Khoja in Pakistan


Population
856,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction

The Khoja are a Muslim community which still retains some Hindu practices. They maintain intercommunity linkages with all the communities, both of the Islamic faith and of the non-Islamic faith. They accept and exchange food and water with other communities. The majority are engaged in trade. Only sons inherit ancestral property and the eldest son inherits the father's authority. First cousins are preferred as spouses. They arrange marriages through negotiation and marry within subgroups. Disposal of the dead is by burial. They attend the mosques of both the Shias and the Sunnis.


Ministry Obstacles

The Khoja community speaks a number of languages in Pakistan. Each language subgroup may need its own church planting project.


Outreach Ideas

Pray the Khoja will learn they can download scripture, the Jesus film and Gospel recordings from the Internet. Especially pray the younger people will become interested in these downloads, and will read and listen to them.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There probably are no followers of Jesus today among the Khoja of Pakistan. However, please pray the Lord will prepare and send teachers and pastors at the proper time to those who will soon come to saving faith in Christ.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray the Khoja community will increasingly desire to know the love of God, and will learn that a relationship with a loving God is possible because of the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus. Pray they will become convinced that Jesus is indeed deity, and that he died for them.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-11-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-04-20
People Name General Khoja
People Name in Country Khoja
Population in Pakistan 856,000
World Population 1,269,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 18 to 21
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Firkai-Jafaria, Firkai-Jataria, Imami, Imami Ismaili Shi, Ismaili, Khoja Shia Asna Asari, Khojah, Khojura, Khwajo, Nizari, Nizarians, Shi'a, Shia Ismaili, Shias Isna Asari, खोजा
People ID 17177
ROP3 Code 112531
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Punjab
(714,000)
Sindh
(93,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(31,000)
Azad Kashmir
(7,900)
Islamabad
(4,900)
Balochistan
(2,400)
Gilgit-Baltistan
(2,100)
Federally Administer
(200)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Punjab (714,000)
  Sindh (93,000)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (31,000)
  Azad Kashmir (7,900)
  Islamabad (4,900)
  Balochistan (2,400)
  Gilgit-Baltistan (2,100)
  Federally Administer (200)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (633,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Sindhi
(60,000)
Urdu
(52,000)
Saraiki
(39,000)
Kacchi
(12,000)
Hindko, Northern
(4,000)
Hindko, Southern
(1,400)
Marwari
(900)
Punjabi, Eastern
(300)
Shina, Kohistani
(300)
Jadgali
(200)
Koli, Kachi
(200)
Bagri
(100)
Kashmiri
(100)
Koli, Parkari
(80)
Koli, Wadiyara
(50)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (633,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Sindhi (60,000)
  Urdu (52,000)
  Saraiki (39,000)
  Kacchi (12,000)
  Hindko, Northern (4,000)
  Hindko, Southern (1,400)
  Marwari (900)
  Punjabi, Eastern (300)
  Shina, Kohistani (300)
  Jadgali (200)
  Koli, Kachi (200)
  Bagri (100)
  Kashmiri (100)
  Koli, Parkari (80)
  Koli, Wadiyara (50)
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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 Bible-in-Your-Language
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 Create International   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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