Gaddi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

The name Gaddi is derived from the word "gaderan," the local name for the hilly tracts of Himachal Pradesh. They usually live in hilly or mountainous places with their livestock, so their population is higher in northern India than it is in the relatively flat Pakistani provinces of Punjab and Sindh. A small number live in Nepal. They are a Scheduled Tribe, which means they have low status. The Gaddi origin is shrouded in legends, but they probably moved to their current locations to escape the Moghal Empire.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many make their living by sheep raising and farming. Women take part in agriculture and animal husbandry and contribute to the family income. Each household consists of a nuclear family. Houses are generally two or three stories, with balconies and paved courtyards. The ground floor is used for keeping cattle, while the second story is used for living, sleeping and cooking. Gaddi women have much more equality than do most other Muslim communities. They sometimes earn money, do the time-honored work of turning milk into yoghurt and ghee and participate in Islamic rituals. They pray at home rather than the mosque. They have their own folk songs and folk tales. Their village councils make decisions for their communities.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Gaddi follow Muslim or Hindu traditions, although they have their own animistic traditions whether they are Hindu or Muslim. The Muslim Gaddi believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. Gaddi Muslims are noted for their respect for Muslim saints. They go to the tombs of these saints, leave money or some other offering, and expect their prayers will be answered.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Gaddi people need the opportunity to know the God who created all the beauty they see around them.


Prayer Points

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

Pray for workers to go to the Gaddi people in Pakistan. Pray for Gaddi family leaders to open the door for gospel workers in their communities. Pray for spiritual openness among the Gaddi people. Pray for a movement to Christ that will bless all Gaddi communities in Nepal, India and Pakistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaddis
https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/gaddi/
https://www.livemint.com/Leisure/Wzkj0Wad8pumyLNu5nkfGK/A-journey-with-Gaddi-pastoralists.html
https://www.indianmirror.com/tribes/gadditribe.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gaddi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Gaddi (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 41,000
Population all Countries 476,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gadolli; Goala; Pahari Bharmauri; Rathi; गद्दी
People ID 16770
ROP3 Code 112023
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)
Location in Country Sindh Province   Source:  Joshua Project
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Sindh
17,000
Punjab
16,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
8,500
Islamabad
80
Balochistan
30
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)
Location in Country Sindh Province.   Source:  Joshua Project
Total States 5
  Sindh 17,000
  Punjab 16,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 8,500
  Islamabad 80
  Balochistan 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (9,700 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Urdu
9,000
Sindhi
7,700
Gujari
6,700
Shina
6,300
Saraiki
6,100
Hindko, Northern
3,300
Dhatki
500
Marwari
400
Kashmiri
200
Pahari-Potwari
100
Balochi, Eastern
40
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (9,700 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 9,000
  Sindhi 7,700
  Gujari 6,700
  Shina 6,300
  Saraiki 6,100
  Hindko, Northern 3,300
  Dhatki 500
  Marwari 400
  Kashmiri 200
  Pahari-Potwari 100
  Balochi, Eastern 40
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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 Rajesh Balouria - Pixabay  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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