264,000
World Population 10,394,000
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 Central 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 (8,988,000) Sindh (994,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (114,000) Azad Kashmir (34,000)
Islamabad (7,100) Balochistan (3,000) Federally Administer (1,000) Gilgit-Baltistan (900)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (8,988,000) Sindh (994,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (114,000) Azad Kashmir (34,000)
Islamabad (7,100) Balochistan (3,000)
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) Seraiki (624,000) Sindhi (398,000)
Marwari (56,000) 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
Seraiki 624,000 Sindhi 398,000
Marwari 56,000 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 Main Lanugage: Panjabi, Western

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

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
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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