Kahar Kamkar (Muslim traditions) in India

The Kahar Kamkar (Muslim traditions) have only been reported in India
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Main Language
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Evangelical
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The traditional occupation of the Kamkar Kahar was that of palanquin bearers and water carriers. The name Kahar comes from Hindi words which means, “shoulder bearers.” The large majority of Kahar are Hindus. A small group of Kahar converted to Islam during the Mughal Period. The Kamkar Kahar are a Scheduled Caste meaning that they are eligible for pubic jobs and special university admissions. The two main languages of the Muslim Kamkar are Bengali and Urdu.


Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Kahar Kamkar live in West Bengal, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Kahar are farmers and are engaged in small businesses – restaurants, fabric shops, and food stalls according to People Groups of India. They can be found working for transportation companies. They also work as rickshaw-pullers, carpenters, basket weavers, boatmen, and fishermen. Some educated Kamkar have become professional and politicians.

The Muslim Kamkar marry within their group. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit property upon the death of their father. A Kamkar man can have up to four wives if he can afford them. Marriage to one wife is the norm. The Kamkar will not eat pork or beef. The staples of their diet are rice, lentils, vegetables, fruit, and dairy products.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though they are Muslims and their ancestors converted from Hinduism, the Kamkar have a worldview that incorporates many Hindu-like beliefs in addition to their form of Sunni Islam. The Kamkar often celebrate both Muslim and Hindu holidays.


What Are Their Needs?

The Kamkar need good secondary schools for their children. They need to learn new job skills so that they obtain better employment. Many Kamkar need access to modern medicine. Most of all, the Kamkar need to hear and respond to the message of Isa or Jesus Christ. He alone can forgive their sins and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kahar Kamkar (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Muslim Kamkar Kahar people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Kamkar Kahar families into a rich experience of God’s blessing.
* Pray for Kamkar Kahar families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ’s work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Kamkar Kahar family leaders to experience God’s blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Kahar
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2015/10/10


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kahar Kamkar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kahar Kamkar (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 2,100
Population all Countries 2,100
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names कहर कंकर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 20688
ROP3 Code 117080
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
West Bengal
1,600
Uttarakhand
300
Uttar Pradesh
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  West Bengal 1,600
  Uttarakhand 300
  Uttar Pradesh 200
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (1,500 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Urdu
600
Primary Language Bengali (1,500 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 600
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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