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Barwala (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Barwala (Muslim traditions)

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580,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Barwala (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
Traditionally Barwalas have worked as village watchmen and messengers, overseeing the work of coolies, bearing torches, and carrying palanquins at weddings. Others manufactured mats and winnowing fans. They are considered to be from a low caste, meaning that they have very little influence or power.

By the beginning of the 20th century, many were agricultural laborers working for the more prestigious Rajputs.

Where are they located?
Most of the Muslim Barwala people live in rural areas. They live in the Sialkot, Gurdaspur and Hoshiarpur districts of Punjab, Pakistan. Others live further north in Pakistan's portion of Jammu and Kashmir. There are a few Barwala people in India, but most of these are Hindu.

What are their lives like?
Today most of them are engaged in agriculture or as unskilled laborers. The Barwalas live mainly in nuclear households. The oldest son becomes the head of the household after the father dies. They allow for divorce and remarriage. There are 12 major Barwala clans in Pakistan.

What are their beliefs?
Most Barwala people are Hindu, especially those that live in India, but in Pakistan most are Muslims. Though they adhere to the basic tenets of Islam, they are adversely affected by the caste system which influences people in almost all of South Asia.

What are their needs?
The Barwala people need the opportunity to make a better living. They also need to understand that though they are from a low status community, that the God of creation gives them dignity and value.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Barwala peoples will have an intense hunger for spiritual truth that will lead them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that the Lord will thrust out workers to the Barwala people. Pray that these workers will be equipped with the power and fruit of the Holy Spirit in their lives.
* Pray for the Lord to pave the way for a disciple-making movement to flourish among the Barwala people of Pakistan.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2019-07-24
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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:580,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (509,000)Sindh (65,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (5,000)Balochistan (400)
Gilgit-Baltistan (30)
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People Name in Country: Barwala (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Barwala (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Barwarबरवाला (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112898
Joshua Project People ID: 17485
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 580,000
Population all Countries: 582,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Barwala (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (450,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (81,000)Sindhi (33,000)
Saraiki (20,000)Bagri (1,300)
Kacchi (600)Koli, Wadiyari (500)
Marwari (400)Shina, Kohistani (200)
Hindko, Southern (200)Pashto, Northern (200)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 13
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 (GRN)
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 MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Barwala (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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