Chamar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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, even in Muslim Pakistan. Their name derives from Chamakara, meaning "a worker in leather."


Where Are they Located?

Chamars live mostly in north India. In Pakistan, Muslim Chamars are most likely to be found near the city of Lahore.


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.

In South Asia people say the Chamars, be they Hindu or Muslim, are criminally minded and unintelligent. Their work is considered degrading, and it involves dealing with foul stenches and dead animals. This is not the kind of work people would choose, but the caste system keeps them there, even in Muslim Pakistan.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Chamars are Hindus, there is a Sunni Muslim minority among them. Because of the caste system's negative influence in that entire region, even Muslims are affected by it.


What Are Their Needs?

Chamars, be they Hindu or Muslim, need to know that the God who created them has a purpose for them. They need to be freed to seek their worth in God rather than be limited by what people think about them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Chamar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.

* Pray that the church will begin reaching out to the Chamar Muslims in Pakistan.
* 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 disciple making movement within Chamar communities in Pakistan.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17499/PK
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17499/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16561/IN
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chamar
https://tribune.com.pk/story/357765/pakistans-caste-system-the-untouchables-struggle/
http://www.countercurrents.org/ckumar240312.htm
https://defence.pk/threads/the-chamar-regiment.287029/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Chamar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Chamar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation chah-MAR
World Population 245,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5
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 Pakistan
Region Asia, South
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 5
Largest States
Sindh
164,000
Punjab
41,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
19,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
100
Balochistan
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Sindh 164,000
  Punjab 41,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 19,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 100
  Balochistan 100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Sindhi (79,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Urdu
76,000
Punjabi, Western
52,000
Saraiki
19,000
Goaria
4,000
Bagri
2,400
Hindko, Northern
2,000
Kacchi
1,600
Marwari
1,500
Koli, Wadiyari
1,400
Hindko, Southern
1,400
Shina, Kohistani
200
Koli, Parkari
100
Primary Language Sindhi (79,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 76,000
  Punjabi, Western 52,000
  Saraiki 19,000
  Goaria 4,000
  Bagri 2,400
  Hindko, Northern 2,000
  Kacchi 1,600
  Marwari 1,500
  Koli, Wadiyari 1,400
  Hindko, Southern 1,400
  Shina, Kohistani 200
  Koli, Parkari 100
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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