The Attar are a very small Jat community. They live either in Maharashtra, India or in Pakistan.
Ironically these Muslims have a patron-client relationship with Hindus whom they sell incense, dried coconut and special oils. They have their own caste association, and they seldom marry outside their community. The Attar are mainly farmers or landowners, though some have moved into Pakistan’s urban centers. Others are in Western countries in North America or Europe.
The Attar people are conservative, traditional Sunni Muslims. 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. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.
The Attar people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.
* Scripture Prayers for the Attar in Pakistan.
Pray for a spiritual hunger that will lead the Attar people of Pakistan to Jesus Christ, the King of kings. Pray for Holy Spirit directed workers to go to them. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement to sweep through the Attar community this decade.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||5 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Pashto, Northern (400 speakers)|
|Language Code||pbu Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Pashto, Northern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1991)|
|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||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||God's Love Story|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Northern|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|Film / Video||The Savior 0 - The Savior Trailer|
|Film / Video||The Savior 4 - Sowing of the Word|
|General||General Ministry Resources|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Text / Printed Matter||Multi-Language Media|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|