Between the 16th and 18th centuries the Baghban people migrated from western India to Uttar Pradesh. A smaller number moved further norther into what is now Nepal. The Baghban's name derives from their occupation. It means "gardener."
The Muslim Baghban people are spread far and wide. As a result, they speak at least eight languages. You can find them in both the rural and urban parts of India and Pakistan, and a smaller number in Nepal.
Most of the Baghban people are agriculturalists who raise vegetables on small plots. However, others engage in wholesale and retail sales of fruits. They have a Facebook site of some 2,000 members. Although they speak Awalhi, they use Urdu as a trade language. Many in Nepal, no doubt, speak Nepali.
They only marry within their own community, which indicates that anyone who wanted to plant churches among them would probably not be able to include them with other Muslim Background Believers (MBB). Parents decide whom their children will marry. Often they marry a cousin. A man can have more than one wife, but this is rare.
In Nepal the Baghban people are solidly Sunni Muslim. They believe the words of their prophet, Mohammed, as spelled out in the Koran. Allah is the god of creation, and a good Muslim should be fully committed to Allah. Though orthodox Islam frowns on such practices, the Baghbans visit the tombs of their saints in the hope that these saints will intercede for them before Allah, the god of Islam. Some of them join Hindus in their festival of Holi. We know of no followers of Christ among them.
The Baghban community needs to hear about what Jesus can do for them as individuals, as families, and as communities. There are evangelistic materials available to them.
* Pray that God will open Baghban hearts to the gospel and will raise up people of peace to tell them of Jesus.
* Pray that God will reveal himself in dreams and visions and send believers who can explain those dreams and visions to them.
* Pray that many will be drawn to read or listen to gospel resources.
* Pray that churches will adopt this people group and support those seeking to win them to become part of God's family.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Baghban people in Nepal, Pakistan, and India.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Baghban (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Baghban (Muslim traditions)|
|Population in Nepal||900|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bagban, Bagvan, बघहबान (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||25 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
Primary Language: Urdu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1758-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|