Hajam in India


Population
2,077,000
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.


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Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-12
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Population in India 2,077,000
World Population 4,641,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 42 to 47
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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 India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
(1,262,000)
Bihar
(388,000)
Jharkhand
(76,000)
Gujarat
(69,000)
West Bengal
(39,000)
Uttarakhand
(39,000)
Andhra Pradesh
(31,000)
Telangana
(27,000)
Maharashtra
(26,000)
Haryana
(25,000)
Tamil Nadu
(23,000)
Madhya Pradesh
(18,000)
Karnataka
(15,000)
Odisha
(12,000)
Rajasthan
(8,700)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 15  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh (1,262,000)
  Bihar (388,000)
  Jharkhand (76,000)
  Gujarat (69,000)
  West Bengal (39,000)
  Uttarakhand (39,000)
  Andhra Pradesh (31,000)
  Telangana (27,000)
  Maharashtra (26,000)
  Haryana (25,000)
  Tamil Nadu (23,000)
  Madhya Pradesh (18,000)
  Karnataka (15,000)
  Odisha (12,000)
  Rajasthan (8,700)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (1,549,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 37
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
(214,000)
Bengali
(49,000)
Gujarati
(38,000)
Telugu
(16,000)
Awadhi
(12,000)
Punjabi, Eastern
(12,000)
Tamil
(12,000)
Maithili
(10,000)
Odia
(5,300)
Garhwali
(4,700)
Marathi
(4,500)
Kashmiri
(2,800)
Kacchi
(2,300)
Marwari
(2,200)
Kannada
(1,800)
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (1,549,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 37
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri (214,000)
  Bengali (49,000)
  Gujarati (38,000)
  Telugu (16,000)
  Awadhi (12,000)
  Punjabi, Eastern (12,000)
  Tamil (12,000)
  Maithili (10,000)
  Odia (5,300)
  Garhwali (4,700)
  Marathi (4,500)
  Kashmiri (2,800)
  Kacchi (2,300)
  Marwari (2,200)
  Kannada (1,800)
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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 Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods 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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Steve Evans  Creative Commons 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From India census data.  Current values may differ.


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