Sonar (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

The Muslim Sonar people have their roots in Hindu mythology. According to the legend, Sonars are the descendants of the youngest of five sons created by the Hindu god Vishnu's incarnation, Vishwakarama. The first Sonar was used by the goddess Devi to destroy a giant demon who was made of gold. This Sonar convinced this vain demon that he would look better if he were polished, a process which involved being melted down, and ultimately destroyed.


Where Are they Located?

Most members of the Sonar community are Sikh, Jain, or Hindu, and they live in India's northern states. A small number are Muslims, and a smaller number of these live in Pakistan's Punjab Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Wealthy Sonars are money lenders. There are some Sonars who now sell groceries or own land, but most are still craftsmen. Specifically, they make jewelry out of gold or silver. Hindu Sonars are free to make jewelry and idols that honor their deities, but Muslim Sonars cannot participate in these activities.

Sonars tend to marry within their own communities. They do not practice child marriage, and they live within nuclear families. In today's world, the Sonars are starting to get higher education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sunni Muslims believe that they can please Allah by obeying what he told them to do in the Koran and the hadith. Salvation is based on the will of Allah, which means that no one will know his or her eternal fate until the Day of Judgment.


What Are Their Needs?

These people are middle class or wealthy, so they do not feel a need to take care of their basic needs. However, they have spiritual needs which are unmet by Islam.


Prayer Points

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

Pray for the Sonar community to be humble enough to acknowledge their need for forgiveness of sin, and that they understand the provision for forgiveness that God has provided.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17684/PK
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18150/PK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunar
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Sonar-Goldsmiths/
https://www.quora.com/Sunar-Goldsmith-is-backward-caste-in-India-is-it-true
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/sonar/
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Sunar%20(caste)


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sonar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Sonar (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 301,000
Population all Countries 332,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Aksali; Ashraf; Ausala; Hemkar; Jangar; Jargar; Kamsala; Kapila; Karai; Khakhar; Khatri; Konkar; Korai; Maipotra; Mair; Niaria; Potdar; Sanur; Saraf; Sarat; Shakish; Sharif; Sheriff; Soni; Soni Hahajan; Sunar; Suni; Sunia; Suniar; Suniyara; Suvarnakar; Swarankar; Swarnakar; Tank; Verma; Zargur; सोनार (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17684
ROP3 Code 113129
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 6
Largest States
Punjab
217,000
Sindh
42,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
41,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
400
Balochistan
400
Islamabad
300
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 6
  Punjab 217,000
  Sindh 42,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 41,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 400
  Balochistan 400
  Islamabad 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (172,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
78,000
Urdu
47,000
Sindhi
32,000
Hindko, Northern
15,000
Hindko, Southern
10,000
Pashto, Northern
6,300
Marwari
5,800
Pashto, Central
3,400
Bagri
1,800
Dhatki
1,400
Kacchi
500
Pahari-Potwari
100
Balti
80
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (172,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 78,000
  Urdu 47,000
  Sindhi 32,000
  Hindko, Northern 15,000
  Hindko, Southern 10,000
  Pashto, Northern 6,300
  Marwari 5,800
  Pashto, Central 3,400
  Bagri 1,800
  Dhatki 1,400
  Kacchi 500
  Pahari-Potwari 100
  Balti 80
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
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 DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
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.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Kalcutta - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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