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Faqir in Pakistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
21,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Faqir in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
In Pakistan a name carries much more than a sound; it has a meaning. For example, to be known as a "Faqir" is to be known for being poor. This is a name and a condition that its bearers are well aware of. Faqir is also a caste of Muslim magicians. This can quite often be a strike against them, as they are despised and discriminated against because they practice magic.

Yet it can also be a strike for them as well. "Faqir" also refers to being self-sufficient and having no need except a need for God. They are Muslim ascetics who practice severe self-discipline. This gives them status in the eyes of many.

Where are they located?
Though they have a small population, the Faqirs are spread out throughout Pakistan's Punjab and Sindhi Provinces.

What are their lives like?
Poverty and austerity define their lifestyle.

What are their beliefs?
The Faqirs are Muslim; they have blended in many Hindu beliefs, making it a significant challenge for those who would bring the gospel of Jesus to them. Many are also part of Muslim Sufi orders, which are noted for their emphasis on emotion.

What are their needs?
These people, who know they need nothing but God, need to know the true God. They have a distinct advantage over other Muslims in finding truth in that they at least have a partial understanding of what it takes to rely on God.

Prayer Points
Pray that their poverty, both physical and spiritual, would cease to define the Faqir people, and that they will instead by defined by their abundant hope and joy in Christ.
Pray that God will give them a heart that will strive for physical and spiritual improvement so that they will be open to embracing the Word of God.
Pray that the church will take seriously the needs of the Faqirs in Pakistan by committing themselves to impacting them with the gospel.
Pray for a disciple-making movement to emerge among Faqirs in Pakistan.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-13
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:21,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (14,000)Sindh (5,300)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (300)Islamabad (300)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Faqir
People Name General: Faqir
Alternate People Names:
FaqiraniFhakir Budbudki
GareriGhanta Fhakirlu
Ghanti FhakirPir
Turaka Budbudikiफ़क़ीर
ROP3 Code: 112012
Joshua Project People ID: 16762
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 21,000
Population all Countries: 133,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Faqir
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (8,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Saraiki (5,500)Urdu (3,600)
Sindhi (2,600)Pahari-Potwari (500)
Hindko, Southern (300)Hindko, Northern (100)
Dhatki (100)
Total Languages: 8
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 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
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: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Text / Printed MatterBible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Faqir in Pakistan

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People Cluster
    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Faqir Pakistan    
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