Labana, Sikh in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


The Sikhs

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What are Their Lives Like?

What group of Sikhs has an Indian icon called "The Salt of the Earth"?

The Lobana (also Labana) Sikhs shine in history as an influential force in India. Known for their shrewdness in trading, even the etymology of their name testifies to their savvy business practices; Lobana means "salt trader." Not only were they known as a great salt-trading community, but they also traded other valuables like cattle. Some believe the Lobana traveled to India from Turkey, trading along the way. They won the favor of India's warrior caste and joined in their battles. In times of peace, they returned to trading. As trading expanded, the Lobana Sikhs capitalized on their skills and watched their economic condition and their upward mobility soar.

Now the wealthy land-owning Lobana Sikhs number more than 350,000 in India. You can see them all over India, though most reside in Punjab. Some have moved to Western countries, where they manage well-established businesses.

What are Their Needs?

The Lobana Sikhs are considered to be among the least reached people groups despite good efforts to reach them. They speak Punjabi, a language that has a full Bible, audio, video, and film resources.

Prayer Points

* Pray that these resources will find their way into Lobana homes.
* Pray that God will send Lobana Sikhs those who will influence them for Christ.
* Pray that Lobana Sikhs will one day be the true Salt of the Earth.

People Name General Labana, Sikh
People Name in Country Labana, Sikh
Population in Bangladesh 300
World Population 365,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Labane, Labhana, Lavana, Lobana
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Labana, Sikh
Ethnic Code CNN25n
People ID 18128
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (100) Chittagong (70) Khulna (30) Sylhet (10)
Rajshahi (0)
Total States on file:  5  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (100) Chittagong (70)
Khulna (30) Sylhet (10)
Rajshahi (0)
Languages & Dialects on file:  2  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (200) Bengali (70)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 200 Bengali 70
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
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
0.00 %
Photo Source: Anonymous  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Asia Harvest
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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