Kumhar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

There are two basic Kumhar communities in Pakistan. One group is made up of local Pakistani Kumhars and the other migrated from India. Both have their roots as a caste of potters. Though caste is a Hindu phenomenon, it has rubbed off on Muslim cultures both in India and Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Pakistan, many Kumhars are now landowners who farm for a living Others remain in their traditional role making goods out of ceramic clay or glass. They sell their goods to their neighbors and in markets.
Muslim Kumhars practice adult marriages. They do not allow for divorce.
Muslim cultures are usually patriarchal, where property is passed down from father to son. Among Kumhar landowners in Pakistan, sons inherit the property when the father dies. At that time the oldest son takes charge of the family estate.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though there is a large Hindu community among the Kumhars, Islam is more dominant in Pakistan. They worship at the same mosques as other ethnic groups, fast during Ramadan and pray five times a day if they have the spiritual discipline. Those with adequate means make the pilgrimage to Mecca. For hundreds of years all Kumhar people were Hindu. Hinduism taints Islamic beliefs both in India and Pakistan.


What Are Their Needs?

The law of the Koran will never save them or give them abundant life. These Muslims need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.


Prayer Points

There are no known followers of Christ among the Muslim Kumhar people, so pray for the Lord to make a way for them to have their first church planting movement.
Pray that God will give Muslim Kumhars dreams and visions leading them to salvation and abundant life.
Pray that gospel materials on the internet will lead them to Jesus Christ.
Pray for entire Muslim Kumhar families to have the chance to hear and respond to the person, Jesus Christ.


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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Kumhar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kumhar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation koom-HAR
Alternate Names Ahitant; Aiton; Ghumiar; Ghurmar; Kir; Kumar; Kumbhar; Kumbrani; Kumhar; Langotra; Lehri; Narhia; Prajapat; Prajapati; Sohal; Takopatil; कुम्हार (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 4,023,000
Population all Countries 4,107,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 80
People ID 17597
ROP3 Code 113028
ROP25 Code 304371
ROP25 Name Kumhar
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Punjab
3,386,000
Sindh
337,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
175,000
Islamabad
47,000
Balochistan
1,300
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Punjab 3,386,000
  Sindh 337,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 175,000
  Islamabad 47,000
  Balochistan 1,300
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,816,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Saraiki
1,299,000
Urdu
279,000
Sindhi
192,000
Marwari (Pakistan)
94,000
Hindko, Northern
77,000
Pahari-Potwari
73,000
Hindko, Southern
67,000
Pashto, Northern
14,000
Bagri
11,000
Pashto, Central
9,500
Dhatki
6,100
Kacchi
1,900
Koli, Wadiyari
1,700
Koli, Parkari
1,600
Balochi, Western
30
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,816,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Saraiki 1,299,000
  Urdu 279,000
  Sindhi 192,000
  Marwari (Pakistan) 94,000
  Hindko, Northern 77,000
  Pahari-Potwari 73,000
  Hindko, Southern 67,000
  Pashto, Northern 14,000
  Bagri 11,000
  Pashto, Central 9,500
  Dhatki 6,100
  Kacchi 1,900
  Koli, Wadiyari 1,700
  Koli, Parkari 1,600
  Balochi, Western 30
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
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Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
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 World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Mobile App Android Bible app: Punjabi, Western YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App iOS Bible app: 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
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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