Faqir in Pakistan


Population
25,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

In Pakistan a name carries much more than a sound; it has a meaning. For example, to be known as a "Faqir" is to be known for being poor. This is a name and a condition that its bearers are well aware of. Faqir is also a caste of Muslim magicians. This can quite often be a strike against them, as they are despised and discriminated against because they practice magic.

Yet it can also be a strike for them as well. "Faqir" also refers to being self-sufficient and having no need except a need for God. They are Muslim ascetics who practice severe self-discipline. This gives them status in the eyes of many.


Where Are they Located?

Though they have a small population, the Faqirs are spread out throughout Pakistan's Punjab and Sindhi Provinces.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Poverty and austerity define their lifestyle.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Faqirs are Muslim; they have blended in many Hindu beliefs, making it a significant challenge for those who would bring the gospel of Jesus to them. Many are also part of Muslim Sufi orders, which are noted for their emphasis on emotion.


What Are Their Needs?

These people, who know they need nothing but God, need to know the true God. They have a distinct advantage over other Muslims in finding truth in that they at least have a partial understanding of what it takes to rely on God.


Prayer Points

* Pray that their poverty, both physical and spiritual, would cease to define the Faqir people, and that they will instead by defined by their abundant hope and joy in Christ.
* Pray that God will give them a heart that will strive for physical and spiritual improvement so that they will be open to embracing the Word of God.
* Pray that the church will take seriously the needs of the Faqirs in Pakistan by committing themselves to impacting them with the gospel.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to emerge among Faqirs in Pakistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fakir
http://www.wordfind.com/word/faqir/
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16762/PK
http://orthodoxchurchpakistan.blogspot.com/2015/02/christianity-in-pakistan-origin-of.html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-13
People Name General Faqir
People Name in Country Faqir
Population in Pakistan 25,000
World Population 121,200
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bava, Bhenrihar, Darvesh, Fakir, Faqirani, Fhakir Budbudki, Gareri, Ghanta Fhakirlu, Ghanti Fhakir, Pir, Sai, Sain, Sayee, Shah, Turaka Budbudiki, फ़क़ीर
People ID 16762
ROP3 Code 112012
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Faqir
Ethnic Code CNN23r
Total Subgroups on file 13
Largest Subgroups
Benawa
3,500
Jalali
2,400
Gosain
2,000
Qalandar
900
Sanyasi
900
Udasi
900
Sadh
500
Jogi
400
Jalais
200
Naushahim
200
Nikokara
70
Husaini
30
Dervesh
20
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Faqir
Ethnic Code CNN23r
Total Subgroups 13
  Benawa 3,500
  Jalali 2,400
  Gosain 2,000
  Qalandar 900
  Sanyasi 900
  Udasi 900
  Sadh 500
  Jogi 400
  Jalais 200
  Naushahim 200
  Nikokara 70
  Husaini 30
  Dervesh 20
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 6
Largest States
Punjab
17,000
Sindh
7,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1,100
Islamabad
300
Balochistan
100
Azad Kashmir
50
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 6
  Punjab 17,000
  Sindh 7,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,100
  Islamabad 300
  Balochistan 100
  Azad Kashmir 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (17,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Urdu
6,600
Sindhi
700
Saraiki
500
Other People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (17,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 6,600
  Sindhi 700
  Saraiki 500
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  (1959)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers 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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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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