Bawaria (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

The Bawaria (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in Pakistan
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Introduction / History

The Bawaria people of the Indian subcontinent were originally all Hindus. With the coming of Islam starting in the ninth century some Bawaria converted to Islam. These Muslim Bawaria live in west Pakistan next to the Punjab region of India. Many of these Muslims left India and moved to Pakistan in 1947. They were known to use a noose or net for hunting, so their name is derived from a word for noose. Some of them still make ropes, but they are much more likely to be farmers.

The Muslim Bawaria cultivate land own by themselves and land owned by others. They grow wheat, millet, vegetables, fruit and sugarcane. They also raise animals for meat, leather and dairy products. Many Bawaria are illiterate. Some educated Bawaria work as administrators, teachers, attorneys and businessmen. The primary language of the Muslim Bawaria is Western Punjabi. Many also speak Urdu, which enables them to speak to many Pakistani and Indians.


Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Bawaria live in the Pakistani states of Punjab and Sindh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Bawaria live a seminomadic lifestyle. They harvest products and animals from the land and move on to another place.

A Muslim Bawari eat meat but not pork.

The Muslim Bawaria generally marry only within their group but they will not marry someone in their particular clan or family. Bawaria may live in multi-caste villages where they will live in their own section.

A caste council promotes their interests and settles legal disputes among Muslim Bawaria.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Bawaria people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They attempt to obey the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime.

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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Bawaria must come to see that the true God is found in Jesus Christ and the Bible not in the teachings of Muhammad. The Bawaria need to see Christ lived out before them in practical ways. They would benefit by workers coming to them to help their children learn how to read and write. Since some of the Bawaria are illiterate, the gospel will have to be presented to them in oral form.


Prayer Points

* Pray that God creates a hunger for the true Word of God among the Bawaria.
* Pray that the Lord starts a movement of Muslim Bawaria families experiencing God's blessings.
* Ask God to deliver families and communities within the Bawaria people from fears that hinder them from embracing His blessings.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bawariya
ethnologue.com/language/bge
etnopedia.org/wiki/index.php?title=Punjabi


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Bawaria (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Bawaria (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 23,000
World Population 23,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bauria, Bhatti, बावारिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16347
ROP3 Code 111484
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
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 2
Largest States
Punjab
21,000
Sindh
1,300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Punjab 21,000
  Sindh 1,300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (14,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
4,400
Urdu
1,200
Marwari
1,100
Bagri
700
Sindhi
200
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (14,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 4,400
  Urdu 1,200
  Marwari 1,100
  Bagri 700
  Sindhi 200
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 Yes  (2008)
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 Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
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 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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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