Kashmiri (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Subgroups: 22 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Malik 63,000
Mir 59,000
Bat 41,000
Lon 27,000
Shaikh 26,000
Khauja 23,000
Dar 21,000
Ganai 8,800
Raina 7,300
Tantrei 4,300

Introduction / History

The Kashmiri live in Kashmir, a breathtaking region that is located in the western Himalayan Mountains of northwestern India and northeastern Pakistan. Unfortunately, this is a highly disputed area. It has been a battleground between India, Pakistan, and China since the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947. When India and Pakistan were divided, Kashmir was given the choice of siding with either of the two countries. Since the ruling class was Hindu, they sided with India. However, most of the people were Muslims and felt more alliance to Pakistan. Today, parts of Kashmir are controlled by India, parts by Pakistan, and parts by China; and fierce fighting continues among the three. More than ninety percent of Kashmir is mountainous. It includes the Karakorum Range, which contains K2, the second highest peak in the world. Most of the region is under snow and glaciers all year due to its extreme elevation.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kashmiri primarily live in rural regions; only about one fifth live in cities. They are descendants of Indo-Aryan immigrants and are generally tall, fair skinned, and have features like the people of Central Asia.

Most of the Kashmiri are peasant farmers. They raise rice, wheat, maize, barley, lentils, and fruit such as apples, peaches, and apricots. The lakes of Kashmir supply many fish and water chestnuts. Sheep, goats, and yaks are raised at higher elevations. These flocks produce cashmere, a rich wool that is also very popular in the West. The men primarily tend to the farms, and the women usually stay home and tend to the household chores.

Because most Kashmiri villages lie in remote areas, festival celebrations and pilgrimages to shrines are times for uniting the communities. The villagers enjoy gathering around a fire and sharing folk tales or ballads. They also enjoy music and dancing. Cricket and soccer have become some of their favorite sports.

Extended families commonly live together. Their house styles vary with the elevation. In mountainous areas where there is much snow, the roofs are triangular and steep. Houses in the rural valley regions often have storage areas for grain, fodder, fuel, wood, leaves, charcoal, and dried dung. All of these materials are necessary when winter conditions become severe. The homes are usually built out of stone, brick, thatch, and timber.

The Kashmiri are very hospitable people and enjoy entertaining guests over tea. Their diet is similar to that of other Indians. Wood, dung, and kerosene are the main sources of fuel for cooking.

In addition to farming, many of the Kashmiri are skilled crafters of wood furniture, wool carpets, and sweaters. Industrial development is limited in Kashmir, but the large number of timber forests and rivers are used for producing hydro-electric power. Tourism is also an important industry, although it has declined in recent years because of the violence in the region.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most of the Kashmiri are devout Sunni Muslims, who follow a strict code of conduct. Those who convert to Christianity are viewed as immoral, degenerate people; Christians in this region are often persecuted. Many Kashmiri have heard of Jesus Christ, but view him merely as a prophet and teacher.

Pakistan is a nation that was founded with a specific purpose: to create a separate nation for the Muslims of Indian. Islam is not just a religion there, it is a way of life. The word of Allah is believed to have supernatural power, and is used to ward off or cure any kind of trouble or sickness.


What Are Their Needs?

Today, there are only a relative few known Kashmiri believers in this region. The Islamic stronghold over them will only be broken down through prayer.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kashmiri (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.

* Ask the Holy Spirit to grant wisdom and favor to missions agencies currently working among Kashmiris.
* Pray that the Lord will give Kashmiri believers boldness to share the Gospel with their own people.
* Ask God to deliver the Christians in the Kashmir region from persecution.
* Pray for the effectiveness of the Jesus film among the Kashmiri.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams who will begin breaking up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Pray that God will give these precious people a revelation of who Jesus truly is: their Lord and Christ.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth a strong and growing Kashmiri Church for the glory of His name!


Profile Source:   Bethany World Prayer Center  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-12
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-04
People Name General Kashmiri (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kashmiri (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation kash-MEER-ee
World Population 8,131,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 27
Alternate Names Kashmiri-Punjabi; Keshur; Khoja; Mansoori; Mansoori Muslim; Shia Imami Ismaili; कश्मीरी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 12558
ROP3 Code 104709
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Muslim - Other
People Group Kashmiri (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25i
Total Subgroups 22 (only 15 largest shown)
  Malik 63,000
  Mir 59,000
  Bat 41,000
  Lon 27,000
  Shaikh 26,000
  Khauja 23,000
  Dar 21,000
  Ganai 8,800
  Raina 7,300
  Tantrei 4,300
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)
Location in Country Jammu and Kashmir, south of Shina.   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Azad Kashmir
508,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
350,000
Punjab
205,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
184,000
Sindh
80,000
Islamabad
6,600
Balochistan
800
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)
Location in Country Jammu and Kashmir, south of Shina..   Source:  www.ethnologue.com
Total States 7
  Azad Kashmir 508,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 350,000
  Punjab 205,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 184,000
  Sindh 80,000
  Islamabad 6,600
  Balochistan 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (358,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Kashmiri
298,000
Hindko, Northern
167,000
Pashto, Northern
155,000
Shina
117,000
Khowar
51,000
Balti
49,000
Pashto, Central
40,000
Shina, Kohistani
23,000
Gujari
21,000
Hindko, Southern
6,200
Bateri
5,000
Burushaski
3,000
Kohistani, Indus
1,900
Kalasha
600
Kalami
600
Primary Language Urdu (358,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Kashmiri 298,000
  Hindko, Northern 167,000
  Pashto, Northern 155,000
  Shina 117,000
  Khowar 51,000
  Balti 49,000
  Pashto, Central 40,000
  Shina, Kohistani 23,000
  Gujari 21,000
  Hindko, Southern 6,200
  Bateri 5,000
  Burushaski 3,000
  Kohistani, Indus 1,900
  Kalasha 600
  Kalami 600
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Islam
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 Copyrighted © 2019  Matt Brandon  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.