Faqir in Pakistan


Population
26,000
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 26,000
World Population 129,500
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
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
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Punjab
(17,000)
Sindh
(7,300)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(1,200)
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 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Punjab (17,000)
  Sindh (7,300)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,200)
  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)
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 No
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 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 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  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 Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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