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Mirasi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Mirasi (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,067,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Mirasi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
Traditionally, the Mirasi have been a landless community working as musicians.

What are their lives like?
Today the Muslim Mirasi people are involved in several vocations. Some are nomadic, and some are beggars. There are child marriage in some areas, girls being married at age 8-10 years and boys around 14 years. Their literacy rate is low.
Some are involved with prostitution and others are musicians. Some of their songs are up to a thousand verses and chronicle a family's genealogy.

What are their beliefs?
The Muslim Mirasi belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. There is also a Hindu Mirasi people group, but the two groups do not intermarry. Although they are Muslims, some revere Hanuman and Durga as deities and others worship Ram Dev as a clan deity. They honor and appease shrines of Muslim saints (pirs). Azan, the Muslim call to prayer, is whispered in the ear of a baby one day after birth.

What are their needs?
Obstacles to the gospel are numerous and often severe throughout Pakistan. There is much spiritual opposition, and much opposition from people who are strongly Muslim.

Prayer Points
Pray the Lord will open Mirasi minds to his message of salvation as found in the person and work of Jesus Christ.
Pray not only for the Muslim Mirasi of Pakistan, but that the entire country will experience peace within and peace with India.
Pray especially for the Lord's Spirit to change circumstances such that his glory and wonderful deeds can be freely shared throughout Pakistan and among all people groups.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-11
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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:2,067,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (1,742,000)Sindh (154,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (81,000)Azad Kashmir (21,000)
Islamabad (13,000)Balochistan (500)
Gilgit-Baltistan (100)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Mirasi (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Mirasi (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 113057
Joshua Project People ID: 17622
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,067,000
Population all Countries: 2,112,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Mirasi (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (908,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Saraiki (775,000)Urdu (140,000)
Sindhi (86,000)Marwari (50,000)
Pahari-Potwari (40,000)Hindko, Northern (38,000)
Hindko, Southern (28,000)Pashto, Northern (7,400)
Pashto, Central (5,900)Bagri (5,300)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 14
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
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio RecordingsLove letter to you from scripture
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel resources links
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralZume Resources
GeneralZume Training
Text / Printed MatterBible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
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Mirasi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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