Jat, Gil (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
148,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Jats are not a homogeneous ethnic group living in a particular area and speaking a single language. Rather, they are a people who live scattered around the world among several ethnic groups, yet retain their own identity. This distinction is often based on occupation and heritage.

They are subdivided by clan. Among the Jat peoples, Gil can refer to either a surname or a clan. The Gil Jat clan is found in the Punjab speaking regions straddling eastern Pakistan and northwestern India. It is one of the largest and most aristocratic of the Jat clans.

When Arab Muslim armies first invaded what is now Pakistan's Sindh Province in the seventh century, they found the chief tribal groupings to be among the Jats, which were sometimes called Zatts in Arab writings. Jats were among the first converts to Islam, and many were employed as soldiers by the Arab Muslim administration in Sindh. Between the 10th and 13th centuries Jat communities from Sindh and Balochistan migrated to Punjab. Between the 11th and 13th centuries these Jats became farmers who enjoyed the advantage of irrigation for their crops. During this time many more began to convert to Islam, though other Jats are either Hindu or Sikh, especially further east in what is now India.


Where Are they Located?

There are Gil Jats in almost all of Pakistan's provinces, but especially in Punjab. They are also in many of India's northern states.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Jats are noted for their skills as soldiers and as farmers. A large number of the Jat Muslim people live in Pakistan and have dominant roles in public life in the province of Punjab and Pakistan in general.


What Are Their Beliefs?

There are Sikh, Hindu and Muslim Gil Jats, but the Muslims dominate in Pakistan. They are from the politically and numerically powerful Sunni branch of Islam. Sunni Muslims depend on their own righteousness, based on the teachings of their prophet, Mohammed, and their holy book, the Qur'an. They do not have a savior who is free from sin, though the Qur'an teaches that Isa (Jesus) was without sin. They believe their eternal salvation depends on the will of Allah. Regardless of their religious affiliation, all Jats observe many ceremonies, especially rites of passage such as circumcision and initiation into adulthood.


What Are Their Needs?

Gil Jats, whether they are Sikh, Hindu, or Muslim, need to know that there is a salvation in noone other than the sinless savior, Jesus Christ. They need to put their faith in His work on the cross to pay for our sins, and in the resurrection. It will take a work of God to convince these self-assured people that they must trust Christ with their eternity.


Prayer Points

* Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out additional laborers into Pakistan to work among the Gil Jats.
* Pray that Christian doctors, nurses, and humanitarian aid workers will have opportunities to share the love of Jesus with Gil Jats.
* Ask God to save key Jat leaders who will boldly proclaim the gospel to their own people.
* Pray that churches and mission organizations will accept the challenge of adopting and reaching the Jats.
* Ask God to raise up teams of intercessors who will faithfully stand in the gap for the Jats.
* Ask the Lord to bring forth disciple making movements among the Jats for the glory of His name.


References

http://www.jatland.com/home/Gill
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jat_Muslim
https://newpakhistorian.wordpress.com/tag/muslim-gill-jats/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Jat, Gil (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Jat, Gil (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 148,000
World Population 149,800
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names जात, गिल (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 19862
ROP3 Code 115876
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Punjab
(83,000)
Sindh
(54,000)
Azad Kashmir
(5,300)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(4,200)
Balochistan
(700)
Islamabad
(400)
Federally Administer
(60)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Punjab (83,000)
  Sindh (54,000)
  Azad Kashmir (5,300)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (4,200)
  Balochistan (700)
  Islamabad (400)
  Federally Administer (60)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Punjabi, Western (95,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Sindhi
(20,000)
Urdu
(17,000)
Saraiki
(10,000)
Koli, Parkari
(300)
Hindko, Northern
(90)
Shina, Kohistani
(40)
Hindko, Southern
(30)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (95,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Sindhi (20,000)
  Urdu (17,000)
  Saraiki (10,000)
  Koli, Parkari (300)
  Hindko, Northern (90)
  Shina, Kohistani (40)
  Hindko, Southern (30)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Bible-Complete No
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
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
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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 %
Profile Source Keith Carey  
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