Barwala (Muslim traditions) in India


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Main Language
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Barwala are considered to be from a low caste, meaning that they have very little influence or power. Traditionally they worked as village watchmen and messengers, overseeing the work of coolies, bearing torches, and carrying palanquins at weddings. Others manufactured mats and winnowing fans. By the beginning of the 20th century, many were agricultural laborers working for the more prestigious Rajputs.

Most of the Muslim Barwala people live in rural areas. They live in the Sialkot, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts of Punjab, Pakistan. Others live further north in Pakistan's portion of Jammu and Kashmir. There are a few Muslim Barwala people in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most of them are engaged in agriculture or as unskilled laborers. The Barwalas live mainly in nuclear households. The oldest son becomes the head of the household after the father dies. They allow for divorce and remarriage. There are 12 major Barwala clans in Pakistan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they adhere to the basic tenets of Islam, the Barwala people are adversely affected by the caste system which influences people in almost all of South Asia. They still give their allegiance to Allah, but they live under many beliefs that trace back to caste, not the Koran.


What Are Their Needs?

The Barwala people need the opportunity to make a better living. They also need to understand that though they are from a low status community, that the God of creation gives them dignity and value.


Prayer Points

Pray that the Barwala peoples will have an intense hunger for spiritual truth that will lead them to Jesus Christ.

Pray that the Lord will thrust out workers to the Barwala people. Pray that these workers will be equipped with the power and fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives.

Pray for the Lord to pave the way for a disciple-making movement to flourish among the Barwala people of India.


Scripture Prayers for the Barwala (Muslim traditions) in India.


References

https://newpakhistorian.wordpress.com/tag/barwala-caste-of-pakistan/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Barwala (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Barwala (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation bar-VAH-lah
Population this Country 1,700
Population all Countries 606,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Barwar; बरवाला (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17485
ROP3 Code 112898
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Jammu and Kashmir
900
Punjab
800
Uttar Pradesh
50
Chandigarh
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Jammu and Kashmir 900
  Punjab 800
  Uttar Pradesh 50
  Chandigarh 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (500 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Kashmiri
300
Dogri
200
Bhadrawahi
10
Primary Language Urdu (500 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Kashmiri 300
  Dogri 200
  Bhadrawahi 10
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)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer Create International
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Naveed Akhtar 
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