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Mahtam (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
253,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Mahtam (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
There are many differing stories of the origins of the Mahtam people. No one seems to be certain about their history or origin.

Where are they located?
The Mahtam community is mainly in the region stretching from Dera Ghazi Khan in the west, and Lahore in the northeast. Lahore is Pakistan's most culturally influential city.

What are their lives like?
Mahtam women have almost no freedoms or educational opportunities, and suffer from domestic abuse. Most Mahtam people tend to work in the service sector, agriculture, and light industry. High inflation and widespread corruption are crippling factors in Pakistan's economic development, and that affects the Mahtam people. Severe shortages of electricity and gas disrupt normal life and reduce the effectiveness of industry. Poverty affects much of the Mahtam population. Their spiritual poverty is even more desperate.

What are their beliefs?
The Mahtam people in Pakistan are 100 percent Sunni Muslim; they are unreached and unengaged. Portions of the New Testament, and Bible portions have been translated into Western Punjabi, a language the Mahtam people can understand. Audio resources and the JESUS Film are also available. Technology opens spiritual doors for those who dare to seek truth.

There is a degree of religious freedom promised ethnic minorities by Pakistani law, but in practice, non-Sunnis must practice their faith cautiously and under varying degrees of threat from Islamists. According to Open Doors, Pakistan is the fourth worst nation in regards to persecution of Christians.

What are their needs?
Basics of quality life are not easily attainable for the Mahtam people.

Most schools in Pakistan are Islamic (est. 20,000) or expensive private schools. They offer little education beyond memorizing the Koran, and push the brand of Islam preferred by militants. Financial and social inducements to convert to Islam also present a problem to non-Muslims, who are generally poorer and have fewer career and education opportunities.

Operation World reports that Pakistan's government alternates between civilian parties and autocratic military dictatorships. Despite its constitution, shari 'a law is increasingly applied in Pakistan.

Prayer Points
* Pray that media tools such as radio, TV, literature, and dreams and visions will break through the spiritual barriers holding the Mahtam people back.
* Pray that God will send his workers to this field.
* Pray that the Holy Spirit will draw them out, disciple them, and make them fishers of the men.
* Pray that they will be willing to take the message of salvation through Jesus Christ alone to their communities.

(Profiles written by Karen Hightower of Global Prayer Digest.)

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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:253,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (242,000)Sindh (11,000)
Balochistan (200)Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (50)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mahtam (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Mahtam (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Rai Sikhमहटाम (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112809
Joshua Project People ID: 17409
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 253,000
Population all Countries: 253,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Mahtam (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Dhatki (Unknown)Hindko, Northern (Unknown)
Marwari (Unknown)Saraiki (Unknown)
Sindhi (Unknown)Urdu (Unknown)
Total Languages: 7
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
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / VideoThe Return
Film / VideoThe Return
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Mahtam (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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