Rajput Ponwar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

The Muslim Rajput Ponwar or Panwar live in India, Pakistan and Nepal. Rajput means "son of a ruler" in Sanskrit. Ponwar means "descendants of the Paramara" dynasty. This middle-sized kingdom flourished in the late medieval period in north central India and Pakistan. All Rajput Ponwar were originally Hindus. With the coming of the Muslim sultanates, some Ponwar converted to Islam for spiritual and political reasons. They converted to Islam by clans not as individuals.

The Ponwar take pride in their warrior history. The British recruited them as soldiers during the colonial period. The Ponwar became landholders of large estates. Some Rajput Ponwar are wealthy landowners who have other castes work their land. Some are less wealthy and till the soil themselves. Their military tradition continues in the Pakistani Army. They hold positions of leadership in government.

The primary languages of the Pakistani Ponwar are Western Punjabi and Urdu. They also speak other regional Pakistani languages.


Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Ponwar live in the Pakistani states of Punjab and Sindh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rajput Ponwar enjoy a high status in Pakistani society. They encourage their sons to pursue higher education. As Muslims, their women are often secluded in the home. When the women go out, they wear very modest clothing that covers their heads and bodies. Families arrange marriages within the Rajput caste but not within the near clan members. The ancient practice of child marriage is no longer followed. Sons inherit property. They are non-vegetarians but as Muslims they do not eat pork.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rajput Ponwar lives revolve around the five daily prayers. They attend services at their local mosque on Fridays where they mingle with other groups of Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Ponwar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They must see that Isa or Jesus is much more than a prophet and that only through Isa can their sins be forgiven.


Prayer Points

Pray the Lord sends Christians to befriend the Rajput Ponwar and show them the love and mercy of God.
Pray that Rajputs living outside of Pakistan would become Christians and return to Pakistan to share the gospel with their people.
Pray that the Holy Spirit leads many Rajputs to Christ and that growing
churches are planted among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Rajput Ponwar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.


References

britannica.com/place/India/The-Rajputs#ref976107
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Panhwar
induhistory.blogspot.com/p/rajput-history.html


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

The Rajputs
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Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-16
Rajputs profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
People Name General Rajput Ponwar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rajput Ponwar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation RAHJ-put pun-WAHR
Population this Country 738,000
Population all Countries 819,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 15
Alternate Names Panwar; राजपूत पोंवार (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20226
ROP3 Code 115970
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 4
Largest States
Punjab
466,000
Sindh
250,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
1,300
Islamabad
1,100
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 4
  Punjab 466,000
  Sindh 250,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 1,300
  Islamabad 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Saraiki (240,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
Punjabi, Western
179,000
Sindhi
169,000
Urdu
95,000
Marwari
48,000
Dhatki
3,800
Bagri
3,600
Hindko, Southern
3,200
Pahari-Potwari
2,600
Hindko, Northern
600
Pashto, Northern
100
Primary Language Saraiki (240,000 speakers)
Language Code skr   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 11
Secondary Languages
  Punjabi, Western 179,000
  Sindhi 169,000
  Urdu 95,000
  Marwari 48,000
  Dhatki 3,800
  Bagri 3,600
  Hindko, Southern 3,200
  Pahari-Potwari 2,600
  Hindko, Northern 600
  Pashto, Northern 100
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
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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 Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more