Mewati (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.

Subgroups: 6

Subgroup Name Population
Chirklot 34,000
Dimrot 13,000
Landawat 6,600
Bargujar 5,900
Derwal 5,900
Dulot 5,400

Introduction / History

The Meo people of Pakistan follow Muslim practices and customs, but until partition in 1947 they heavily mixed their beliefs with Hindu teachings. At that time they had a resurgence of Islamic traditions. At one time Meo people claimed to be direct descendants of two Hindu gods, Rama and Krishna.

Even though they consider themselves to be from the well-respected Rajput community, some consider the Meo to be of a lower caste. Though Pakistani society tries to eliminate caste because of it's Hindu roots, it still affects people in this Muslim country. Caste affects their identity and their sense of worth.


Where Are they Located?

Most Meos live in northwestern India, but some live over the western border in Pakistan. They are especially populous in Punjab and Sindh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Muslim Meo people in Pakistan can be police officers, farmers, or many other things. They live with much spiritual confusion since they are Muslims who can't shake off their Hindu past.


Though Pakistani society tries to eliminate caste because it has its roots in Hinduism, the practice still affects people in this Muslim country.
What Are Their Beliefs?

The Meo people in Pakistan converted from Hinduism to Islam in stages. They made Islam a bigger part of their identity when Muslim Pakistan broke away from Hindu India in 1947, but they still have elements of Hinduism blended in with their Islamic beliefs. For example, many still pray in a Hindu way and follow traditional Hindu marriage rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Meo people need to have their identity firmly in Christ, not in Islam or their identity as Rajputs.


Prayer Points

Pray that believers worldwide will harness the tools of the Internet and social media to reach more unreached people groups like the Meo of Pakistan.
Pray that the Lord will mercifully reach the Meo people through dreams and visions.
There are many oral and printed gospel materials in the Western Punjabi language that the Meo people can understand. Pray that they will have easy access to these and that their hearts will be ready for a spiritual revolution.
Pray for a church planting movement among the Meo people of Pakistan.


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


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Meo_(ethnic_group)
http://www.everyculture.com/South-Asia/Meo.html


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest  

People Name General Mewati (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mewati (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation mee-VAH-tee
Alternate Names Koli Samaj; Me; Meds; Meena; Menam Mayo; Mes; Meta; Mew; Mewati; Mina; Mineain; Wadha Koli; मीयो (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 996,000
Population all Countries 1,977,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 20
People ID 17620
ROP3 Code 113054
ROP25 Code 305406
ROP25 Name Meo / Mewati
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Punjab
493,000
Sindh
478,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
21,000
Islamabad
3,600
Balochistan
200
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Punjab 493,000
  Sindh 478,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 21,000
  Islamabad 3,600
  Balochistan 200
Website South Asia Peoples
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.
Primary Language Sindhi (248,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
227,000
Punjabi, Western
222,000
Urdu
197,000
Marwari
34,000
Mewari
32,000
Dhatki
9,000
Hindko, Northern
8,800
Pahari-Potwari
7,500
Hindko, Southern
7,100
Bagri
4,400
Pashto, Northern
1,700
Kacchi
1,100
Pashto, Central
800
Koli, Parkari
200
Primary Language Sindhi (248,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 227,000
  Punjabi, Western 222,000
  Urdu 197,000
  Marwari 34,000
  Mewari 32,000
  Dhatki 9,000
  Hindko, Northern 8,800
  Pahari-Potwari 7,500
  Hindko, Southern 7,100
  Bagri 4,400
  Pashto, Northern 1,700
  Kacchi 1,100
  Pashto, Central 800
  Koli, Parkari 200
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
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 Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
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 Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sindhi Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Global Prayer Digest 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



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