Pinjara in Pakistan


Population
172,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Pinjara (Pinja, Penja, Bahna or Dhunia) derive their name from the term pinjala meaning 'cotton weaver.' Their traditional occupation is naturally one of cleaning and reeling cotton to make pillows, quilts or even mattresses. The over 3 million Pinjara can be found either Muslim or Hindu. It is believed that the Muslim Pinjara converted to Islam about 500 years ago during the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Pinjara can today be found in India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh. They live in over 500 districts of India and Nepal and speak more than a dozen different languages depending on their location. The Pinjara speak primarily Bhojpuri, Nepali, Maithili and Urdu. Although they are well over 90% Muslim the Pinjara can be found to keep Hindu festivals, even making vows to Hindu gods. The Pinjara are not vegetarian though do not eat pork. They occupy a higher than unclean status and can be found as both skilled and unskilled workers.


What Are Their Needs?

Very little ministry activity has been focused on the Pinjara. Many Urdu resources are available although there is a severe lack of workers to this sizable Muslim group in India and Nepal. Pinjara are sometimes looked down on religiously because of their mixture of Islam and Hinduism beliefs. Pray that the Truth could be known and celebrated in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-07
People Name General Pinjara
People Name in Country Pinjara
Population in Pakistan 172,000
World Population 3,699,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Bahana, Bahna, Behana, Behna, Daffali, Dhunia, Dhunkar, Kahrar, Laliwala, Mansoor, Mansoori, Nadaf, Naddaf, Noor, Panjara, Panjora, Panjwara, Penja, Pinara, Pinja, Pinjali, Pinjar, Pinjari, Pinjia, Punji, Shaikh Mansoor, Sheikh Monsoori, Soria, Sulia, Tai, पिंजरा
People ID 17877
ROP3 Code 113353
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Largest States
Punjab (165,000) Sindh (3,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,800)
Azad Kashmir (1,000) Islamabad (300) Balochistan (200)
Federally Administer (90)
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Punjab (165,000) Sindh (3,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (1,800) Azad Kashmir (1,000)
Islamabad (300) Balochistan (200)
Federally Administer (90)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (132,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 9
Secondary Languages:
Saraiki (17,000) Urdu (11,000) Sindhi (1,900)
Marwari (600) Hindko, Southern (90) Waneci (90)
Hindko, Northern (40) Kashmiri (20)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (132,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 9
Secondary Languages:
Saraiki (17,000) Urdu (11,000)
Sindhi (1,900) Marwari (600)
Hindko, Southern (90) Waneci (90)
Hindko, Northern (40) Kashmiri (20)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
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 Panjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Create International   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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