Mewati (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

The Meo people of Pakistan follow Muslim practices and customs, but until partition in 1947 they heavily mixed their beliefs with Hindu teachings. At that time they had a resurgence of Islamic traditions. At one time Meo people claimed to be direct descendants of two Hindu gods, Rama and Krishna.

Even though they consider themselves to be from the well-respected Rajput community, some consider the Meo to be of a lower caste. Though Pakistani society tries to eliminate caste because of it's Hindu roots, it still affects people in this Muslim country. Caste affects their identity and their sense of worth.


Where Are they Located?

Most Meos live in northwestern India, but some live over the western border in Pakistan. They are especially populous in Punjab and Sindh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Muslim Meo people in Pakistan can be police officers, farmers, or many other things. They live with much spiritual confusion since they are Muslims who can't shake off their Hindu past.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Meo people in Pakistan converted from Hinduism to Islam in stages. They made Islam a bigger part of their identity when Muslim Pakistan broke away from Hindu India in 1947, but they still have elements of Hinduism blended in with their Islamic beliefs. For example, many still pray in a Hindu way and follow traditional Hindu marriage rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Meo people need to have their identity firmly in Christ, not in Islam or their identity as Rajputs.


Prayer Points

* Pray that believers worldwide will harness the tools of the Internet and social media to reach more unreached people groups like the Meo of Pakistan.
* Pray that the Lord will mercifully reach the Meo people through dreams and visions.
* There are many oral and printed gospel materials in the Western Punjabi language that the Meo people can understand. Pray that they will have easy access to these and that their hearts will be ready for a spiritual revolution.
* Pray for a church planting movement among the Meo people of Pakistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo_(ethnic_group)
http://www.everyculture.com/South-Asia/Meo.html


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Mewati (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mewati (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 900,000
World Population 1,690,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 18
Alternate Names Koli Samaj, Me, Meds, Meena, Menam Mayo, Mes, Meta, Mew, Mewati, Mina, Mineain, Wadha Koli, मीयो (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17620
ROP3 Code 113054
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Mewati (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups on file 6
Largest Subgroups
Chirklot
59,000
Dimrot
13,000
Derwal
10,000
Bargujar
9,700
Dulot
8,800
Landawat
6,800
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Mewati (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code CNN25g
Total Subgroups 6
  Chirklot 59,000
  Dimrot 13,000
  Derwal 10,000
  Bargujar 9,700
  Dulot 8,800
  Landawat 6,800
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Punjab
450,000
Sindh
430,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
20,000
Islamabad
1,100
Balochistan
100
Federally Administer
100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Punjab 450,000
  Sindh 430,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 20,000
  Islamabad 1,100
  Balochistan 100
  Federally Administer 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (359,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Urdu
233,000
Saraiki
106,000
Sindhi
101,000
Marwari
13,000
Bagri
6,600
Marwari
3,800
Hindko, Northern
3,300
Hindko, Southern
1,300
Kacchi
900
Shina, Kohistani
500
Pashto, Central
500
Pashto, Northern
300
Koli, Parkari
300
Merwari
100
Other People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (359,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 233,000
  Saraiki 106,000
  Sindhi 101,000
  Marwari 13,000
  Bagri 6,600
  Marwari 3,800
  Hindko, Northern 3,300
  Hindko, Southern 1,300
  Kacchi 900
  Shina, Kohistani 500
  Pashto, Central 500
  Pashto, Northern 300
  Koli, Parkari 300
  Merwari 100
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 Yes  (1959)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
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 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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Epic International 
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 latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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