Madari (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

The Madari people of south central Asia were originally all Hindus but many converted to Islam during the period of the Moguls. Their traditional occupation is that of being snake charmers and entertainers with monkeys and bears. With the rise of animal rights, the Madari have had to find other employment. Many have left their nomadic habits to settle down to become farm workers and day laborers. The vast majority of Madari are landless. Some of their women and children beg to gain income to support their families.

Illiteracy is a big problem for the Madari. As long as most of the Madari cannot read or write, they will stay at the bottom rung of society. The main language of the Pakistani Madari is Western Punjabi. Many also speak Urdu.


Where Are they Located?

Most Madari people live in India and Pakistan. Smaller groups live in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Madari marry within their caste but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages. The newly married couple lives near or with the groom’s parents. Often the groom’s young man must live and work for his future father in law as part of the bride price. The family must compensate the bride’s family for the daughter they are losing. Sons inherit property from their father.

In the past, most Madari traveled from village to village entertaining other castes with snake charming and trained animals. Most now live in rural villages making a living by working on land owned by others.

Caste councils or “panches” decide legal disputes especially those involving marriage and divorce.

The main foods of the Madari are rice, millet, wheat and vegetables. They will eat meat on special occasions but not pork or beef. Alcoholism is a problem for the Madari, even though alcohol is forbidden to Muslims.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Madari people are Muslims. Some practice the mystical branch of Islam called Sufism. Islam is a major world religion that is based on five essential duties or "pillars": (1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet." (2) Five times a day one must pray while facing Mecca. (3) One must give an obligatory percentage (very similar to tithes) on an annual basis. (4) One must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year. (5) One must try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in his or her lifetime.

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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Madari people need to hear and experience the limitless love and grace of our Lord. The Madai need help in learning new job skills and in educating their children. The gospel must be presented to them in oral and visual form due to the Madaris’ lack of literacy.


Prayer Points

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

* Pray that the Lord sends believers to build relationships with the Madari peoples.
* Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Madari families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Madari people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Madari families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19483/BG
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19483/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/19483/CE
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2009/09/20
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Madari


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Madari (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Madari (Muslim traditions)
World Population 112,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Adugar; Fakir; Faqir; Jadugar; Kalandar; Khilwar; मदारी
People ID 19483
ROP3 Code 115507
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 5
Largest States
Punjab
41,000
Sindh
9,600
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
600
Islamabad
100
Balochistan
70
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 5
  Punjab 41,000
  Sindh 9,600
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 600
  Islamabad 100
  Balochistan 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (36,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Urdu
12,000
Saraiki
3,000
Sindhi
1,300
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (36,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 12,000
  Saraiki 3,000
  Sindhi 1,300
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 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 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 %
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
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.