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Sonar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Sonar (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
350,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Sonar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Muslim Sonar people have their roots in Hindu mythology. According to the legend, Sonars are the descendants of the youngest of five sons created by the Hindu god Vishnu's incarnation, Vishwakarama. The first Sonar was used by the goddess Devi to destroy a giant demon who was made of gold. This Sonar convinced this vain demon that he would look better if he were polished, a process which involved being melted down, and ultimately destroyed.

Where are they located?
Most members of the Sonar community are Sikh, Jain, or Hindu, and they live in India's northern states. A small number are Muslims, and a smaller number of these live in Pakistan's Punjab Province.

What are their lives like?
Wealthy Sonars are money lenders. There are some Sonars who now sell groceries or own land, but most are still craftsmen. Specifically, they make jewelry out of gold or silver. Hindu Sonars are free to make jewelry and idols that honor their deities, but Muslim Sonars cannot participate in these activities.

Sonars tend to marry within their own communities. They do not practice child marriage, and they live within nuclear families. In today's world, the Sonars are starting to get higher education.

What are their beliefs?
Sunni Muslims believe that they can please Allah by obeying what he told them to do in the Koran and the hadith. Salvation is based on the will of Allah, which means that no one will know his or her eternal fate until the Day of Judgment.

What are their needs?
These people are middle class or wealthy, so they do not feel a need to take care of their basic needs. However, they have spiritual needs which are unmet by Islam.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Sonar community to be humble enough to acknowledge their need for forgiveness of sin, and that they understand the provision for forgiveness that God has provided.

References
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17684/PK
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18150/PK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunar
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/index.php/issue/day/Sonar-Goldsmiths/
https://www.quora.com/Sunar-Goldsmith-is-backward-caste-in-India-is-it-true
http://www.peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/sonar/
https://www.revolvy.com/main/index.php?s=Sunar%20(caste)

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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:350,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (247,000)Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (52,000)
Sindh (49,000)Gilgit-Baltistan (500)
Islamabad (300)Balochistan (300)
Total Provinces on file:6
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Sonar (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Sonar (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
AksaliAshraf
AusalaHemkar
JangarJargar
KamsalaKapila
KaraiKhakhar
KhatriKonkar
KoraiMaipotra
MairNiaria
ROP3 Code: 113129
Joshua Project People ID: 17684
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 350,000
Population all Countries: 381,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - Other
People Name General: Sonar (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (230,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (56,000)Saraiki (20,000)
Sindhi (18,000)Hindko, Southern (6,700)
Hindko, Northern (5,700)Marwari (1,500)
Kacchi (500)Marwari (300)
Shina, Kohistani (300)Dhatki (200)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 15
   
 
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:
1819-2000
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
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 / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / VideoThe Return
Film / VideoThe Return
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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