Hajam in India


Population
1,957,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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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 1,957,000
World Population 4,452,900
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 39
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Hajam
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups on file 12
Largest Subgroups
Niaria
13,000
Kanaujia
8,800
Nabasakh
7,700
Khalifa
5,100
Gole
4,900
Mathuria
3,800
Banbheru
3,000
Umre
700
Bhandari
500
Mhalo Nhavi
400
Gangatirkar
200
Napit
80
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Group Hajam
Ethnic Code CNN25b
Total Subgroups 12
  Niaria 13,000
  Kanaujia 8,800
  Nabasakh 7,700
  Khalifa 5,100
  Gole 4,900
  Mathuria 3,800
  Banbheru 3,000
  Umre 700
  Bhandari 500
  Mhalo Nhavi 400
  Gangatirkar 200
  Napit 80
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,187,000
Bihar
364,000
Jharkhand
71,000
Gujarat
65,000
West Bengal
39,000
Uttarakhand
35,000
Andhra Pradesh
29,000
Telangana
27,000
Maharashtra
24,000
Haryana
23,000
Tamil Nadu
21,000
Madhya Pradesh
16,000
Karnataka
14,000
Odisha
12,000
Rajasthan
9,400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 1,187,000
  Bihar 364,000
  Jharkhand 71,000
  Gujarat 65,000
  West Bengal 39,000
  Uttarakhand 35,000
  Andhra Pradesh 29,000
  Telangana 27,000
  Maharashtra 24,000
  Haryana 23,000
  Tamil Nadu 21,000
  Madhya Pradesh 16,000
  Karnataka 14,000
  Odisha 12,000
  Rajasthan 9,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (1,554,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 37
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
214,000
Bengali
48,000
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
2,500
Marwari
2,400
Kannada
1,800
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (1,554,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 37
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 214,000
  Bengali 48,000
  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 2,500
  Marwari 2,400
  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 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 - 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 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 God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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 India census data.  Current values may differ.




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