Bafinda in India


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

Introduction / History

The name Bafinda, or Bafand, is derived from the Persian word baften, meaning cotton dresser. The traditional occupation of the Bafinda was growing cotton and making it into fabric and clothes.

The primary language of the Bafinda is Dogri. The New Testament and the JESUS Film are available in Dogri. Many of the Bafinda men are also able to speak Urdu, the national language of Pakistan. There are few if any believers among the Bafinda of India.

Many of the Muslim Bafinda left India for Pakistan during the 1947 Partition. A smaller Muslim group decided to stay in India in Kashmir and Jammu. Today the Bafinda people live in northern Pakistan and India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

With the introduction of large cotton farms and clothes factories, the Bafinda have had to go into other jobs to make a living. The Bafinda largely shifted to carpet weaving. Now they are engaged in many vocations including agriculture, animal husbandry, construction, trade, and other businesses.

The Bafinda generally marry only within their own community. Families and young people arrange marriages. The Bafinda try to follow the Islamic laws in their villages. Elders make judicial decisions and deal with outsiders. The Bafinda tend to have large families as children, especially boys, are seen as the blessing of Allah. A man may have up to four wives if he can afford them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bafinda people are Sunni Muslims. They believe in the supreme God, Allah. They believe that God spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

Jammu and Kashmir, the home of the Bafinda people, is an area of conflict between Muslims and Hindus. The Barfinda people need peace in their homeland as well as access to modern medicine in their villages. Most of all, the Barfinda need to know about God’s Son, Isa or Jesus. He alone can forgive their sins and grant them eternal life.


Prayer Points

Pray for a just peace in the region where the Bafinda live.

Pray for workers to go to the Bafinda people in Pakistan and India.

Pray for Bafinda elders to have a hunger for God’s word.

Pray for a chain reaction of believing Bafinda families reaching others that result in thousands of new disciples of Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Bafinda in India.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2017/08/25


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-08-25
People Name General Bafinda
People Name in Country Bafinda
Population this Country 16,000
Population all Countries 120,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bafand; Bafanda; Dhoon; Nadaf; बाफींड़ा
People ID 16279
ROP3 Code 111404
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Jammu and Kashmir 16,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Dogri (7,700 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Kashmiri
3,100
Urdu
2,300
Bhadrawahi
300
Chambeali
70
Primary Language Dogri (7,700 speakers)
Language Code dgo   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Kashmiri 3,100
  Urdu 2,300
  Bhadrawahi 300
  Chambeali 70
People Groups Speaking Dogri

Primary Language:  Dogri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1883-1971)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1826-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories One Story
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Dogri Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store Operation Agape
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Dogri YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Online New Testament (Bibles India) Operation Agape
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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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