Hajam in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


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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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-16
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Population in Pakistan 2,042,000
World Population 4,400,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Amrewal, Awadhi, Awadhia, Awari, Bahti, Banbiro, Banvaru, Bhandari, Chabang, Chirath, Dhanwal, Didhia, Ghaijo, Hajjam, Hazam, Jadowal, Jallan, Jarrah, Juvwa, Kaila, Kaith, Kalseru Navaliga, Kanaujia, Karagar, Kelasi, Kelasi Mhali, Khabas, Khalasi, Khalifa, Khalipha, Khurakar, Kshaurak, Mangala, Matkos, Matwal, Mundu, Musalman, Muslim Nai, Nabhik, Nadig, Nai, Nai Muslim, Naia, Napit, Narasundar, Nava, Navaliga, Navid, Nawid, Nayeebrahman, Nayinda, Nhavi, Niaria, Ossan, Ossatha, 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 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 (1,593,000) Sindh (202,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (178,000) Azad Kashmir (45,000)
Islamabad (19,000) Federally Administer (3,600) Gilgit-Baltistan (1,700) Balochistan (600)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,593,000) Sindh (202,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (178,000) Azad Kashmir (45,000)
Islamabad (19,000) Federally Administer (3,600)
Gilgit-Baltistan (1,700) Balochistan (600)
Languages & Dialects on file:  21  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (1,435,000) Urdu (234,000) Saraiki (97,000) Sindhi (83,000)
Hindko, Southern (41,000) Hindko, Northern (27,000) Bagri (6,700) Shina, Kohistani (4,900)
Koli, Kachi (2,600) Pashto, Central (1,500) Koli, Wadiyara (1,100) Shina (900)
Kashmiri (900) Pashto, Northern (800) Gujari (800) Dhatki (400)
Kachchi (400) Koli, Parkari (300) Kohistani, Indus (200) Waneci (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 1,435,000 Urdu 234,000
Saraiki 97,000 Sindhi 83,000
Hindko, Southern 41,000 Hindko, Northern 27,000
Bagri 6,700 Shina, Kohistani 4,900
Koli, Kachi 2,600 Pashto, Central 1,500
Koli, Wadiyara 1,100 Shina 900
Kashmiri 900 Pashto, Northern 800
Gujari 800 Dhatki 400
Kachchi 400 Koli, Parkari 300
Kohistani, Indus 200 Waneci 50
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
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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