Hajam in Bangladesh


Population
388,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Hajams or Hajjams are also known as the Nai Muslims or Turuk Navid in India. There is a long-standing tradition of the Hajam being hair-cutters, barbers and manicurist. The Hajams are found in nearly every part of India and most of Pakistan. In Nepal they can be found in almost any part of the Terai region.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Hajam remains a respected caste of hair-cutters (hajamat). In some areas the Hajams are the owners of barber shops and salons. In the Muslim community they can often be an active part of the community as hair-trimming for major family events like weddings and funerals can involve them. Even minor ritual surgeries like circumcision can be conducted by some Hajam. In some communities they can also be match-makers and some women assist with childbirth. Though they are Sunni Muslims, married women will often be distinguished by a nose-stud and the "bindi" dot on the forehead. They are not vegetarian and will eat beef with their rice, wheat or maize. In Nepal they speak Nepali as well as Bhojpuri, Urdu as well as Maithili.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a little to no ministry among the Hajams although they are a fairly large Muslim group in Nepal. Even though their community can be slow to adopt new medicine and technology this group remains a strategic people to reach with the Gospel as they have far-reaching connection into the Muslim community socially.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-18
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Population in Bangladesh 388,000
World Population 4,452,900
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Amrewal, Awadhi, Awadhia, Awari, Bahti, Banbiro, Banvaru, Bhandari, Chabang, Chirath, Dhanwal, Didhia, Ghaijo, Hajjam, Hazam, Jadowal, Jallan, Jarrah, Juvwa, Kaila, Kaith, Kalseru Navaliga, Kanaujia, Karagar, Kelasi, Kelasi Mhali, Khabas, Khalasi, Khalifa, Khalipha, Khurakar, Kshaurak, Mangala, Matkos, Matwal, Mundu, Musalman, Muslim Nai, Nabhik, Nadig, Nai, Nai Muslim, Naia, Napit, Narasundar, Nava, Navaliga, Navid, Nawid, Nayeebrahman, Nayinda, Nhavi, Niaria, Ossan, Ossatha, Osta, Panwari, Paramanik, Punwari, Raja, Rajaji, Sanmukh, Shil, Ustadji, Valand, Valand Nadig, Varik, Vavdichaksi, Wadhi, Wadhio, हजम
People ID 19655
ROP3 Code 112187
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
109,000
Chittagong
92,000
Barisal
53,000
Rajshahi
42,000
Khulna
37,000
Sylhet
28,000
Rangpur
27,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 41  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Dhaka 109,000
  Chittagong 92,000
  Barisal 53,000
  Rajshahi 42,000
  Khulna 37,000
  Sylhet 28,000
  Rangpur 27,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (298,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
21,000
Sylheti
20,000
Urdu
2,500
Bishnupuriya
800
Kok Borok
200
Other People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (298,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 21,000
  Sylheti 20,000
  Urdu 2,500
  Bishnupuriya 800
  Kok Borok 200
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
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 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Global Mapping Intl / Omid / Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.




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