Khoja in Pakistan


Population
850,000
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 850,000
World Population 1,262,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 16
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
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Punjab
709,000
Sindh
92,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
31,000
Azad Kashmir
7,800
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
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Punjab 709,000
  Sindh 92,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 31,000
  Azad Kashmir 7,800
  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
Language 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
Other 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 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 %
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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 latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.




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