Banjara, Muslim in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Banjara were traditionally a nomadic community, but today they more commonly are settled and work in agricultural production. They believe that they were originally Hindu and were forcibly converted to Islam. They are non-vegetarians who eat beef. The Muslim Banjara have twelve clans. They maintain cordial relations with neighboring communities and share water sources with them. They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam.

Ministry Obstacles

To follow Jesus is to risk upsetting community harmony, and to risk losing family and friends.

Outreach Ideas

Christian workers need to build bridges of friendship and trust with the Banjara. Genuinely caring for material and physical needs is a big step in this direction.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no present followers of Jesus among the Muslim Banjara community, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light. Pray for materials to help them grow properly, such as recorded or written Scripture, and Gospel films.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Banjara community to be able to adequately care for their families, and for widows, orphans, and elderly people to have the care and protection needed.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banjara, Muslim
People Name in Country Banjara, Muslim
Population in Pakistan 87,000
World Population 246,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Badi, Bhanjara, Bhanjra, Bhojru, Brinjari, Chhakda, Chhakda Banjara, Dhali, Guwaria, Laban, Lambada, Lambana, Lambani, Paracha, Sirkiband, Wanjara
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Banjara, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25f
People ID 17482
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (43,000) Punjab (23,000) Sindh (19,000) Federally Administer (700)
Islamabad (30) Balochistan (30)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (43,000) Punjab (23,000)
Sindh (19,000) Federally Administer (700)
Islamabad (30) Balochistan (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (40,000) Urdu (27,000) Seraiki (7,000) Hindko, Northern (5,000)
Pashto, Northern (1,900) Hindko, Southern (1,700) Sindhi (1,700) Marwari (800)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 40,000 Urdu 27,000
Seraiki 7,000 Hindko, Northern 5,000
Pashto, Northern 1,900 Hindko, Southern 1,700
Sindhi 1,700 Marwari 800

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: Kingdom Rain  
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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