Kahar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

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.


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. There primary language in Pakistan is Western Punjabi. Prasad, Singh and Verma are common surnames.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The majority of Kahar clans are Hindu but there are many Sunni Muslim Kahar as well. Those who are Sunni Muslims 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, that Kahar are favorable to having their children attend school and this may be an avenue of ministry and assistance to the community. 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 Pakistan.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Kahar people to understand the gospel and respond to Christ’s offer of abundant life.
Pray God will do whatever it takes to put the Kahar people in a position to receive him.
Ask God to open the hearts of the Kahar to the gospel.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


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


References

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Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-10
People Name General Kahar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kahar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation kah-HAR
Population this Country 143,000
Population all Countries 248,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Chandrabansi; Kamkar; Kanhar; Kuhara; Ramani; Rawani; कहर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17579
ROP3 Code 113006
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Punjab
127,000
Sindh
12,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
300
Islamabad
100
Balochistan
40
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Punjab 127,000
  Sindh 12,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 300
  Islamabad 100
  Balochistan 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (69,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
54,000
Urdu
10,000
Sindhi
7,000
Marwari
1,900
Dhatki
400
Pahari-Potwari
400
Hindko, Southern
300
Hindko, Northern
200
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (69,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 54,000
  Urdu 10,000
  Sindhi 7,000
  Marwari 1,900
  Dhatki 400
  Pahari-Potwari 400
  Hindko, Southern 300
  Hindko, Northern 200
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Return Create International
Film / Video The Return Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more