Baghban (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

Baghban means, "one who looks after the garden." Baghban Muslim people are found in India, Pakistan, and Nepal.


Where Are they Located?

Baghban Muslim people of India live mainly in Uttar Pradesh, Maharashtra, and Karnataka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Uttar Pradesh Baghban people speak Urdu and Hindi and write in Perso Arabic among each other. They are not vegetarians and do not drink alcohol. They prefer to marry within the group. They have adult marriages through discussion and cousins often marry. Sons get a larger amount of property than the daughters on the death of the father and the oldest son becomes leader of the home. Marriage is at the home of the bride. They own land and in addition to selling vegetables, some work in confectionery, and some for the government. They value education, some become doctors, teachers, and engineers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Baghban people are Sunni Muslims who worship Allah. They believe Muslim saints pray for them so they can receive their requests. Baghban people use the Koran as their authority and celebrate all festivals of Islam. They fast 40 days during Ramadan.


What Are Their Needs?

Maharashtra enforces an anti-conversion law. This is a serious threat to Christians, and those who would be so.
Bible resources exist in Urdu and Hindi, yet Baghban Muslim people remain unreached.

Family, community, and inter-tribal involvement may be an opportunity for those who know the truth of the gospel to earn eventual acceptance and privilege to speak.


Prayer Points

* Pray that Almighty God would strengthen, encourage, and protect those who would be church planters and disciplers among these spiritually needy people, who do not yet know their Savior.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches that will in turn plant other churches.
* Ask God to transform entire families and communities until their culture is transformed to fully glorify Him, and represent His Kingdom here on earth.


References

Singh, K.S., ed. "Indian's Commuities A-Z," Oxford University Press, USA
1999https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16283/IN


Profile Source:   Karen Hightower  

People Name General Baghban (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Baghban (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 17,000
World Population 268,900
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bagban, Bagvan, बघहबान (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16284
ROP3 Code 111409
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
13,000
Maharashtra
1,800
Karnataka
1,600
Telangana
900
Uttarakhand
80
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Uttar Pradesh 13,000
  Maharashtra 1,800
  Karnataka 1,600
  Telangana 900
  Uttarakhand 80
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (16,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
800
Kannada
70
Awadhi
60
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (16,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 800
  Kannada 70
  Awadhi 60
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
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 Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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 %
Profile Source Karen Hightower  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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