Labana (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

The Labana (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in Pakistan
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Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The term Lobana comes from the words Lavan (meaning salt) and the Bana (meaning trade). They are known as a merchant caste, moving and trading salt, silk, diamonds, and other goods in South Asia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though they were once merchants, the Labana people are now mainly agricultural. With their high-status background, the Labana are probably landowners in most cases.


What Are Their Beliefs?

This community can be Hindu, Sikh or Muslim. Most Muslims among them are in Pakistan but even this is a small community. A tiny number of Labana Muslims are in India.
Most South Asian Muslims 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 they live daily. For that reason, some Muslims appease spirits using charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces. More orthodox Muslims consider these practices heretical and un-Islamic.


What Are Their Needs?

These people need to put their hope and identity in the King of kings and Lord of lords.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to Muslim Labana people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive the only savior.
Pray for families of believers loving and serving others to grow reproducing churches.
Pray for a chain reaction of families reaching families that results in thousands of new believers who share their faith with others.
Pray for grace and truth expanding into their entire society as all believers learn to love others.


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


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Labana
https://newpakhistorian.wordpress.com/tag/labana-caste-pakistan/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Labana (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Labana (Muslim traditions)
Alternate Names Labano; Lobana; लबाना (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 13,000
Population all Countries 13,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17602
ROP3 Code 113033
ROP25 Code 304514
ROP25 Name Labana
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 3
Largest States
Punjab
11,000
Azad Kashmir
500
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
500
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 3
  Punjab 11,000
  Azad Kashmir 500
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 500
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 Saraiki (9,100 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Marwari (Pakistan)
2,000
Urdu
500
Hindko, Northern
300
Pahari-Potwari
300
Punjabi, Western
100
Bagri
100
Sindhi
100
Primary Language Saraiki (9,100 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Marwari (Pakistan) 2,000
  Urdu 500
  Hindko, Northern 300
  Pahari-Potwari 300
  Punjabi, Western 100
  Bagri 100
  Sindhi 100
People Groups Speaking Saraiki
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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