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Hajam in Pakistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,091,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % Not available   

Hajam in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Hajams or Hajjams are also known as the Nai Muslims or Turuk Navid in India. There is a long-standing tradition of the Hajam being hair-cutters, barbers and manicurist. The Hajams are found in nearly every part of India and most of Pakistan. In Nepal they can be found in almost any part of the Terai region.

What are their lives like?
The Hajam remains a respected caste of hair-cutters (hajamat). In some areas the Hajams are the owners of barber shops and salons. In the Muslim community they can often be an active part of the community as hair-trimming for major family events like weddings and funerals can involve them. Even minor ritual surgeries like circumcision can be conducted by some Hajam. In some communities they can also be match-makers and some women assist with childbirth. Though they are Sunni Muslims, married women will often be distinguished by a nose-stud and the "bindi" dot on the forehead. They are not vegetarian and will eat beef with their rice, wheat or maize. In Nepal they speak Nepali as well as Bhojpuri, Urdu as well as Maithili.

What are their needs?
There is a little to no ministry among the Hajams although they are a fairly large Muslim group in Nepal. Even though their community can be slow to adopt new medicine and technology this group remains a strategic people to reach with the Gospel as they have far-reaching connection into the Muslim community socially.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-16
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,091,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (1,620,000)Sindh (219,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (181,000)Azad Kashmir (45,000)
Islamabad (19,000)Federally Administered Tribal Areas (3,700)
Gilgit-Baltistan (1,800)Balochistan (600)
Total Provinces on file:8
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Hajam
People Name General: Hajam
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112187
Joshua Project People ID: 19655
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,091,000
Population all Countries: 4,480,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Punjabi
People Name General: Hajam
Ethnic Code: CNN25b
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (1,435,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (224,000)Saraiki (125,000)
Sindhi (81,000)Hindko, Southern (41,000)
Hindko, Northern (27,000)Bagri (6,400)
Shina, Kohistani (4,900)Marwari (4,100)
Koli, Kachi (1,900)Pashto, Central (1,500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 22
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1885-1922
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1959
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsFathers Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoHouse of Love (
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Hajam in Pakistan

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People Cluster
    Punjabi     South Asia    
      Hajam Pakistan    
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            Hajam in Pakistan          
      Religion Language  
      Islam     Punjabi, Western  
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