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
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Population in Pakistan 1,974,000
World Population 4,274,000
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 Central 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 (1,527,000) Sindh (194,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (171,000) Azad Kashmir (43,000)
Islamabad (18,000) Federally Administer (3,500) Gilgit-Baltistan (1,700) Balochistan (600)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (1,527,000) Sindh (194,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (171,000) Azad Kashmir (43,000)
Islamabad (18,000) Federally Administer (3,500)
Gilgit-Baltistan (1,700) Balochistan (600)
Languages & Dialects on file:  21  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (1,435,000) Urdu (234,000) Seraiki (97,000) Sindhi (83,000)
Hindko, Southern (41,000) Hindko, Northern (27,000) Bagri (6,700) Shina, Kohistani (4,900)
Marwari (4,100) 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)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 1,435,000 Urdu 234,000
Seraiki 97,000 Sindhi 83,000
Hindko, Southern 41,000 Hindko, Northern 27,000
Bagri 6,700 Shina, Kohistani 4,900
Marwari 4,100 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

For Main Lanugage: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
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 %
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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