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.
The Muslim Bawaria live in the Pakistani states of Punjab and Sindh.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Scripture Prayers for the Bawaria (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: David Kugel|
|People Name General||Bawaria (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Bawaria (Muslim traditions)|
|Alternate Names||Bauria; Bhatti; बावारिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|Population this Country||27,000|
|Population all Countries||27,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|ROP25 Name||Bawaria / Bauria|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||7 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Primary Language||Saraiki (17,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||skr Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Saraiki
Bible Translation Status: Unspecified
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Saraiki||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||Android Bible app: Miniafia Oyan: Saraiki||YouVersion Bibles|
|Mobile App||iOS Bible app: Saraiki||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Saraiki||Literacy & Evangelism International|