Kumhiar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

The Kumhiar people (not to be confused with the Kumhar potters) are a fairly unknown people group. We know very little about their lives, but they are probably mostly farmers in this mountainous land.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Jammu & Kashmir, straddling India and Pakistan. Most live on the Pakistani side of the border, but a sizable minority live in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many of them farm for a living in this high elevation where crops are hard to grow. Potatoes and wheat are important crops. It is a struggle to grow enough food in many parts of Jammu & Kashmir. Life is even more difficult since there is an ongoing low-grade war in Kashmir between India and Pakistan. For this reason, the Kumhiar people live with Pakistani military personnel around them as a constant reminder of the endless conflict.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam, the religion of the Kumhiar people, is both a bridge and an obstacle to the gospel. It’s a bridge in that Muslims understand that they answer to the God of Creation and Jesus is an important prophet. It’s an obstacle in that they firmly believe that the Bible is in error regarding how to find one’s way into a right relationship with this same God. They do not believe there is a Holy Spirit to lead the way to a much-needed Savior. We know of no believers within this Muslim community, so pray that this will be the decade where the Holy Spirit penetrates their hearts and heads in a big way!


What Are Their Needs?

The Kumhiar people need peace in their land so they can provide education for their children and have the opportunities to thrive economically and spiritually.


Prayer Points

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

Pray for the Lord’s lovingkindness to reach the Kumhiar people in such a way that they will understand and embrace it.
Pray for new opportunities to take Christ to Kashmir to come about this decade.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Draw the Kumhiar people to the only one who can save them from their sins and give them joyful lives of righteousness.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17321/IN
https://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=41705


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kumhiar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kumhiar (Muslim traditions)
World Population 53,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gumar; Kumahar; कुम्हियर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17321
ROP3 Code 112701
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)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Azad Kashmir
41,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
2,800
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1,000
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)
Total States 3
  Azad Kashmir 41,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 2,800
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (15,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Pashto, Northern
13,000
Kashmiri
9,600
Shina
4,700
Hindko, Northern
3,900
Khowar
800
Gujari
500
Shina, Kohistani
100
Primary Language Urdu (15,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Pashto, Northern 13,000
  Kashmiri 9,600
  Shina 4,700
  Hindko, Northern 3,900
  Khowar 800
  Gujari 500
  Shina, Kohistani 100
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2007)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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 Anonymous 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more