Hajam in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Progress
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 13 (10 largest shown)  Show all

Subgroup Name Population
Sribastab 44,000
Niaria 42,000
Bhandari 27,000
Kanaujia 11,000
Nabasakh 8,400
Khalifa 7,200
Gole 6,300
Mathuria 4,900
Banbheru 4,600
Umre 900

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.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Hajam in India.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-12
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-09-07
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Pronunciation hah-ZHAM
Population this Country 2,309,000
Population all Countries 5,069,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 46
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 South Asia Muslim - other
People Group Hajam
Ethnic Code CNN25
Total Subgroups 13
  Sribastab 44,000
  Niaria 42,000
  Bhandari 27,000
  Kanaujia 11,000
  Nabasakh 8,400
  Khalifa 7,200
  Gole 6,300
  Mathuria 4,900
  Banbheru 4,600
  Umre 900
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 28
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,390,000
Bihar
426,000
Jharkhand
89,000
Gujarat
76,000
West Bengal
58,000
Uttarakhand
41,000
Andhra Pradesh
34,000
Telangana
31,000
Maharashtra
29,000
Haryana
27,000
Tamil Nadu
24,000
Madhya Pradesh
20,000
Karnataka
16,000
Odisha
14,000
Rajasthan
12,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 28  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 1,390,000
  Bihar 426,000
  Jharkhand 89,000
  Gujarat 76,000
  West Bengal 58,000
  Uttarakhand 41,000
  Andhra Pradesh 34,000
  Telangana 31,000
  Maharashtra 29,000
  Haryana 27,000
  Tamil Nadu 24,000
  Madhya Pradesh 20,000
  Karnataka 16,000
  Odisha 14,000
  Rajasthan 12,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (1,612,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 38
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
181,000
Bengali
56,000
Gujarati
39,000
Telugu
14,000
Punjabi, Eastern
12,000
Awadhi
12,000
Maithili
11,000
Tamil
11,000
Odia
5,200
Garhwali
4,700
Marathi
4,200
Kashmiri
2,800
Marwari
2,600
Kacchi
2,500
Kannada
1,700
Primary Language Urdu (1,612,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 38
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 181,000
  Bengali 56,000
  Gujarati 39,000
  Telugu 14,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 12,000
  Awadhi 12,000
  Maithili 11,000
  Tamil 11,000
  Odia 5,200
  Garhwali 4,700
  Marathi 4,200
  Kashmiri 2,800
  Marwari 2,600
  Kacchi 2,500
  Kannada 1,700
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  (1843-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Steve Evans - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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