Khoja in Pakistan







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


The Khoja are a Muslim community which still retains some Hindu practices. They maintain intercommunity linkages with all the communities, both of the Islamic faith and of the non-Islamic faith. They accept and exchange food and water with other communities. The majority are engaged in trade. Only sons inherit ancestral property and the eldest son inherits the father's authority. First cousins are preferred as spouses. They arrange marriages through negotiation and marry within subgroups. Disposal of the dead is by burial. They attend the mosques of both the Shias and the Sunnis.

Ministry Obstacles

The Khoja community speaks a number of languages in Pakistan. Each language subgroup may need its own church planting project.

Outreach Ideas

Pray the Khoja will learn they can download scripture, the Jesus film and Gospel recordings from the Internet. Especially pray the younger people will become interested in these downloads, and will read and listen to them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There probably are no followers of Jesus today among the Khoja of Pakistan. However, please pray the Lord will prepare and send teachers and pastors at the proper time to those who will soon come to saving faith in Christ.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Khoja community will increasingly desire to know the love of God, and will learn that a relationship with a loving God is possible because of the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus. Pray they will become convinced that Jesus is indeed deity, and that he died for them.

Profile Source: Joshua Project

People Name General Khoja
People Name in Country Khoja
Population in Pakistan 816,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Firkai-Jataria, Imami, Ismaili, Khojah, Khojura, Khwajo, Shi'a, Shia Ismaili
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Gujarati
People Name General Khoja
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Country Pakistan
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western (633,000) Urdu (56,000) Sindhi (50,000) Seraiki (38,000)
Kachchi (16,000) Hindko, Northern (4,000) Hindko, Southern (1,400) Marwari (900)
Koli, Kachi (300) Shina, Kohistani (300) Jadgali (200) Koli, Parkari (200)
Koli, Wadiyara (100) Bagri (100) Kashmiri (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 633,000 Urdu 56,000
Sindhi 50,000 Seraiki 38,000
Kachchi 16,000 Hindko, Northern 4,000
Hindko, Southern 1,400 Marwari 900
Koli, Kachi 300 Shina, Kohistani 300
Jadgali 200 Koli, Parkari 200
Koli, Wadiyara 100 Bagri 100
Kashmiri 100
Largest Religion Islam
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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