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Bania (Muslim traditions) in Afghanistan



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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
6,800 Urdu Islam 0.23 % 0.20 %   

Bania (Muslim traditions) in Afghanistan

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Introduction / History
The Vania people are also called Bania or Mahajan. The word Vania is derived from Vaniji, which means "trader" in Sanskrit. The Vania community has gotras or clans. Many of their clan names are based on the names of the place they are from. Though most Banias are in India, there are a fair number of them in other nearby countries including Afghanistan. Those in Afghanistan are Muslim, which is unusual for this people group with Hindu roots.

What are their lives like?
Money lending, business, trade, jewelry-making, and agriculture are the traditional occupations of the Vania. Floor painting and folk songs represent the Vania's art and culture. Social interactions and personal relationships among the Banias revolve around extended families and caste connections. This is complicated by the fact these Banias are Muslim, which separates them from the Hindu Banias.

What are their beliefs?
Most Vanias are Hindu by religion, but those in Afghanistan are Sunni Muslims. At one time in their history, they were converted to Islam by Muslim saints. PrayerPray for a Disciple Making Movement among the Banias in Afghanistan in the 2020s. Pray for them to have hearts that long for true spiritual nourishment that can only come from Jesus Christ. Pray for the Lord to pave the way for the gospel to move among the Banias in Afghanistan. Pray for Bania community leaders to open the door to allowing Jesus Christ to bless their families.

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Country: Afghanistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, Central
Persecution Rank:9 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bania (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Bania (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
बनिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 115168
Joshua Project People ID: 19423
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 6,800
Population all Countries: 6,800
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Bania (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Language
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Primary Language: Urdu (6,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.23 %(Evangelical: 0.20 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam95.00 % 
Non-Religious2.77 % 
Other / Small2.00 % 
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: 1843-2022
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
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Audio RecordingsOnline Audio Scripture
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Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoMy Last Day video, anime
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
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GeneralZume Resources
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Text / Printed MatterBible: Urdu
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Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Urdu
Text / Printed MatterLove letter to you from scripture
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterTopical Scripture booklets and Bible stu ...
 
 
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Bania (Muslim traditions) in Afghanistan

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