Kahar (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Kahar or Kahal people have several stories about the deriving of their name. It is said, by some anthropologists, that the name comes from the combination of the words kandh, meaning 'shoulder' and ahar, meaning 'food.' Their traditional work has been as palanquin (a seat carried between poles on the shoulder) or water carriers.
Most Kahar clans are Hindu but there are many Muslim Kahar in Bangladesh, Nepal and India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today many of the Kahar can be found to have many occupations. Some are small businessman, shop keepers or food vendors. In the rural areas they can be found as cultivators, laborers or rickshaw-pullers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.
The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.
Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.
In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

In general, the Kahar are favorable to having their children attend school. This may be an avenue of ministry and assistance to the community.


Prayer Points

Pray that some from the Kahar would hear and come to know the name of Jesus.
There are no known workers among this Muslim group in Nepal or Bangladesh. Pray for workers.
Pray for them to fully understand and cherish the name of Jesus Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Kahar (Muslim traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kahar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kahar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation kah-HAR
Alternate Names Chandrabansi; Kamkar; Kanhar; Kuhara; Ramani; Rawani; कहर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 99,000
Population all Countries 254,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 17579
ROP3 Code 113006
ROP25 Code 303488
ROP25 Name Kahar
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
68,000
West Bengal
20,000
Bihar
7,700
Uttarakhand
1,600
Haryana
600
Punjab
400
Andaman and Nicobar
20
Chandigarh
10
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Uttar Pradesh 68,000
  West Bengal 20,000
  Bihar 7,700
  Uttarakhand 1,600
  Haryana 600
  Punjab 400
  Andaman and Nicobar 20
  Chandigarh 10
Website South Asia Peoples
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Urdu (64,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
Bengali
16,000
Bhojpuri
800
Punjabi, Eastern
500
Bundeli
400
Maithili
300
Awadhi
80
Magahi
80
Kumaoni
40
Garhwali
Primary Language Urdu (64,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 10
Secondary Languages
  Bengali 16,000
  Bhojpuri 800
  Punjabi, Eastern 500
  Bundeli 400
  Maithili 300
  Awadhi 80
  Magahi 80
  Kumaoni 40
  Garhwali 10
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2022)
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