Badhi (Muslim traditions) in Nepal

Badhi (Muslim traditions)
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People Name: Badhi (Muslim traditions)
Country: Nepal
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 400
World Population: 44,100
Primary Language: Urdu
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
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Introduction / History

The Muslim Badhi (aka Barhai) are a Muslim community found in the Terai region of Nepal. They are sometimes referred to as Multani while other times as Saifi, which denotes their Muslim sub-caste of blacksmiths and carpenters.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today their main employment is in farming. While some own small farms, most are agricultural laborers. Prostitution also generates a source of income for the Badhi. Although they live near other Muslim groups, they have little interaction with them. They maintain a broader social distancing with neighboring Hindu groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Badhi follow Sunni Muslim beliefs and practice customs similar to Muslims in Uttar Pradesh, just to their south.

What Are Their Needs?

Reports have indicated that Badhi communities need assistance to strengthen economically, educationally and politically.

Prayer Points

Pray for an increase in ability and strategy for those whom God assigns to speak about His love for the Muslim Badhi. Pray that the Badhi will have a vibrant, Spirit-filled church movement that communicates and spreads the truth about God’s Kingdom. Pray that the Muslims around the Badhi will be drawn to faith by seeing how God blesses those Badhi who turn to Him. Pray that God's Spirit will bring about a people movement to Christ.

Text Source:   Joshua Project