Western Punjabi in Libya

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Introduction / History

Did you know there is a major people group that is split between three major religions? The Punjabis of South Asia are divided between Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. Because they have different religious affiliations, each of these three communities have little positive contact with one another. Far fewer believers are reaching out to the Muslim Punjabis. Anyone who wants to reach them in Pakistan is taking their lives in their hands. The same goes for Punjabi Muslims who live outside of South Asia. Those who have migrated to Libya for work have few, if any, chances to meet a follower of Christ. Most of the Punjabis who have left South Asia for work are Sikhs, but according to the Joshua Project, those who live in Libya are Muslims. These Muslim Punjabis originated in Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The number of Muslim Punjabis in Libya is small enough that they are forgotten in Wikipedia’s "Punjabi Diaspora" entry. The vast majority of Punjabis who live abroad are Sikhs, not Muslims. There are some Muslim Punjabis in Libya, however small their numbers may be. It is unclear as to what they do for a living.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Like the Punjabi living in their original country of Pakistan, the Western Punjabi of Libya are primarily Muslims. Since it was the Turks who brought Sunni Islam to this region, most of the Punjabi are Muslims of the Hanafite branch.

What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Punjabis need to embrace salvation by grace alone, not by works, that no man can boast.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Punjabi, Western in Libya.

Pray for Christ’s ambassadors to go to the Muslim Punjabis in Libya. Pray for a massive movement to Christ among Muslim Punjabis throughout the world. Pray for these Muslims to have a desire for spiritual truth that will lead them to the cross and the empty grave.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Punjabi, Western
People Name in Country Punjabi, Western
Natural Name Western Punjabi
Population this Country 69,000
Population all Countries 107,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Lahnda; Punjabi; Western Punjabi
People ID 15382
ROP3 Code 110802
Country Libya
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Libya
Region Africa, North and Middle East
Continent Africa
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (69,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (69,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
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
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source Steve Evans - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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