Hajam in Nepal



Population

40,300

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.



Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-03
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Population in Nepal 40,000
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 Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (16,000) Lumbini (8,700) Bheri (8,000) Rapti (5,800)
Janakpur (2,400) Sagarmatha (1,100) Mechi (1,000) Bagmati (900)
Seti (300) Kosi (300) Gandaki (300) Mahakali (30)
Total States on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Narayani (16,000) Lumbini (8,700)
Bheri (8,000) Rapti (5,800)
Janakpur (2,400) Sagarmatha (1,100)
Mechi (1,000) Bagmati (900)
Seti (300) Kosi (300)
Gandaki (300) Mahakali (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bhojpuri (17,000) Nepali (14,000) Urdu (9,900) Maithili (4,700)
Awadhi (2,400) Rajbanshi (100) Bengali (60) Marwari (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 17,000 Nepali 14,000
Urdu 9,900 Maithili 4,700
Awadhi 2,400 Rajbanshi 100
Bengali 60 Marwari 20
Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1911-1982)
New Testament Yes   (1999-2006)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Global Recordings
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Scripture World Missionary Press Booklets

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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