Chamar (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
16,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

It seems that every class of people has been despised and discriminated against at some time, and the Chamar Muslims are no exception. Being a minority religious group in a primarily Hindu country, Muslim Chamars know what discrimination feels like. Their name derives from Chamakara, meaning "a worker in leather." In South Asia people say the Chamars, be they Hindu or Muslim, are criminally minded and unintelligent. Such beliefs should be expected regarding those who process leather in a land where Hinduism teaches people to venerate cattle.


Where Are they Located?

Most Chamar Muslims make their homes in the area of Janakpur in the southern part of Nepal, not far from the Indian border. This is a rugged, mountainous area that requires great vigor and endurance.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Muslim Chamar women are known for their beauty. Many of them work as midwives. Chamars seek marriage partners from outside their own clan, but within their own community. Adult marriage is the norm among Muslim Chamars. They do not have child brides.


Prayer Points

* Pray that the Church will begin reaching out to the Chamar Muslims in Nepal and India.
* Pray that the Chamar Muslims themselves will not be "biased" against the claims of Christ, but will thoughtfully consider what He said in His Word.
* Pray for a major people movement to Jesus within Chamar communities.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Chamar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Chamar (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 16,000
World Population 234,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Unengaged Yes (per Finishing the Task)
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Arya, Bhambi, Bhambro, Chambhar, Chamma, Chaudhari, Jatav, Jatia, Mehtar, Mochi, Raidas, Ramdasi, Ramdasia, Ravidas, चामर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17499
ROP3 Code 112915
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
(7,700)
Bihar
(6,900)
Punjab
(800)
Haryana
(600)
Madhya Pradesh
(500)
Himachal Pradesh
(20)
Rajasthan
(10)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Uttar Pradesh (7,700)
  Bihar (6,900)
  Punjab (800)
  Haryana (600)
  Madhya Pradesh (500)
  Himachal Pradesh (20)
  Rajasthan (10)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (14,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
(1,200)
Punjabi, Eastern
(800)
Bagheli
(200)
Maithili
(200)
Merwari
(20)
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (14,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri (1,200)
  Punjabi, Eastern (800)
  Bagheli (200)
  Maithili (200)
  Merwari (20)
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 National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go 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 Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
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 Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
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 %
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Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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