Merat (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

Asha broke into a cold sweat at the medical clinic. "Asha, you are going to have a baby," repeated the kindly doctor while Asha sat on the examining table with an ashen look. Her husband's thundering voice echoed in her head. "Another girl and we won't be able to live! Where will I find the money for the dowry?"
After what seemed like an eternity to the puzzled doctor, Asha slowly broke into an insincere smile. The older woman's eyebrows furrowed as she asked, "What is the matter?" Asha wasn't sure if she could trust the kindness of this elderly doctor, but in her vulnerability, she needed a shoulder to cry on. She sobbed, "If I have another girl, my husband will harm the baby."
Like other women within the Merat Rajput community, Asha is under pressure to give birth to sons rather than daughters. According to their customs, Merat girls must marry men from a higher caste. Marrying into a higher caste means paying a larger, often unaffordable, dowry to the groom's family. Although the Merats are Muslims, their culture and religion is a hybrid of Hindu and Muslim traditions.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Merat (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.

Pray that dehumanizing cultural beliefs and practices would be overturned by a saving knowledge of Christ.
Pray for God's Kingdom to come to the Merat community in such a way that righteousness, justice, and love would define them, and Christ would be glorified.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Merat (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Merat (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 87,000
Population all Countries 435,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Kathak; Mer; Mer Kathak; Mera; Merat Kathat; Meri; Mewati; मेरात (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17532
ROP3 Code 112954
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
Punjab
61,000
Sindh
25,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
700
Islamabad
200
Balochistan
80
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
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
  Punjab 61,000
  Sindh 25,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 700
  Islamabad 200
  Balochistan 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (32,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Western
27,000
Sindhi
14,000
Urdu
11,000
Marwari
3,900
Pahari-Potwari
900
Dhatki
700
Hindko, Southern
700
Hindko, Northern
400
Primary Language Saraiki (32,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Western 27,000
  Sindhi 14,000
  Urdu 11,000
  Marwari 3,900
  Pahari-Potwari 900
  Dhatki 700
  Hindko, Southern 700
  Hindko, Northern 400
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
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Saraiki
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Saraiki
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 (Representative photo)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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