Meo (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
851,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 Meo (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Meo (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 851,000
World Population 1,633,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
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
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Largest States
Punjab (438,000) Sindh (392,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (19,000)
Islamabad (1,100) Balochistan (100) Federally Administer (100)
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Punjab (438,000) Sindh (392,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (19,000) Islamabad (1,100)
Balochistan (100) Federally Administer (100)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (358,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 13
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (224,000) Sindhi (120,000) Saraiki (79,000)
Bagri (6,200) Marwari (4,500) Hindko, Northern (3,300)
Hindko, Southern (1,300) Shina, Kohistani (500) Pashto, Central (500)
Kacchi (400) Pashto, Northern (300) Koli, Parkari (300)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (358,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 13
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (224,000) Sindhi (120,000)
Saraiki (79,000) Bagri (6,200)
Marwari (4,500) Hindko, Northern (3,300)
Hindko, Southern (1,300) Shina, Kohistani (500)
Pashto, Central (500) Kacchi (400)
Pashto, Northern (300) Koli, Parkari (300)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
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 Bible-in-Your-Language
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
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


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