Jat, Chima (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
264,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Jats are traditionally a rural community in India and Pakistan. The term "Jat" originally meant "peasant," but they are much more than common field workers. In past centuries the Jats have excelled as fighters, and typically the reward for their military victories has been acquiring land.

There are a number of separate Jat clans, one of which is the Chima, also spelled Cheema. Wikipedia describes them as "very politically influential," "elite," and "aristocratic." They are among Pakistan's movers and shakers.


Where Are they Located?

The Chima Jats in Pakistan live mainly in Punjab, Pakistan's most influential province. A few of them live in the nearby Indian states of Punjab and Rajasthan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Chima Jats have held much power in Pakistan's national government as well as in Punjab's state government for many decades. Their wealth comes from land ownership. Because of their wealth and prestige, the Chima Jats would have much influence for good in Pakistan if they were willing to embrace the Savior.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chima Jats of Pakistan are entirely Sunni Muslim. There are Jats in India who are either Hindu or Sikh, but in Pakistan, Jats are almost all Muslim.


What Are Their Needs?

There are no known followers of Christ among the Chima Jats. Much more information is needed on their exact numbers and location. Fact finding, survey prayer teams would be helpful to find out more about the Chima Jats of Pakistan. The unreached group needs to be targeted by intercessors and church planters in Pakistan and India.


Prayer Points

* Pray that that Chima Jats of Pakistan would have the opportunity to hear a clear presentation of the gospel in their language, Western Punjabi.
* Pray that Bibles and other resources would be available for a new Chima Jat church.
* Pray that the Lord would move some of His people to live among the Chima Jats and build relationships with them in order to bring them to Christ.
* Pray that the new Jat believers would be discipled and develop a burden for the salvation of all Jat communities.
* Pray the Lord would allow the JESUS Film in Western Punjabi to be shown in Pakistan and that He would bring Muslim Jats into His kingdom as a result.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cheema
http://www.jatland.com/home/Cheema#Distribution_in_Pakistan
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_Muslim
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_people
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Jat


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Jat, Chima (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Jat, Chima (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 264,000
World Population 264,700
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names जात, चीमा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 19831
ROP3 Code 115864
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Largest States
Punjab (223,000) Sindh (35,000) Azad Kashmir (3,500)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (2,400) Balochistan (200) Federally Administer (30)
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 6
Punjab (223,000) Sindh (35,000)
Azad Kashmir (3,500) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (2,400)
Balochistan (200) Federally Administer (30)

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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (219,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (17,000) Sindhi (13,000) Saraiki (4,600)
Koli, Parkari (200)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (219,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (17,000) Sindhi (13,000)
Saraiki (4,600) Koli, Parkari (200)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
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Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video House of Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Profile Source: Keith Carey  
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