Arghun in Pakistan

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The Argon (or Arghun) derive their name from the Persian term arghwani, meaning beautiful red color. Women enjoy high status, being entitled to inheritance. A particular kind of skirt is the sign of a married girl. After a death, the dead body is given a bath, a funerary prayer is performed, and the dead body is laid to rest. A ritual (jib hoo) is performed on the fortieth day after a death when verses from the Quran are recited. They belong to the Hanafi school of Islam.

Ministry Obstacles

Pakistan is inhospitable to any kind of Christian witness directed toward Muslims, and spiritual opposition is strong.

Outreach Ideas

Much prayer is needed to soften the hearts of Pakistani Muslim towards the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

It is quite unlikely there are any followers of Jesus today among the Arghun community, in either Pakistan or India. Pray for workers and pray for softened hearts.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Arghun communities of Pakistan and India will be given a growing interest in Jesus the Messiah, or Isa, as he is known in the Koran. Pray they will captivated by Jesus and that he will draw these people to himself.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Arghun
People Name in Country Arghun
Population in Pakistan 1,500
World Population 1,570
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Argon, Balti, अर्घून
People ID 16235
ROP3 Code 111353
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 1
Gilgit-Baltistan (1,500)

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Primary Language: Balti (1,500 speakers)   (People group listing)
Language Code: bft   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Balti (1,500 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: bft   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Balti

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1903-1940)
New Testament No
Complete Bible No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Balti
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Primary Religion: Islam

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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source: Joe Kirkendall  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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