Jat (Sikh traditions) in Bangladesh


Population
19,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge


The Sikhs

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Introduction / History

The Jats are immersed in several ethnic groups who retain an identity often based on occupation and heritage. The word "Jat" is from the Arabic word "jatta" referring to the inhabitants of what is now much of Pakistan and Northwest India.

In general, they were among the martial peoples of South Asia who eventually obtained land. They are noted for their abilities to make the land productive and to gain a good harvest. Some have moved from farming into urban jobs during the 20th century.

Jats can be Hindu, Muslim, or Sikh, and their origins are in India and Pakistan. Sikhs are a small minority in Bangladesh, a country far to the east of the origin of this Punjabi-based religion. Sikhism first came to what is now Bangladesh in the early 1500s when disciples of Sikhism's founder, Guru Nanak, came to this land. The early converts were Bengalis, but later other Sikhs came to Bangladesh from India, including Jat Sikhs.


Where Are they Located?

The few Jat Sikhs in Bangladesh are in Dhaka, Sylhet, and Chittigong.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jat Sikhs in Bangladesh are usually temporary residents from India though some live in that country. These people are either businessmen or deputies for Indian government agencies.

Their places of worship called gurdwaras are almost all in a state of decay, since the number of Sikhs are so few in Bangladesh. Most Sikhs in Bangladesh do not attend worship services at the gurdwaras.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Sikhism is a noble religion based on the equality of mankind regardless of their religion, caste, or ethnicity. They believe in one supreme God, though they have incorporated beliefs from Hinduism.


What Are Their Needs?

The Jat Sikhs in Bangladesh are not a poor group of people at all. But spiritually they lack having the chance to sit at Jesus' feet. They lack a relationship with the one who holds all power in heaven and earth (Matt. 28:18).


Prayer Points

* Ask God to call out prayer teams to break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask the Lord to call people who are willing to go to Bangladesh and share Christ with Jat Sikhs.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will soften their hearts towards the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among Jat Sikhs for the glory of His name.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_Sikh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Religion_in_Bangladesh#Sikhism
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sikhism_in_Bangladesh
http://en.banglapedia.org/index.php?title=Sikhs,_The


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Jat (Sikh traditions)
People Name in Country Jat (Sikh traditions)
Population in Bangladesh 19,000
World Population 9,652,300
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Jaut, Langah, Langha, Marth, Newar, जात (सिख ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18777
ROP3 Code 114456
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
(8,800)
Chittagong
(5,400)
Khulna
(2,200)
Rajshahi
(1,500)
Rangpur
(500)
Sylhet
(500)
Barisal
(400)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Dhaka (8,800)
  Chittagong (5,400)
  Khulna (2,200)
  Rajshahi (1,500)
  Rangpur (500)
  Sylhet (500)
  Barisal (400)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (17,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Bengali
(900)
Sylheti
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (17,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Bengali (900)
  Sylheti (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
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
World Bible Finder
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 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: Other / Small
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
0.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
100.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal  
Map Source Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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