Sonar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
338,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

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

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 in Pakistan 338,000
World Population 368,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Progress Scale 1
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 South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Punjab
(242,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(48,000)
Sindh
(46,000)
Federally Administer
(600)
Gilgit-Baltistan
(500)
Islamabad
(200)
Balochistan
(100)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Punjab (242,000)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (48,000)
  Sindh (46,000)
  Federally Administer (600)
  Gilgit-Baltistan (500)
  Islamabad (200)
  Balochistan (100)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (223,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Urdu
(41,000)
Saraiki
(21,000)
Sindhi
(17,000)
Hindko, Southern
(7,500)
Hindko, Northern
(6,100)
Marwari
(900)
Kacchi
(500)
Shina, Kohistani
(200)
Dhatki
(200)
Marwari
(200)
Koli, Wadiyara
(100)
Koli, Parkari
(50)
Waneci
(50)
Pashto, Northern
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (223,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Urdu (41,000)
  Saraiki (21,000)
  Sindhi (17,000)
  Hindko, Southern (7,500)
  Hindko, Northern (6,100)
  Marwari (900)
  Kacchi (500)
  Shina, Kohistani (200)
  Dhatki (200)
  Marwari (200)
  Koli, Wadiyara (100)
  Koli, Parkari (50)
  Waneci (50)
  Pashto, Northern (10)
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 No
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 Fathers Love Letter
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 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 %
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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