Hajam in Bangladesh



Population

378,000

Christian

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

Progress


Introduction / History

The Hajams or Hajjams are also known as the Nai Muslims or Turuk Navid in India. There is a long-standing tradition of the Hajam being hair-cutters, barbers and manicurist. The Hajams are found in nearly every part of India and most of Pakistan. In Nepal they can be found in almost any part of the Terai region.


What are Their Lives Like?

The Hajam remains a respected caste of hair-cutters (hajamat). In some areas the Hajams are the owners of barber shops and salons. In the Muslim community they can often be an active part of the community as hair-trimming for major family events like weddings and funerals can involve them. Even minor ritual surgeries like circumcision can be conducted by some Hajam. In some communities they can also be match-makers and some women assist with childbirth. Though they are Sunni Muslims, married women will often be distinguished by a nose-stud and the "bindi" dot on the forehead. They are not vegetarian and will eat beef with their rice, wheat or maize. In Nepal they speak Nepali as well as Bhojpuri, Urdu as well as Maithili.


What are Their Needs?

There is a little to no ministry among the Hajams although they are a fairly large Muslim group in Nepal. Even though their community can be slow to adopt new medicine and technology this group remains a strategic people to reach with the Gospel as they have far-reaching connection into the Muslim community socially.



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Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-18
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Population in Bangladesh 378,000
World Population 4,271,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Amrewal, Awadhi, Awadhia, Awari, Bahti, Banbiro, Banvaru, Bhandari, Chabang, Chirath, Dhanwal, Didhia, Ghaijo, Hajjam, Hazam, Jadowal, Jallan, Juvwa, Kaila, Kaith, Kalseru Navaliga, Kanaujia, Karagar, Kelasi, Kelasi Mhali, Khalasi, Khalipha, Khurakar, Kshaurak, Mangala, Matkos, Matwal, Mundu, Nabhik, Nadig, Naia, Napit, Narasundar, Navaliga, Navid, Nayeebrahman, Nayinda, Nhavi, Niaria, Osta, Panwari, Paramanik, Punwari, Raja, Rajaji, Sanmukh, Shil, Ustadji, Valand, Valand Nadig, Varik, Vavdichaksi, Wadhi, Wadhio
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Hajam
Ethnic Code CNN25b
People ID 19655
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (97,000) Chittagong (82,000) Rajshahi (61,000) Barisal (47,000)
Khulna (33,000) Sylhet (25,000)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (97,000) Chittagong (82,000)
Rajshahi (61,000) Barisal (47,000)
Khulna (33,000) Sylhet (25,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (298,000) Chittagonian (21,000) Sylheti (20,000) Urdu (2,500)
Bishnupriya (800) Kok Borok (200)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 298,000 Chittagonian 21,000
Sylheti 20,000 Urdu 2,500
Bishnupriya 800 Kok Borok 200
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Printed Matter Christ for the Nations

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 %
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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