Awan, Muslim traditions in Pakistan






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The Awans were among those the British considered to be "martial races" and, as such, formed an important part of the British Indian Army. In particular, the Awans were part of the core Muslim group recruited by the British during the First and Second World Wars. Awans belong to the Zamindar or landowning class, and many Awan families to this day live on and cultivate land which their ancestors have held for centuries. Historians describe them as valiant warriors and farmers who imposed their supremacy on the Janjua in part of the Salt Range, and established large colonies all along the Indus to Sind. They are exclusively Muslim and probably the descendants of some of the earlier Muslim invaders of the tenth century or earlier.

Ministry Obstacles

The Awan have been strongly and entirely Muslim for centuries.

Outreach Ideas

Pray the Awan will learn of the possibility of viewing the Jesus film on the Internet, and listen to Gospel recordings. Pray especially for the youth to do this.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There probably is not a single follower of Jesus within this large community today, although there may be a few secret believers. Pray the Lord will begin to stir the hearts of these people to yearn for a Savior for their sin. Pray they will come to believe that Isa (Jesus) did indeed die for their sins, and that he rose from the dead.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for Awan farmers to learn improved farming practices resulting in higher yields, while protecting the land from erosion and overuse.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-11
People Name General Awan, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Awan, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 5,264,000
World Population 5,281,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Awan, Muslim traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 16264
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (3,153,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,859,000) Islamabad (102,000) Azad Kashmir (64,000)
Sindh (59,000) Balochistan (16,000) Federally Administer (10,000)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (3,153,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,859,000)
Islamabad (102,000) Azad Kashmir (64,000)
Sindh (59,000) Balochistan (16,000)
Federally Administer (10,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (3,295,000) Hindko, Southern (632,000) Urdu (320,000) Hindko, Northern (244,000)
Pashto, Northern (224,000) Saraiki (72,000) Shina, Kohistani (61,000) Pashto, Central (18,000)
Sindhi (13,000) Shina (7,100) Kohistani, Indus (4,800) Pashto, Southern (2,300)
Waneci (1,100) Kalami (1,000) Bateri (800) Bagri (700)
Chilisso (300) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 3,295,000 Hindko, Southern 632,000
Urdu 320,000 Hindko, Northern 244,000
Pashto, Northern 224,000 Saraiki 72,000
Shina, Kohistani 61,000 Pashto, Central 18,000
Sindhi 13,000 Shina 7,100
Kohistani, Indus 4,800 Pashto, Southern 2,300
Waneci 1,100 Kalami 1,000
Bateri 800 Bagri 700
Chilisso 300 Marwari
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 %)
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: Galen Frysinger  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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