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Harni in Pakistan


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
15,000 Saraiki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Harni in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
One of the Harni descendants was Najaf Khan, a Pashtun military leader who had eight sons. The sons married Rajput women, and became Rajputs. They left their homeland either after a dispute or a famine and became mercenaries of Rai Kalla Khan. They destroyed villages for him then were banished from their land. In the 19th century they appealed to the colonial British to have their land re-established, but the British gave them a wasteland instead. They began a life of crime, especially burglary. They have had a reputation as clever burglars ever since. Some of their women would work as domestic servants for wealthy clients, then burglarize the home. Crime was attributed to them, even if they were not guilty. They had lost trust with other Indian communities, and this can haunt them even today.

Where are they located?
Most of the Muslim Harni people live in Pakistan, but a smaller number live in Jammu and Kashmir.

What are their lives like?
The Harni people probably struggle with their traditional bad reputation that can hamper their ability to move forward socially and economically. This can make it difficult for them to earn an honest living.

What are their beliefs?
The Harni people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The Harni people are noted for visiting shrines to Muslim saints whom they believe will intercede for them and help them gain favor with Allah.

What are their needs?
The Harni people need to find ways to earn a good, constructive living. They need to be able to support their families.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Harni culture to be renewed and enhanced by a work of the Holy Spirit and shaped into a God-centered and God-honoring mold.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Harni family and community leaders in India and Pakistan to seek His face and enjoy His blessings.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to nurture a disciple making movement among the Harni people.
Pray that soon the Harni people will have faith that will lead them to live honorable lives that will draw others to the Savior.


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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:15,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (9,000)Sindh (4,900)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (300)Islamabad (60)
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People Name in Country: Harni
People Name General: Harni
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 112208
Joshua Project People ID: 16911
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 15,000
Population all Countries: 16,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Harni
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Saraiki (4,700 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): skr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Punjabi, Western (4,600)Sindhi (2,700)
Urdu (2,300)Dhatki (300)
Hindko, Northern (200)Pahari-Potwari (100)
Marwari (50)Hindko, Southern (40)
Total Languages: 9
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: 1888-2009
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Saraiki
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Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Saraiki
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Harni in Pakistan

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