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Chamar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Chamar (Muslim traditions)

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Chamar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
It seems that every class of people has been despised and discriminated against at some time, and the Chamar Muslims are no exception, even in Muslim Pakistan. Their name derives from Chamakara, meaning "a worker in leather."

Where are they located?
Chamars live mostly in north India. In Pakistan, Muslim Chamars are most likely to be found near the city of Lahore.

What are their lives like?
Muslim Chamar women are known for their beauty. Many of them work as midwives. Chamars seek marriage partners from outside their own clan, but within their own community. Adult marriage is the norm among Muslim Chamars. They do not have child brides.

In South Asia people say the Chamars, be they Hindu or Muslim, are criminally minded and unintelligent. Their work is considered degrading, and it involves dealing with foul stenches and dead animals. This is not the kind of work people would choose, but the caste system keeps them there, even in Muslim Pakistan.

What are their beliefs?
Though most Chamars are Hindus, there is a Sunni Muslim minority among them. Because of the caste system's negative influence in that entire region, even Muslims are affected by it.

What are their needs?
Chamars, be they Hindu or Muslim, need to know that the God who created them has a purpose for them. They need to be freed to seek their worth in God rather than be limited by what people think about them.

Prayer Points
Pray that the church will begin reaching out to the Chamar Muslims in Pakistan.
Pray that the Chamar Muslims themselves will not be "biased" against the claims of Christ, but will thoughtfully consider what he said in his word.
Pray for a disciple making movement within Chamar communities in Pakistan.


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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:235,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (167,000)Punjab (42,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (19,000)Islamabad (600)
Balochistan (100)Gilgit-Baltistan (100)
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People Name in Country: Chamar (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Chamar (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
चामर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 112915
Joshua Project People ID: 17499
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 235,000
Population all Countries: 235,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Chamar (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (95,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (57,000)Punjabi, Western (36,000)
Saraiki (19,000)Hindko, Northern (7,400)
Marwari (4,800)Hindko, Southern (4,600)
Dhatki (3,300)Pashto, Northern (2,900)
Pashto, Central (1,400)Koli, Wadiyari (900)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
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: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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GeneralGospel resources links
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Sindhi
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