Mirasi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

Traditionally, the Mirasi have been a landless community working as musicians.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Muslim Mirasi people are involved in several vocations. Some are nomadic, and some are beggars. There are child marriage in some areas, girls being married at age 8-10 years and boys around 14 years. Their literacy rate is low.
Some are involved with prostitution and others are musicians. Some of their songs are up to a thousand verses and chronicle a family’s genealogy.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Muslim Mirasi belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. There is also a Hindu Mirasi people group, but the two groups do not intermarry. Although they are Muslims, some revere Hanuman and Durga as deities and others worship Ram Dev as a clan deity. They honor and appease shrines of Muslim saints (pirs). Azan, the Muslim call to prayer, is whispered in the ear of a baby one day after birth.


What Are Their Needs?

Obstacles to the gospel are numerous and often severe throughout Pakistan. There is much spiritual opposition, and much opposition from people who are strongly Muslim.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord will open Mirasi minds to his message of salvation as found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Pray not only for the Muslim Mirasi of Pakistan, but that the entire country will experience peace within and peace with India.
Pray especially for the Lord's Spirit to change circumstances such that his glory and wonderful deeds can be freely shared throughout Pakistan and among all people groups.


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


References

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2019/08/11
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2015/10/19
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2009/11/06


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-11
People Name General Mirasi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mirasi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation mee-RAH-see
Population this Country 2,067,000
Population all Countries 2,112,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 41
Alternate Names Bhand; Charan; Dhadhi; Dom; Dum; Langah; Mir; Mira; Miralm; Mir-Alm; Miriasi; Miriasin; Nagarchi; Pakhwadji; Pakhwaji; Shaikh; Sheikh; Tasbirdar; मिरसी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17622
ROP3 Code 113057
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
1,742,000
Sindh
154,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
81,000
Azad Kashmir
21,000
Islamabad
13,000
Balochistan
500
Gilgit-Baltistan
100
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 1,742,000
  Sindh 154,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 81,000
  Azad Kashmir 21,000
  Islamabad 13,000
  Balochistan 500
  Gilgit-Baltistan 100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (908,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
775,000
Urdu
140,000
Sindhi
86,000
Marwari
50,000
Pahari-Potwari
40,000
Hindko, Northern
38,000
Hindko, Southern
28,000
Pashto, Northern
7,400
Pashto, Central
5,900
Bagri
5,300
Dhatki
2,000
Kashmiri
800
Koli, Parkari
100
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (908,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 775,000
  Urdu 140,000
  Sindhi 86,000
  Marwari 50,000
  Pahari-Potwari 40,000
  Hindko, Northern 38,000
  Hindko, Southern 28,000
  Pashto, Northern 7,400
  Pashto, Central 5,900
  Bagri 5,300
  Dhatki 2,000
  Kashmiri 800
  Koli, Parkari 100
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
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Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Return Create International
Film / Video The Return Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
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)
Galen Frysinger 
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