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Bazigar (Muslim traditions) in India



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Bazigar (Muslim traditions) in India

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Introduction / History
The Muslim Bazigar or Goaar live in northwest India. Their name comes from the Urdu word "bazi" which means acrobat. The Bazigar were originally Hindus. A small group of them became Muslims during the Delhi Sultanate and Mughal periods. The traditional occupation of the Bazigar was that of being acrobats, dancers, musicians, jugglers and wrestlers. The Bazigar would travel from village to village. They would hire themselves out as farm agricultural laborers. They would also perform at festivals and holidays as dancers, drummers and acrobats. They would perform for Hindu, Muslim and Sikh villages.

Today less than one out of five Bazigars engage in the itinerate lifestyle. Most have settled down and work in agriculture. They still like to dance, sing, play music and do feats of strength and agility. The Bazigars have been classified as a Scheduled Caste due to their low level of education. In 1981, only 11% of the Bazigar could read and write. Illiteracy continues to be a problem for them today.

The main languages of the Muslim Bazigar of India are Urdu, Eastern Punjabi, Kashmiri and Dogri.

Where are they located?
Muslim Bazigar live in the Indian states of Jammu and Kashmir, Punjab, Haryana and Rajastan.

What are their lives like?
Most Bazigar now work in agriculture as laborers. They also work as
shopkeepers, public officials and grocers. They raise goats and sheep for their meat and milk. Muslim Bazigar do not eat pork. Many Bazigar still have musical and athletic skills, which they perform at important family events and holidays.

The Bazigar marry within their community. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit property with the eldest son gaining possession of the family home. Caste councils promote their interests and settle legal disputes.

What are their beliefs?
The Bazigar people of India are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They attempt to obey the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What are their needs?
The Muslim Bazigar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way the can understand. They need help in educating their The Bazigar need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they can children and in learning new job skills. They need to see Christianity lived out before them in practical ways.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Lord sends workers to the Bazigar to tell them about Jesus and His love for them.
* Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Bazigar families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
* Pray the Bazigar people will understand that Jesus desires to bless their families and communities, not harm them.

References
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bazigar
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.692.2886&rep=rep1&type=pdf

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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:10 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:7,400
Largest States:
Jammu and Kashmir (2,700)Punjab (1,600)
Haryana (1,400)Rajasthan (900)
Delhi (400)Uttar Pradesh (200)
Uttarakhand (100)Gujarat (100)
Total States on file:8
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bazigar (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Bazigar (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
BazigarMadari
MedariMehdri
Qalandarबाज़ीगर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112900
Joshua Project People ID: 17487
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,400
Population all Countries: 12,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Punjabi
People Name General: Bazigar (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25r
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Language
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Primary Language: Urdu (2,300 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Punjabi, Eastern (2,100)Kashmiri (1,100)
Dogri (1,100)Marwari (300)
Bazigar (200)Bagri (100)
Bhadrawahi (100)Gujarati (100)
Merwari (40)Punjabi, Western (30)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 12
   
 
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: 1747-1894
New Testament:
1758-2000Audio
Complete Bible: 1843-2016
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Easy to Read (FCB ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Pakistan Bible So ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsUrdu Online Audio Bible
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Revised Urdu Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: UGV Devanagari
Text / Printed MatterBible: اردو جیو ورژن
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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