Ramdasia (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

Until the 20th century, the Ramdasia people were part of the either the Chamars, a very low status group of leather workers, or the Julahas, a caste of weavers. One of the ways they found to escape their low status was to convert to another religion, usually Sikhism. A smaller number converted to Islam, though the majority of the Ramdasia people remain Hindu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Once known primarily as basket weavers and leather workers, today many Ramdasias have advanced in areas of agriculture, business and education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Muslim Ramdasia people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken 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. In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Ramdasia 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. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ramdasia people, be they Sikh, Hindu or Muslim, need to put their faith in Jesus Christ, the only one who can bless them with abundant life and eternal salvation from sin and death.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ramdasia (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.

Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Ramdasia people, be they Hindu, Sikh or Muslim. Pray for a movement of Ramdasia households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ. Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive Muslim Ramdasia people to the arms of Jesus. Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Muslim Ramdasia people.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ramdasia
https://d3n8a8pro7vhmx.cloudfront.net/bchumanist/pages/633/attachments/original/1473443793/From_Servitude_to_Freedom_-_Khushi_Ram_v2.pdf?1473443793
http://malicethoughts.blogspot.com/2018/04/the-gallant-mazhabi-and-ramdasia-sikhs.html


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Ramdasia (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Ramdasia (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 8,000
Population all Countries 11,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names रामदसिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17669
ROP3 Code 113111
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
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 3
Largest States
Sindh
5,300
Punjab
2,700
Islamabad
30
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Sindh 5,300
  Punjab 2,700
  Islamabad 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (3,900 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Urdu
2,400
Punjabi, Western
2,300
Saraiki
1,000
Dhatki
200
Marwari
40
Primary Language Sindhi (3,900 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 2,400
  Punjabi, Western 2,300
  Saraiki 1,000
  Dhatki 200
  Marwari 40
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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 %
* 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


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