Baha'i in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Bahai religion traces back to 1844 where it was founded in Persia as the Babi religion. Shaykh Sa’id Hindi was the founder. It was originally intended to be a reform movement within Islam. Bahaism found a home in what was then colonial India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are usually a wealthy people group who often run their own businesses. Because of their unorthodox beliefs, the Bahais are not welcome in Muslim Pakistan, a nation that is noted for persecuting religious minorities. By spreading their doctrine many fatwas have been issued for those converting from Islam to Bahaism. Fatwas are a pronouncement calling for their death. Ironically, many from the heretical Ahmadi Islamic movement have turned to Bahaism. Muslims especially object to the Bahais going to Jerusalem as a pilgrimage.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bahai religion was born from the belief of a man who saw himself to be the Muslim messiah in the early 1800s. Bahais believe that when there is a crisis, God appears in the form of a prophet or ascended master. They believe that Buddha, Moses, Mohammed, and Jesus are all such manifestations. It is universalistic; Bahais believe in a common foundation for all religions. They believe that men and women are equal, and they oppose all forms of ethnic prejudice. There is essential harmony between science and religion. Perhaps for this reason, Bahais are known for their efforts to make educational opportunities available to all, even the very poor. Their founder likened death to the process of birth. He taught that the world beyond is as different from this world as this world is different from that of the child while still in the womb. The analogy to the womb in many ways summarizes the Bahai view of earthly existence. Just as the womb constitutes an important place for a person’s initial physical development, the physical world provides the matrix for the development of the individual soul. The progressing soul grows closer to God, while the soul that refuses to progress remains distant from God.


What Are Their Needs?

Bahais need to find safety and acceptance. They also need to learn that Jesus Christ is who He said He is; there is no other name under heaven by which we must be saved.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Baha'i in Pakistan.

Pray for the Bahai to understand that Jesus is far above all others, and He can never be put on the same level as those whom they regard as "ascended masters." Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Bahais in Pakistan. Pray for Christ followers to go to the Bahais in Pakistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bah%C3%A1%CA%BC%C3%AD_Faith_in_Pakistan
https://minorityrights.org/2013/04/10/a-pakistani-bahais-story/
https://bahaipedia.org/Pakistan
https://www.facebook.com/Bahai-Community-Pakistan-193459320751653/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Baha'i
People Name in Country Baha'i
Population this Country 500
Population all Countries 25,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bin; Binda; Bing; बहा'ई
People ID 10564
ROP3 Code 100760
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 500
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Urdu
Primary Language Sindhi
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Urdu
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Other / Small
Religion Subdivision: Baha'i
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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