Hajam in Pakistan

Population

1,897,000

Christian

0.00%

Evangelical

0.00%

Largest Religion

Main Language

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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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Country Pakistan
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country
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People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
ROP3 Code 112187
Joshua Project People ID 19655
Indigenous Yes
Population in Pakistan 1,897,000
Least-Reached Yes
Alternate Names for People Group 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,
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Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 1,434,935 Urdu 234,040 Seraiki 97,140 Sindhi 82,750
Hindko, Southern 40,850 Hindko, Northern 27,140 Bagri 6,740 Shina, Kohistani 4,850
Marwari 4,130 Koli, Kachi 2,560 Pashto, Central 1,540 Koli, Wadiyara 1,140
Shina 910 Kashmiri 885 Pashto, Northern 830 Gujari 810
Dhatki 430 Kachchi 350 Koli, Parkari 320 Kohistani, Indus 170
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Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Hajam
Ethnic Code CNN25b
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Largest Religion Islam
Buddhism
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Christianity
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
0.00%
Hinduism
0.00%
Islam
100.00%
Non-Religious
0.00%
Other / Small
0.00%
Unknown
0.00%
Christian Segments
Anglican
0.00%
Independent
0.00%
Protestant
0.00%
Orthodox
0.00%
Other Christian
0.00%
Roman Catholic
0.00%
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