Tarkhan (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

Traditionally they were given the status of low-caste artisans such as carpenters. Eventually they made their mark on Pakistani society as soldiers.


Where Are they Located?

The Tarkhan people live in the northeastern part of Pakistan's Punjab Province. Some of them have decided to migrate to the major cities of Pakistan, such as Karachi, Islamabad, etc. Others have decided to migrate to the Gulf Arab states to work. A few of them have already migrated to Europe (most notably the United Kingdom), North America or Australia. Those who live in the United Kingdom might not be aware that they are Tarkhan, because most of them are third generation Tarkhan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They speak Punjabi, the language of Punjab Province. Some Tarkhans have managed to rise to the top in all they do, whether they are landowning farmers, scientists, engineers, or doctors. They are involved in all kinds of trades in Pakistan. Among the Tarkhan who live in the United Kingdom, many of them are taxi drivers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In Pakistan all of them follow Sunni Islam. Few can read the Koran, but their understanding of the teachings of Islam come from their local religious leaders.


What Are Their Needs?

The Tarkhan people of Pakistan need the opportunity to hear that Jesus Christ is the only one who can forgive sins. They are among the 7,000 unreached people group, almost all of whom live and die without having the chance to find that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for rising literacy rates within the Tarkhan community, and for the necessary skills to make them more employable in the modern world.
* Pray for the Tarkhan people to be given the blessings of spiritual hunger and discernment that will lead them to seek and find Jesus Christ.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to go to them and remain until there are believers who can disciple their entire people group.


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2015/10/15
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/Tarkhan-People-of-Pakistan/
https://www.slideshare.net/uzmabb12045/caste-system-in-pakistan
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18259/IN


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-22
People Name General Tarkhan (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Tarkhan (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation Terr-khaan
World Population 3,055,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 61
Alternate Names Barhi; Chattarsaz; Darkhan; Dhaman; Dharkan; Karigar; Ranghadia; Tarkihar; तर्खान (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17695
ROP3 Code 113141
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
2,573,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
298,000
Sindh
112,000
Azad Kashmir
48,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
6,700
Balochistan
800
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 2,573,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 298,000
  Sindh 112,000
  Azad Kashmir 48,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 6,700
  Balochistan 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (2,481,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Urdu
316,000
Saraiki
177,000
Hindko, Northern
63,000
Hindko, Southern
39,000
Sindhi
36,000
Kashmiri
7,900
Shina, Kohistani
5,700
Shina
2,900
Marwari
900
Bagri
500
Marwari
400
Kohistani, Indus
400
Gujari
200
Merwari
80
Gawri
70
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (2,481,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 16
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Urdu 316,000
  Saraiki 177,000
  Hindko, Northern 63,000
  Hindko, Southern 39,000
  Sindhi 36,000
  Kashmiri 7,900
  Shina, Kohistani 5,700
  Shina 2,900
  Marwari 900
  Bagri 500
  Marwari 400
  Kohistani, Indus 400
  Gujari 200
  Merwari 80
  Gawri 70
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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 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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Naveed Akhtar 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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