Salat (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan

Main Language
Largest Religion
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

Most Salat are Hindus but there are some Muslims who converted to Islam during the Mogul period.
The name "Salat" means stone. The traditional occupation of the Salat is masonry and stone cutting. They build Hindu temples, Muslim mosques and other structures.
In Hindu society, the Salat are given the low status of Shudra or even outside the caste system.
The primary language of the Pakistani Salat is Sindhi. Many resources are available in Sindhi including a whole Bible, the JESUS Film and radio programs. Since many Salat are unable to read and write the goods news will have to presented to them in oral or visual forms.
The Salat people live in the western Indian state of Gujarati. A smaller population lives in the Sindh province of southeast Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most Salat men are cutters and sellers of stone and bricks by trade. Others have taken advantage of the educational system and become teachers, contractors, government workers and business owners. In recent times the Salat have taken on other occupations including agriculture, factory work and construction jobs. Many Salat young people are leaving rural areas and moving to cities searching for better educational and economic opportunities. Salat women care for children and sometimes work as domestics. Children frequently quit school after a few years to help their parents make a living.
Hindu Salat marry within their group, often first cousins. Marriage to one spouse is the norm. Families tend to have a large number of children. In rural areas, life expectancy is low and children mortality is high. Sons inherit property and take care of elderly parents. Elders rule villages and make judicial decisions.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Salat people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of South Asia. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. Hindus believe that by performing rituals and good works that they will attain moksha or freedom from the endless cycle of birth, death and rebirth. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.
The main yearly holidays of the Salat people are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama's birthday.

What Are Their Needs?

The Hindu Salat of Pakistan have huge needs. Rural Salat need access to modern medicine and clean water. They need good schools and teachers to educate their children. Rural lack electricity and indoor plumbing. Most of all the Salat of Pakistan need to hear and respond to the gospel of Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sin and give them hope for the future.

Prayer Points

Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of disciple making movement to Christ among the Salat community in this decade.
Pray for the Salat people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families.
Ask God to send workers to the Hindu Salat.
Pray that Salat parents are able to provide adequately for their children.

Scripture Prayers for the Salat (Hindu traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Salat (Hindu traditions)
People Name in Country Salat (Hindu traditions)
Alternate Names Champta; Chamta; Chamtha; Sompura Brahmans; Sompura Brahmin; सलत (हिंदू ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 1,900
Population all Countries 23,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 18001
ROP3 Code 113494
ROP25 Code 307152
ROP25 Name Salat
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)
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 1
  Sindh 1,800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Hinduism
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Sindhi (1,100 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Dhatki 900
  Kacchi 100
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 ( Online
YouVersion NT ( Online
Possible Print Bibles
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 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 website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
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
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
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