Kahar, Muslim traditions in India






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Introduction / History

The Kahar or Kahal people have several stories about the deriving of their name. It is said, by some anthropologists, that the name comes from the combination of the words kandh, meaning 'shoulder' and ahar, meaning 'food.' Their traditional work has been as palanquin (a seat carried between poles on the shoulder) or water carriers. They are over 7 million strong in India and in some areas known as a Schedule caste.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today many of the Kahar can be found to have many occupations. Some are small businessman, shop keepers or food vendors. In the rural areas they can be found as cultivators, labourers or rickshaw-pullers. The majority of Kahar clans are Hindu but there are many Muslim Kahar in Nepal and India. There primary language in Nepal is Maithili and Bhojpuri. Prasad, Singh and Verma are common surnames.

What Are Their Needs?

In general that Kahar are favourable to having their children attend school and this may be an avenue of ministry and assistance to the community. Pray that some from the Kahar would hear and come to know the name of Jesus. There are no known workers among this Muslim group in Nepal.

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People Name General Kahar, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Kahar, Muslim traditions
Population in India 80,000
World Population 213,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chandrabansi, Kamkar, Kanhar, Kuhara, Ramani, Rawani
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Kahar, Muslim traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17579
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (57,000) West Bengal (15,000) Bihar (6,500) Uttarakhand (1,300)
Haryana (500) Punjab (300) Andaman and Nicobar (20) Chandigarh (10)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh (57,000) West Bengal (15,000)
Bihar (6,500) Uttarakhand (1,300)
Haryana (500) Punjab (300)
Andaman and Nicobar (20) Chandigarh (10)
Languages & Dialects on file:  10  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (62,000) Bengali (14,000) Bhojpuri (600) Bundeli (400)
Panjabi, Eastern (400) Maithili (300) Awadhi (80) Magahi (60)
Kumaoni (40) Garhwali
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 62,000 Bengali 14,000
Bhojpuri 600 Bundeli 400
Panjabi, Eastern 400 Maithili 300
Awadhi 80 Magahi 60
Kumaoni 40 Garhwali 10
For Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Urdu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: UGV Devanagari Text / Printed Matter
Bible: اردو جیو ورژن Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Urdu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH) 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 %
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Profile Source: Anonymous  
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