Kalwar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Kalwar (Muslim traditions)
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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.
People Name: Kalwar (Muslim traditions)
Country: Pakistan
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 2,600
World Population: 11,400
Primary Language: Sindhi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: Complete Bible
Online Audio NT: Yes
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:

Introduction / History

The Kalwar or Kalal (in India) are said to derive their name from the Sanskrit word for 'distiller of alcohol' or kalyapala. This community is known as the Muslim distillers and sellers of liquor. Based on this tradition the Kalwar have a relatively low social status.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Though traditionally distillers and liquor sellers, the Kalwar are involved today in a variety of trading and selling as well as in labor and some in agriculture.
Married women wear the nose-stud (nakchhabi). They have traditional shared food with other Muslims but have not with Hindu groups.

What Are Their Beliefs?

They are Sunni Muslim and follow the traditional rites of birth (aqiqa), marriage (mangn, manja, nikah, sindoordan ) and they bury their dead.

What Are Their Needs?

Some success in sharing Christ has borne fruit among the Hindu Kalwar but no known work has even begun among the Muslim community.

Prayer Points

Pray that workers will be called and sent to the Kalwar people in Pakistan.
Pray for believing Kalwar to bridge the gap into the Muslim community.
Pray that the Muslim Kalwar people will seek and find the king of Kings.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among the Kalwar people that will bless them for eternity.

Text Source:   Joshua Project