Barwala (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

Traditionally Barwalas have worked as village watchmen and messengers, overseeing the work of coolies, bearing torches, and carrying palanquins at weddings. Others manufactured mats and winnowing fans. They are considered to be from a low caste, meaning that they have very little influence or power.

By the beginning of the 20th century, many were agricultural laborers working for the more prestigious Rajputs.


Where Are they Located?

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 Kashmir. There are a few Barwala people in India, but most of these are Hindu.


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?

Most Barwala people are Hindu, especially those that live in India, but in Pakistan most are Muslims. Though they adhere to the basic tenets of Islam, they are adversely affected by the caste system which influences people in almost all of South Asia.


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 Pakistan.


References

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


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Barwala (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Barwala (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 542,000
World Population 543,500
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 11
Alternate Names Barwar, बरवाला (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17485
ROP3 Code 112898
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
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 7
Largest States
Punjab
477,000
Sindh
60,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
4,700
Islamabad
400
Balochistan
300
Federally Administer
100
Gilgit-Baltistan
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Punjab 477,000
  Sindh 60,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 4,700
  Islamabad 400
  Balochistan 300
  Federally Administer 100
  Gilgit-Baltistan 30
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (404,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Urdu
54,000
Saraiki
23,000
Sindhi
18,000
Bagri
1,700
Marwari
1,000
Koli, Wadiyara
800
Kacchi
400
Hindko, Northern
200
Pashto, Northern
200
Shina, Kohistani
200
Hindko, Southern
100
Waneci
50
Other People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (404,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 54,000
  Saraiki 23,000
  Sindhi 18,000
  Bagri 1,700
  Marwari 1,000
  Koli, Wadiyara 800
  Kacchi 400
  Hindko, Northern 200
  Pashto, Northern 200
  Shina, Kohistani 200
  Hindko, Southern 100
  Waneci 50
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 Yes  (1959)
Possible Print Bibles
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
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 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 Naveed Akhtar 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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