Mahtam (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

The Mahtam (Muslim traditions) have only been reported 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

There are many differing stories of the origins of the Mahtam people. No one seems to be certain about their history or origin.


Where Are they Located?

The Mahtam community is mainly in the region stretching from Dera Ghazi Khan in the west, and Lahore in the northeast. Lahore is Pakistan's most culturally influential city.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Mahtam women have almost no freedoms or educational opportunities and suffer from domestic abuse. Most Mahtam people tend to work in the service sector, agriculture, and light industry. High inflation and widespread corruption are crippling factors in Pakistan's economic development, and that affects the Mahtam people. Severe shortages of electricity and gas disrupt normal life and reduce the effectiveness of industry. Poverty affects much of the Mahtam population. Their spiritual poverty is even more desperate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Mahtam people in Pakistan are 100 percent Sunni Muslim; they are unreached and unengaged. Portions of the New Testament, and Bible portions have been translated into Western Punjabi, a language the Mahtam people can understand. Audio resources and the JESUS Film are also available. Technology opens spiritual doors for those who dare to seek truth.

There is a degree of religious freedom promised ethnic minorities by Pakistani law, but in practice, non-Sunnis must practice their faith cautiously and under varying degrees of threat from Islamists. According to Open Doors, Pakistan is the fourth worst nation in regards to persecution of Christians.


What Are Their Needs?

Basics of quality life are not easily attainable for the Mahtam people. Most schools in Pakistan are Islamic (est. 20,000) or expensive private schools. They offer little education beyond memorizing the Koran, and push the brand of Islam preferred by militants. Financial and social inducements to convert to Islam also present a problem to non-Muslims, who are generally poorer and have fewer career and education opportunities.
Operation World reports that Pakistan's government alternates between civilian parties and autocratic military dictatorships. Despite its constitution, shari 'a law is increasingly applied in Pakistan.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray that media tools such as radio, TV, literature, and dreams and visions will break through the spiritual barriers holding the Mahtam people back.
* Pray that God will send his workers to this field.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw them out, disciple them, and make them fishers of the men.
* Pray that they will be willing to take the message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone to their communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17409/PK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mahtam
https://www.jatland.com/home/Mahtam
https://www.revolvy.com/topic/Mahtam&item_type=topic
https://joshuaproject.net/people_grops/18131/IN
https://gloalprayerdigest.org/index.php/Issue/day/Mahtan-people-in-Gurgaon-City/
https://operationworld.org


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Mahtam (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mahtam (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 253,000
Population all Countries 253,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
Alternate Names Rai Sikh; महटाम (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17409
ROP3 Code 112809
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 4
Largest States
Punjab
242,000
Sindh
11,000
Balochistan
200
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
50
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 4
  Punjab 242,000
  Sindh 11,000
  Balochistan 200
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (196,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
64,000
Urdu
41,000
Sindhi
8,700
Marwari
300
Dhatki
200
Hindko, Northern
60
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (196,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 64,000
  Urdu 41,000
  Sindhi 8,700
  Marwari 300
  Dhatki 200
  Hindko, Northern 60
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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