Banjara (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
91,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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

Christian workers need to build bridges of friendship and trust with the Banjara. Genuinely caring for material and physical needs is a big step in this direction.


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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banjara (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Banjara (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 91,000
World Population 257,400
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
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 South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(45,000)
Punjab
(24,000)
Sindh
(21,000)
Federally Administer
(800)
Balochistan
(30)
Islamabad
(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 6
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (45,000)
  Punjab (24,000)
  Sindh (21,000)
  Federally Administer (800)
  Balochistan (30)
  Islamabad (30)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (40,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Urdu
(26,000)
Saraiki
(8,000)
Hindko, Northern
(5,000)
Sindhi
(2,000)
Pashto, Northern
(1,900)
Marwari
(1,900)
Hindko, Southern
(1,700)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (40,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Urdu (26,000)
  Saraiki (8,000)
  Hindko, Northern (5,000)
  Sindhi (2,000)
  Pashto, Northern (1,900)
  Marwari (1,900)
  Hindko, Southern (1,700)
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 Bible-in-Your-Language
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Kingdom Rain  
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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