Banjara (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Introduction

The Banjara were traditionally a nomadic community, but today they more commonly are settled and work in agricultural production. They believe that they were originally Hindu and were forcibly converted to Islam. They are non-vegetarians who eat beef. The Muslim Banjara have twelve clans. They maintain cordial relations with neighboring communities and share water sources with them. They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam.


Ministry Obstacles

To follow Jesus is to risk upsetting community harmony, and to risk losing family and friends.


Outreach Ideas

Pray that persons and households of peace will be found among the Banjara who will catalyze movements to Jesus among their own people.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are probably no present followers of Jesus among the Muslim Banjara community, but pray for those the Lord will soon call to himself. Pray they will have nothing to do with the deeds of darkness, living as children of light. Pray for materials to help them grow properly, such as recorded or written Scripture, and Gospel films.


Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Banjara community to be able to adequately care for their families, and for widows, orphans, and elderly people to have the care and protection needed.


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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banjara (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Banjara (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation bahn-JAR-ah
World Population 265,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Badi; Bhanjara; Bhanjra; Bhojru; Brinjari; Chhakda; Chhakda Banjara; Dhali; Guwaria; Laban; Lambada; Lambana; Lambani; Paracha; Sirkiband; Wanjara; बंजारा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17482
ROP3 Code 112893
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 5
Largest States
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
49,000
Punjab
25,000
Sindh
23,000
Islamabad
80
Balochistan
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 5
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 49,000
  Punjab 25,000
  Sindh 23,000
  Islamabad 80
  Balochistan 50
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (43,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Western
32,000
Saraiki
5,500
Hindko, Northern
5,000
Sindhi
2,500
Marwari
2,300
Hindko, Southern
1,900
Pashto, Northern
1,800
Marwari
700
Merwari
30
Primary Language Urdu (43,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Western 32,000
  Saraiki 5,500
  Hindko, Northern 5,000
  Sindhi 2,500
  Marwari 2,300
  Hindko, Southern 1,900
  Pashto, Northern 1,800
  Marwari 700
  Merwari 30
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  (1843-2016)
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 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
General God's Simple Plan
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 %
Photo Source Kingdom Rain 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.