Bairagi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

The word "Bairagi" comes from the Sanskrit word "vairagya," meaning renunciation. Their ancestors were probably soldiers who converted to Islam under the influence of Sufi saints. At a later time, they were granted land by Moghul kings.

In India they live mainly in Uttar Pradesh. Those in Pakistan are in Punjab. In both countries they speak Urdu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There are many cultural, social and economic changes in modern India, but the Muslim Bairagi community maintains their separateness as a community. Their cultural contributions include their qawwali singing tradition. They have also helped develop Urdu literature in India.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they are Sunni Muslims, the Bairagi include Sufi practices and beliefs. They devote themselves to specific spiritual leaders, known as pirs or fakirs. Commonly they gather in shrines to celebrate the lives of these leaders. Such devotion to a leader reflects a blend of Islamic and Hindu practices.


What Are Their Needs?

Like people everywhere, the Bairagi people need to allow the loving savior to direct their lives. They need his forgiveness for sin.


Prayer Points

Pray the Bairagi would see they can enjoy abundant life if they put their trust in Jesus Christ.

Pray for the Lord to intervene in their families, calling people to his side and blessing them in every way.

Pray for Holy Spirit sent workers.

Pray for their hearts to be drawn to the Lord of lords.

Pray for the birth of an unstoppable church planting movement.


Scripture Prayers for the Bairagi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Bairagi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Bairagi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation bay-RAH-ghee
Alternate Names Atit; Baishnab; Bava; Ramat; Sadhayo; Sanyasi; Udasi; बैरागी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 3,900
Population all Countries 26,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17478
ROP3 Code 112889
ROP25 Code 301313
ROP25 Name Bairagi
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Sindh
3,200
Punjab
600
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Sindh 3,200
  Punjab 600
Website South Asia Peoples
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.
Primary Language Urdu (1,700 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
1,300
Saraiki
300
Punjabi, Western
300
Dhatki
40
Marwari (Pakistan)
40
Primary Language Urdu (1,700 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi 1,300
  Saraiki 300
  Punjabi, Western 300
  Dhatki 40
  Marwari (Pakistan) 40
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  (1843-2022)
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Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Rock International: King of Glory Rock International
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