Badhai (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

The Badhai name comes from the Sanskrit vardhna which means 'cutting'. The Hindu community of the Badhai 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!


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Badhai (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Badhai (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Badhai (Muslim traditions)
World Population 677,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
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 Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Sindh
62,000
Punjab
24,000
Islamabad
100
Balochistan
70
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Sindh 62,000
  Punjab 24,000
  Islamabad 100
  Balochistan 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Western
27,000
Urdu
23,000
Saraiki
6,700
Bagri
800
Koli, Wadiyari
300
Kacchi
200
Marwari
100
Koli, Parkari
100
Punjabi, Eastern
80
Primary Language Sindhi (29,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Western 27,000
  Urdu 23,000
  Saraiki 6,700
  Bagri 800
  Koli, Wadiyari 300
  Kacchi 200
  Marwari 100
  Koli, Parkari 100
  Punjabi, Eastern 80
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2020  Anonymous  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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