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.
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.
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.
* 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 / Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Chamar (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Chamar (Muslim traditions)|
|Population in India||17,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Alternate Names||Arya, Bhambi, Bhambro, Chambhar, Chamma, Chaudhari, Jatav, Jatia, Mehtar, Mochi, Raidas, Ramdasi, Ramdasia, Ravidas, चामर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|Persecution Rank||17 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file:||7|
|Primary Language:||Urdu (14,000 speakers) People group listing|
|Language Code:||urd Ethnologue Listing|
|Written:||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible Portions||Yes (1747-1894)|
|New Testament||Yes (1758-2000)|
|Complete Bible||Yes (1843-1998)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||Gods Simple Plan|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|