Chamar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
224,000
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, 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

* 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)
Population in Pakistan 224,000
World Population 241,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 5 to 6
Progress Scale 1
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 South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Sindh
(165,000)
Punjab
(40,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(19,000)
Gilgit-Baltistan
(200)
Federally Administer
(100)
Balochistan
(70)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Sindh (165,000)
  Punjab (40,000)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (19,000)
  Gilgit-Baltistan (200)
  Federally Administer (100)
  Balochistan (70)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (69,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
(52,000)
Punjabi, Western
(47,000)
Saraiki
(25,000)
Goaria
(4,900)
Hindko, Northern
(2,100)
Bagri
(1,900)
Koli, Wadiyara
(1,400)
Hindko, Southern
(1,100)
Kacchi
(1,100)
Marwari
(700)
Shina, Kohistani
(200)
Koli, Parkari
(90)
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (69,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi (52,000)
  Punjabi, Western (47,000)
  Saraiki (25,000)
  Goaria (4,900)
  Hindko, Northern (2,100)
  Bagri (1,900)
  Koli, Wadiyara (1,400)
  Hindko, Southern (1,100)
  Kacchi (1,100)
  Marwari (700)
  Shina, Kohistani (200)
  Koli, Parkari (90)
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
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World Bible Finder
World Bibles
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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
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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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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