Khoja in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 2

Subgroup Name Population
Aghakhani 1,800
Asna-Ashari 1,200

Introduction

The Khoja are a Muslim community which still retains some Hindu practices. They maintain intercommunity linkages with all the communities, both of the Islamic faith and of the non-Islamic faith. They accept and exchange food and water with other communities. The majority are engaged in trade. Only sons inherit ancestral property and the eldest son inherits the father's authority. First cousins are preferred as spouses. They arrange marriages through negotiation and marry within subgroups. Disposal of the dead is by burial. They attend the mosques of both the Shias and the Sunnis.


Ministry Obstacles

The Khoja community speaks a number of languages in Pakistan. Each language subgroup may need its own church planting project.


Outreach Ideas

Pray the Khoja will learn they can download scripture, the Jesus film and Gospel recordings from the Internet. Especially pray the younger people will become interested in these downloads, and will read and listen to them.


Prayer Focus

There probably are no followers of Jesus today among the Khoja of Pakistan. However, please pray the Lord will prepare and send teachers and pastors at the proper time to those who will soon come to saving faith in Christ. Pray the Khoja community will increasingly desire to know the love of God, and will learn that a relationship with a loving God is possible because of the sacrifice of God's Son, Jesus. Pray they will become convinced that Jesus is indeed deity, and that he died for them.


Scripture Prayers for the Khoja in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-11-29
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-05-21
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-11-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-04-20
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2020-08-27
People Name General Khoja
People Name in Country Khoja
Pronunciation KOH-jah
Population this Country 911,000
Population all Countries 1,408,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 18
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
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Punjab
763,000
Sindh
98,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
32,000
Islamabad
8,700
Azad Kashmir
7,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
1,800
Balochistan
1,200
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Punjab 763,000
  Sindh 98,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 32,000
  Islamabad 8,700
  Azad Kashmir 7,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 1,800
  Balochistan 1,200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (418,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Saraiki
284,000
Urdu
83,000
Sindhi
69,000
Marwari
26,000
Hindko, Northern
17,000
Pahari-Potwari
16,000
Hindko, Southern
10,000
Kacchi
7,400
Pashto, Northern
3,600
Bagri
1,300
Dhatki
1,100
Pashto, Central
700
Shina
500
Kashmiri
200
Gujarati
200
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (418,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 17
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Saraiki 284,000
  Urdu 83,000
  Sindhi 69,000
  Marwari 26,000
  Hindko, Northern 17,000
  Pahari-Potwari 16,000
  Hindko, Southern 10,000
  Kacchi 7,400
  Pashto, Northern 3,600
  Bagri 1,300
  Dhatki 1,100
  Pashto, Central 700
  Shina 500
  Kashmiri 200
  Gujarati 200
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2021)
Bible-Complete No
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 DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zúme Training
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more