Introduction / History
At what point does an immigrant become part of the local population? That question is not easy to answer, especially when you consider the Muhajir people of Pakistan. The term muhajir comes from the Arabic word for "immigrant" or "refugee." And the name certainly fits: the Muhajir people were part of one of the largest forced migrations in history. They relocated from India to Pakistan during the partition of India in 1947. The Muhajir were initially welcomed in Pakistan, a nation they considered their new homeland. However, the atmosphere has changed. In the decades since partition, the Muhajir have been increasingly marginalized. Today, many feel that they are a separate people from other Pakistanis, even though they share the Muslim religion with the Pakistani majority.
Where Are they Located?
They live all over Pakistan, but mainly in the city of Karachi and Sindh Province.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The Muhajir people have been rejected by other Pakistanis. They have responded by becoming a tight-knit community that stands against everyone else.
What Are Their Beliefs?
The Muhajir people are entirely Muslim.
What Are Their Needs?
The Muhajir people need an identity that is based on being part of God's family rather than in their ethnicity, religion, or their status as a persecuted people.
* Pray that the gospel will be shared with the Muhajir people—how Jesus left heaven and came to earth so that they could be forgiven for their sins and have eternal life.
* Pray for these "refugees" to find their ultimate refuge and worth in Christ.
* Ask Him to prepare the hearts of the Muhajir to receive the good news.
* Pray for a great awakening among this people group and for many to put their faith in Christ.
* Pray for them to have easy access to all gospel materials in Urdu and Sindhi.