Mirasi, Muslim traditions in Pakistan






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The Muslim Mirasi belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. There is also a Hindu Mirasi people group, but the two groups do not intermarry. Traditionally, they have been a basically landless community working as musicians, but are presently involved in several vocations. Some are nomadic, and some are beggars. Child marriage exists in some areas, girls being married at age 8-10 years and boys around 14 years. The literacy rate is quite low. Although they are Muslims, some revere Hanuman and Durga as deities and others worship Ram Dev as a clan deity. They honor and appease shrines of Muslim saints (pirs). Azan, the Muslim call to prayer, is whispered in the ear of a baby one day after birth.

Ministry Obstacles

Obstacles to the Gospel are numerous and often severe throughout Pakistan. There is much spiritual opposition, and much opposition from people who are strongly Muslim.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for good quality Gospel radio to be available throughout Pakistan, in several languages. Pray the people will listen, with understanding. Pray the Lord will open their minds to his message of salvation as found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There is an indication that a few hundred people have identified themselves as Christians in this group. Please pray they won't re-convert back to Islam, and will be protected from harm. They need to fellowship together, so pray for this to occur.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray not only for the Muslim Mirasi of Pakistan, but that the entire country will experience peace within and peace with India. Pray especially for the Lord's Spirit to change circumstances such that his glory and wonderful deeds can be freely shared throughout the country and among all people groups.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-19
People Name General Mirasi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Mirasi, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 1,839,000
World Population 1,878,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhand, Charan, Dhadhi, Dom, Dum, Langah, Mir, Mira, Miralm, Mir-Alm, Miriasi, Miriasin, Nagarchi, Pakhwadji, Pakhwaji, Shaikh, Sheikh, Tasbirdar
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:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,592,000) Sindh (137,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (77,000) Azad Kashmir (24,000)
Islamabad (7,800) Federally Administer (400) Balochistan (400) Gilgit-Baltistan (100)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,592,000) Sindh (137,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (77,000) Azad Kashmir (24,000)
Islamabad (7,800) Federally Administer (400)
Balochistan (400) Gilgit-Baltistan (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (1,310,000) Urdu (163,000) Saraiki (106,000) Sindhi (52,000)
Hindko, Northern (19,000) Hindko, Southern (9,000) Bagri (6,800) Shina, Kohistani (1,400)
Shina (1,200) Kashmiri (400) Koli, Wadiyara (100) Kachchi (100)
Koli, Parkari (90) Kohistani, Indus (80) Waneci (70) Kalami (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 1,310,000 Urdu 163,000
Saraiki 106,000 Sindhi 52,000
Hindko, Northern 19,000 Hindko, Southern 9,000
Bagri 6,800 Shina, Kohistani 1,400
Shina 1,200 Kashmiri 400
Koli, Wadiyara 100 Kachchi 100
Koli, Parkari 90 Kohistani, Indus 80
Waneci 70 Kalami 30
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
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.01 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
99.99 %
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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