Merat (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
81,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Asha broke into a cold sweat at the medical clinic. "Asha, you are going to have a baby," repeated the kindly doctor while Asha sat on the examining table with an ashen look. Her husband's thundering voice echoed in her head. "Another girl and we won't be able to live! Where will I find the money for the dowry?"
After what seemed like an eternity to the puzzled doctor, Asha slowly broke into an insincere smile. The older woman's eyebrows furrowed as she asked, "What is the matter?" Asha wasn't sure if she could trust the kindness of this elderly doctor, but in her vulnerability, she needed a shoulder to cry on. She sobbed, "If I have another girl, my husband will harm the baby."
Like other women within the Merat Rajput community, Asha is under pressure to give birth to sons rather than daughters. According to their customs, Merat girls must marry men from a higher caste. Marrying into a higher caste means paying a larger, often unaffordable, dowry to the groom's family. Although the Merats are Muslims, their culture and religion is a hybrid of Hindu and Muslim traditions.


Prayer Points

* Pray that dehumanizing cultural beliefs and practices would be overturned by a saving knowledge of Christ.
* Pray for God's Kingdom to come to the Merat community in such a way that righteousness, justice, and love would define them, and Christ would be glorified.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Merat (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Merat (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 81,000
World Population 380,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2 to 3
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Kathak, Mer, Mer Kathak, Mera, Merat Kathat, Meri, Mewati, मेरात (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17532
ROP3 Code 112954
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 5
Largest States
Punjab
(57,000)
Sindh
(23,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(800)
Islamabad
(200)
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 5
  Punjab (57,000)
  Sindh (23,000)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (800)
  Islamabad (200)
  Balochistan (70)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (45,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Urdu
(19,000)
Saraiki
(7,700)
Sindhi
(4,300)
Marwari
(1,500)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (45,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Urdu (19,000)
  Saraiki (7,700)
  Sindhi (4,300)
  Marwari (1,500)
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 No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
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 Bible-in-Your-Language
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 Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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