Saryara (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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* From latest Pakistan census data.
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Introduction / History

A small group of the Saryara people converted from Hinduism to Islam during the days of the Muslim based Mughal Empire. The Saryara claim Rajput status. The primary language of the Muslim Saryara is Kashmiri. Many also speak Urdu, which allows them to communicate with millions of Indians and Pakistani.


Where Are they Located?

Unlike their Hindu counterpart, the Muslim Saryara live in both Pakistan and India. Most live in Jammu and Kashmir, in northern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Saryara were traditionally a community of agricultural laborers, and many are still involved in their traditional occupation. Many more are now employed in the construction industry.

The Muslim Saryara marry within their group but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages. A man may have up to four wives if he can support them.
Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. Most Saryara live in multi-caste villages in their own sections.

The main foods of the Saryara are wheat, lentils, vegetables, maize and dairy products. As Muslims, they will not eat pork.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Muslim Saryara people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.


What Are Their Needs?

The Saryara need to see people living out their faith in Christ in practical ways. They need access to modern medicine. Illiteracy is high among Saryara women. The Saryara would benefit by learning new job skills. Most of all, the Muslim Saryara need to hear and respond to the message of Isa or Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray for networks of believing Saryara families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus.
* Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Saryara people with his presence and mercy.
* Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.
* Pray for Bible believing fellowships and churches among the Saryara people.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saryara
https://findwords.info/term/saryara
https://wikivisually.com/wiki/Saryara


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Saryara (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Saryara (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 1,800
Population all Countries 3,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names सरयारा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18036
ROP3 Code 113531
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)
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 1
  Gilgit-Baltistan 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Shina (900 speakers)
Language Code scl   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Khowar
800
Balti
200
Primary Language Shina (900 speakers)
Language Code scl   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Khowar 800
  Balti 200
People Groups Speaking Shina

Primary Language:  Shina

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1929)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
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.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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