Khoja in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Subgroups: 10

Subgroup Name Population
Shia-Apna-Ashari 1,800
Aghakhani Unknown
Asna-Ashari Unknown
Atlai-Khurasani Unknown
Badakhshani Unknown
Gujar-Gupti Unknown
Khedwaya Momna Unknown
Mochi Momna Unknown
Multani Unknown
Soni-Lohar Unknown

Introduction / History

The Khoja are a Muslim community who live in west and north India. They originally were a group of Hindu traders who converted to Islam in the 14th century. The word Khoja comes from a Persian word meaning pious or respected one. The branch of
Shia Islam that the Khoja converted to is called Ismaili. They believe that the Aga Khan is the successor to the prophet Muhammad. Some Sunnis, the largest branch in Islam, see the Ismaili as heretics.

Some of the wealthiest entrepreneurs in India are Khoja. They believe in higher education for their children, especially for their sons. Khoja have migrated all over the globe including North America, Europe, Africa and East Asia. When a Khoja person travels to a new place, he instantly has friendly Ismailis there to offer him or her hospitality and business contacts.

The founder of nation of Pakistan was a Khoja, Muhammad Ali Jinnah.

The primary language of the Khoja is Gujarati. They speak also other regional languages. University educated Khoja speak English.


Where Are they Located?

The large majority of the Indian Khoja lives in the Indian states of Maharashtra and Gujarat. Smaller groups live throughout the nation of India. Many Khoja also live in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The lives of the Khoja vary. Some are wealthy, college graduates and hold positions at the highest levels of Indian society. Others are small businessmen who their own shops.

Khoja families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. They desire to marry within their own sect of Shia Islam. Sons inherit property with the eldest son becoming responsible for the welfare of his mother and younger siblings. Ismaili priests officiate at important life events like births, weddings and funerals. Their ceremonies are unlike any other Muslim group. They have been influenced by Hindu and Neo-platonic thought.

The Khoja eat meat except for pork.

Caste associations promote their interests and settle legal matters.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Khoja are members of the Ismaili sect, the second largest group in Shia Islam.

Like all Shia they believe that the successors of Muhammad should be his direct descendants. The larger group of Islam, the Sunni, does not believe that Muhammad successors have to be in the physical lineage of Muhammad.

Ismaili Shia believe that the Aga Khan IV, a British businessman, is Allah's living imam and representative on earth. He is able to interpret the Qur'an for his followers.

Like all Muslims, the Khoja Ismaili pray five times a day towards Mecca, fast during the month of Ramadan and attend Mosque services on Friday.

A tiny group of Khoja is Sunni Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

The Khoja need to hear and understand the life-changing gospel of Jesus Christ. They must be humble enough to accept themselves as sinners in need of a Savior.

The Khoja would benefit by seeing God's love shown to them by Christians.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Khoja in India.

* Ask the Lord to raise up and send out a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses from among the Khoja people.
* Ask God to deliver families and communities within the Khoja people from fears that hinder them from embracing His blessings
* Pray for movements to Jesus to sweep through Khoja families, permeating
the group from within.


References

everyculture.com/South-Asia/Khoja.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Khoja
britannica.com/topic/Khoja


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-31
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-25
People Name General Khoja
People Name in Country Khoja
World Population 1,344,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
Alternate Names Firkai-Jafaria; Firkai-Jataria; Imami; Imami Ismaili Shi; Ismaili; Khoja Shia Asna Asari; Khojah; Khojura; Khwajo; Nizari; Nizarians; Shi'a; Shia Ismaili; Shias Isna Asari; खोजा
People ID 17177
ROP3 Code 112531
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster South Asia Muslim - Other
People Group Khoja
Ethnic Code CNN25e
Total Subgroups 10
  Shia-Apna-Ashari 1,800
  Aghakhani 0
  Asna-Ashari 0
  Atlai-Khurasani 0
  Badakhshani 0
  Gujar-Gupti 0
  Khedwaya Momna 0
  Mochi Momna 0
  Multani 0
  Soni-Lohar 0
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Maharashtra
277,000
Gujarat
138,000
Haryana
8,300
Karnataka
1,200
Jammu and Kashmir
1,100
Telangana
800
Punjab
500
West Bengal
500
Madhya Pradesh
300
Chhattisgarh
200
Bihar
200
Rajasthan
200
Goa
200
Daman and Diu
90
Odisha
40
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 17
  Maharashtra 277,000
  Gujarat 138,000
  Haryana 8,300
  Karnataka 1,200
  Jammu and Kashmir 1,100
  Telangana 800
  Punjab 500
  West Bengal 500
  Madhya Pradesh 300
  Chhattisgarh 200
  Bihar 200
  Rajasthan 200
  Goa 200
  Daman and Diu 90
  Odisha 40
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Gujarati (355,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Kacchi
42,000
Konkani
11,000
Urdu
9,000
Sindhi
2,500
Punjabi, Eastern
1,400
English
200
Konkani, Goan
100
Kashmiri
30
Primary Language Gujarati (355,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Kacchi 42,000
  Konkani 11,000
  Urdu 9,000
  Sindhi 2,500
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,400
  English 200
  Konkani, Goan 100
  Kashmiri 30
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2005)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
Text / Printed Matter OneHope resources for children and youth
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 %
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.