In earlier times the Yadav were called Ahir. In most places they don't use the name Ahir anymore and the most common name is Yadav or Yadava. The name Ahir is derived from 'Abhira ', which is an immigrant tribe found in inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. The Abhira appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. The Hindus among them claim connection to the god Krishna, since he was a herdsman.
Most Yadav people remain Hindu, but a smaller, lesser-known community of them are Muslim. Most likely, they converted to Islam during the 300-year period when Muslim empires controlled the Subcontinent and conversion was politically expedient.
The Muslim Yadavs live in India and Pakistan.
The Yadav are a caste comprising of dairymen, cattle producers, and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling its products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders.
Most Yadavs are Hindus, but some converted to Islam. To be a true Muslim one must believe that Mohammed is the final and most accurate prophet who brought mankind the direct words of Allah, God. They show their devotion by praying five times a day, giving alms to the poor, fasting during the month of Ramadan, and going on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
The Muslim Yadavs need to know what Jesus Christ can do for their families and communities. It will be very difficult for them to do that, since they live in some of the least reached parts of South Asia.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Muslim Yadav family and community leaders to seek His face.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to see a disciple making movement among the Yadav people.
Pray for Muslim Yadav leaders to embrace the blessings that their community can enjoy by being part of Christ's kingdom.
Scripture Prayers for the Yadav (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Yadav (Muslim traditions)|
|People Name in Country||Yadav (Muslim traditions)|
|Population this Country||21,000|
|Population all Countries||31,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Ahir; Gaoli; Goala; Golar; Golaro; Gopi; Hir; Ji; Makhar; Rai; Rao; Rao Sahib; Sargope; Yadav; यादव (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||8 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Total States on file||3|
|Primary Language||Punjabi, Western (7,900 speakers)|
|Language Code||pnb Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1819-2021)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|Resource Type ▲||Resource Name||Source|
|Audio Recordings||Audio Bible teaching||Global Recordings Network|
|Audio Recordings||DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament||DAVAR Partners International|
|Audio Recordings||Love letter to you from scripture||Father's Love Letter|
|Audio Recordings||Online Scripture / Bible||General / Other|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation||Create International|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western||Jesus Film Project|
|Film / Video||World Christian Videos||World Christian Videos|
|General||Bible for Children||Bible for Children|
|General||Biblical answers to your questions||Got Questions Ministry|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|General||Gospel resources links||Scripture Earth|
|General||Gospel website in this language||General / Other|
|General||Zume Resources||Zume Project|
|General||Zume Training||Zume Project|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Punjabi, Western||YouVersion Bibles|
|Text / Printed Matter||Cartoon Gospel tract||General / Other|
|Text / Printed Matter||Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western||Literacy & Evangelism International|
|Text / Printed Matter||Tools for faith conversations||Campus Crusade for Christ|
|Text / Printed Matter||Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies||World Missionary Press|