Introduction / History
The Kanera people have traditionally been fishermen.
What Are Their Lives Like?
They fish for a living, and they can ironically benefit from destructive floods that bring more fish.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Kanera people are Sunni Muslims who 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. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.
What Are Their Needs?
The Kanera people need good schools and hospitals so their educational and medical needs are met.
* Scripture Prayers for the Kanera in Pakistan.
Pray for workers to go to the Kanera people of Pakistan. Pray for spiritual openness and a desire to find God’s truth. Pray for a family-based Disciple Making Movement among the Kanera people.