Badhai (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
80,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Badhai name comes from the Sanskrit vardhna which means 'cutting'. The Badhais believe that their name comes from Lord Vishwakarma who created two people groups: the cutters of wood, or Badhai people and the workers of iron, or Lohar people. Of the more than 6 million Badhai in South Asia about 10 percent (or 600,000) are Muslims. Most of those Badhai Muslims live in Uttar Pradesh but others are scattered through north India, Nepal and Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

As mentioned above the Badhai are traditionally wood-cutters and carpenters. Today carpentry is still common though some have acquired land and are involved in agriculture. The men have a custom of wearing the dhoti, a baniyan shirt and a red cloth, or gamcha, over the shoulder. They are not vegetarian and prefer rice and wheat as staple grains. The small Badhai population in Nepal that are found mainly in Rapti, Bheri and Sagarmatha zones are primarily Nepali speaking but also use Urdu, Bhojpuri and Maithili. Though most Badhai are Hindus the smaller Nepali Badhai are nearly all Sunni Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

From the carpentry origins, lets pray that Jesus, the prophet and carpenter, can be proclaimed in this lost community of Muslims. There are no known believers among this group. May woodworking Christians and other believers gain a burden for this group of people!


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Badhai (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Badhai (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 80,000
World Population 706,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Badhai, Barahai, Barai, Barariswabrahma, Barariswakarma, Barhi, Bariswakarma, Barjib, Bharai, Chhan, Chourasia, Jangid Brahman, Jangid Brahmin, Khati, Kolash, Lote, Mistri, Najjar, Panchal, Saifi, Sharmaji, Sutar, Tarkhan, Thakur, Viswakarma, बधाई (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16333
ROP3 Code 111469
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Sindh
(54,000)
Punjab
(26,000)
Islamabad
(70)
Balochistan
(50)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Sindh (54,000)
  Punjab (26,000)
  Islamabad (70)
  Balochistan (50)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (27,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Urdu
(21,000)
Sindhi
(15,000)
Saraiki
(10,000)
Bagri
(700)
Koli, Wadiyara
(700)
Kacchi
(200)
Marwari
(100)
Punjabi, Eastern
(80)
Koli, Parkari
(70)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (27,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Urdu (21,000)
  Sindhi (15,000)
  Saraiki (10,000)
  Bagri (700)
  Koli, Wadiyara (700)
  Kacchi (200)
  Marwari (100)
  Punjabi, Eastern (80)
  Koli, Parkari (70)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video House of Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2017  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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