Mahtam (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
272,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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

* 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

(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest.)
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 in Pakistan 272,000
World Population 272,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6 to 8
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Rai Sikh, महटाम (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17409
ROP3 Code 112809
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 4
Largest States
Punjab
(262,000)
Sindh
(11,000)
Balochistan
(200)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(30)
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 4
  Punjab (262,000)
  Sindh (11,000)
  Balochistan (200)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (30)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (217,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Urdu
(14,000)
Saraiki
(13,000)
Sindhi
(4,300)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (217,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Urdu (14,000)
  Saraiki (13,000)
  Sindhi (4,300)
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 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 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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