Badhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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* From latest Pakistan census data.
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Introduction / History

It is believed that Lord Vishwakarma created two groups of people, and those who could work in wood were called the Badhi. This term is derived from the Hindi word barhai, meaning "carpenter." Though the Hindu community known as the Badhi claim a descent from Lord Vishwakarma, the divine architect, there is another group of Badhi. The community of Muslim carpenters, part of the Saifi in the Muslim caste-system, are also called Badhi. Though the Hindi tradition states descent from deity, the Muslim tradition claims descent from early Muslim settlers in northern India. More likely, they are Muslim converts from the Badhi caste.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Traditionally, the Badhi were a caste of carpenters and wood workers, making furniture and agricultural implements. Many present-day Badhi have moved into farming or agricultural labor. Though the settlements where they live may be populated by multiple castes or religions, the Muslim Badhi occupy their own quarters. Every settlement has its own panchayat, a caste council for settling disputes and maintaining order. There is very little interaction between the Badhi and other Muslim groups, despite close proximity. Even intermarriage with other groups is almost non-existent. The exception to this rule are those belonging to the Muslim Saifi caste, which encompasses carpenters and blacksmiths. Neighboring non-Muslim groups are even less tolerated, and the Badhi remain socially distant with them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Muslim Badhi worship Allah, the creator and only God, and revere the prophet Mohammed as his primary mouthpiece. Islamic and Judaic beliefs are very similar up through the life of Abraham. While Judaism traces decent from Isaac, the younger son, Islam maintains that Ishmael, as the elder, would have carried the blessing and the promise of God. They view Jewish traditions, and, by extent, their Christian derivatives, as fundamentally incorrect.


What Are Their Needs?

Tradition, teaching and culture have created misunderstandings of the gospel and of what it means to follow Christ. Compounded with life on rural agricultural settlements and an unwillingness to interact with non-Muslim neighbors, can lead to great difficulties in creating opportunities to share the love of God with the Badhi. These misunderstandings need to be overcome in order to effectively spread the good news of Christ.


Prayer Points

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

Pray that the Badhi would be caught up in waves of dreams, visions, and encounters with Christ, and that they would be given clear understanding of the gospel. Pray for bold neighbors to relentlessly display the love of God and reach out to the Badhi regardless of rejection. Pray for waves of Badhi turning to Christ, and for Christ-ward movements to spring up as they search for more spiritual understanding.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Barhai https://peoplegroupsindia.com/tag/badhai/ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Barhai


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Badhi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Badhi (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 2,800
Population all Countries 38,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Badhia; Chinaora; Kalbelia; Melori; Odmata; Sheresahbadia; Shersahbadia; Sishoobadia; Sishubadia; Uranamara; बढ़ी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17476
ROP3 Code 112886
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)
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 1
  Sindh 2,700
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (1,400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
1,000
Saraiki
300
Primary Language Urdu (1,400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi 1,000
  Saraiki 300
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
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Amazon
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Audio Bible app as APK File from FCBH
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.
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