Pinjara in Pakistan



Population

167,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


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Introduction / History

The Pinjara (Pinja, Penja, Bahna or Dhunia) derive their name from the term pinjala meaning 'cotton weaver.' Their traditional occupation is naturally one of cleaning and reeling cotton to make pillows, quilts or even mattresses. The over 3 million Pinjara can be found either Muslim or Hindu. It is believed that the Muslim Pinjara converted to Islam about 500 years ago during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Pinjara can today be found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They live in over 500 districts of India and Nepal and speak more than a dozen different languages depending on their location. The Pinjara speak primarily Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili and Urdu. Although they are well over 90% Muslim the Pinjara can be found to keep Hindu festivals, even making vows to Hindu gods. The Pinjara are not vegetarian though do not eat pork. They occupy a higher than unclean status and can be found as both skilled and unskilled workers.


What are Their Needs?

Very little ministry activity has been focused on the Pinjara. Many Urdu resources are available although there is a severe lack of workers to this sizable Muslim group in India and Nepal. Pinjara are sometimes looked down on religiously because of their mixture of Islam and Hinduism beliefs. Pray that the Truth could be known and celebrated in Nepal.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-07
People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Population in Pakistan 167,000
World Population 3,509,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bahana, Bahna, Behana, Behna, Daffali, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Kahrar, Laliwala, Mansoor, Mansoori, Nadaf, Naddaf, Noor, Panjara, Panjora, Panjwara, Penja, Pinara, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjar, Pinjari, Pinjia, Punji, Shaikh Mansoor, Sheikh Monsoori, Soria, Sulia, Tai
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Pinjara
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17877
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:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (159,000) Sindh (2,900) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,800) Azad Kashmir (900)
Islamabad (300) Balochistan (200) Federally Administer (90)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (159,000) Sindh (2,900)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,800) Azad Kashmir (900)
Islamabad (300) Balochistan (200)
Federally Administer (90)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (132,000) Seraiki (17,000) Urdu (11,000) Sindhi (2,200)
Marwari (600) Hindko, Southern (90) Waneci (90) Hindko, Northern (40)
Kashmiri (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 132,000 Seraiki 17,000
Urdu 11,000 Sindhi 2,200
Marwari 600 Hindko, Southern 90
Waneci 90 Hindko, Northern 40
Kashmiri 20
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
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 EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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