Banjara (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

The Banjara were traditionally a nomadic community, but today they more commonly are settled and work in agricultural production. They believe that they were originally Hindu and were forcibly converted to Islam. The Muslim Banjara have twelve clans. They live in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are non-vegetarians who eat beef. They maintain cordial relations with neighboring communities and share water sources with them.


What Are Their Beliefs?

They belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. To follow Jesus is to risk upsetting community harmony, and to risk losing family and friends.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Banjara people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life he offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

Pray for spiritual hunger that will draw the Muslim Banjara to Jesus Christ. Pray for materials to help them grow properly, such as recorded or written Scripture, and gospel films. Pray that persons and households of peace will be found among the Banjara who will catalyze movements to Jesus among their own people. Pray for the Banjara community to be able to adequately care for their families, and for widows, orphans, and elderly people to have the care and protection needed.


Scripture Prayers for the Banjara (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Banjara (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Banjara (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation bahn-JAR-ah
Population this Country 98,000
Population all Countries 295,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Badi; Bhanjara; Bhanjra; Bhojru; Brinjari; Chhakda; Chhakda Banjara; Dhali; Guwaria; Laban; Lambada; Lambana; Lambani; Paracha; Sirkiband; Wanjara; बंजारा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17482
ROP3 Code 112893
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 5
Largest States
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
46,000
Punjab
26,000
Sindh
23,000
Islamabad
80
Balochistan
70
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 5
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 46,000
  Punjab 26,000
  Sindh 23,000
  Islamabad 80
  Balochistan 70
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (22,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Urdu
14,000
Pashto, Northern
14,000
Sindhi
13,000
Hindko, Northern
12,000
Punjabi, Western
11,000
Hindko, Southern
7,500
Marwari
2,500
Pashto, Central
1,800
Dhatki
500
Pahari-Potwari
300
Balochi, Eastern
30
Primary Language Saraiki (22,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 14,000
  Pashto, Northern 14,000
  Sindhi 13,000
  Hindko, Northern 12,000
  Punjabi, Western 11,000
  Hindko, Southern 7,500
  Marwari 2,500
  Pashto, Central 1,800
  Dhatki 500
  Pahari-Potwari 300
  Balochi, Eastern 30
People Groups Speaking Saraiki

Primary Language:  Saraiki

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1888-2009)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saraiki Jesus Film Project
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Saraiki Literacy & Evangelism International
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 Kingdom Rain 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more