Tawaifs are courtesans, high class prostitutes who are also artistic performers. Hindu Tawaifs are far better known than their Muslim Pakistani counterparts. Tawaifs either live in India’s Uttar Pradesh state or Pakistan’s Punjab and Sindh Provinces.
Tawaifs have their own culture which involves music and dance. People have wavered for many years between seeing them in negative terms, even as non-humans, and honoring their cultural achievements.
Like any Muslim, the Tawaif believe in Allah as the all-sovereign God who spoke to Mohammed leading to the Koran, which is their holy book. Typically Muslims in South Asia also hold beliefs that seem almost Hindu.
The Tawaifs need to find their worth in the Savior, Jesus Christ. Some need help with job training so they can earn a better living.
* Scripture Prayers for the Tawaif (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.
Pray for Holy Spirit driven workers to go to the Muslim Tawaifs until there they have their own church planting movement. Pray for them to have the spiritual hunger to seek and find the only Savior. Pray for the Lord to speak to the hearts of Tawaif community leaders, giving them reason to open the doors for the gospel.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Tawaif (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Tawaif (Muslim traditions)|
|Population this Country||17,000|
|Population all Countries||130,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Bakariya; Harkaya; तवायफ़ (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||2|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Western (5,800 speakers)|
|Language Code||pnb Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1819-1952)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|