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Bhabra (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Bhabra (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
Traditionally the Bhabra people were ancient merchants who followed Jainism, a reform movement within Hinduism. A small number of these businesspersons converted to Islam during the Muslim Conquest of the Indian subcontinent. Many had previously lived in India but left that country after the Partition in 1947. Many of the Hindu, Jain and Sikh Bhabra left Pakistan for India at the same time.

The main language of the Muslim Bhabra is Western Punjabi. As an educated caste, they also speak Urdu and English.

Where are they located?
Many Bhabra live in and around the city Lahore in northeastern part of the nation. Others are scattered across the provinces of Punjab and Sindh.

What are their lives like?
The Muslim Bhabra are some of the best-educated, most successful peoples in Pakistan. Many work as bankers, financiers and business owners. They encourage their sons to pursue university degrees. Their daughters and women stay at home to raise children and take care of domestic responsibilities.

A Bhabra man may have as many as four wives, but one is the norm. The Bhabra marry within their group. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit their father's property with the eldest son becoming the head of the family. Newly married couples live near the groom's parents often taking part in the groom's father's business. A caste council settles legal disputes and promotes their interests.

What are their beliefs?
Bhabra people could be Hindu, Muslim, Sikh, or Jain. The ones we are praying for today are the Sunni Muslims in Pakistan. They try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme and only God, determines who enters paradise. 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. Muslims are also prohibited to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make idols.

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 Bhabra must see that money and material wealth will not bring them the peace of mind and lasting joy that they seek. They must hear and understand the message of Jesus Christ.

Prayer Points
Pray for laborers to have wisdom in applying the pattern Jesus gave in Matthew 10 and Luke 10, leading to blessing among Muslim Bhabra households.
Pray the Lord will start a movement of Bhabra families experiencing God's blessings.
Pray for the Bhabra people to be delivered from their fear of Christendom and to embrace God's blessing through his Word for their families and communities


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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:800
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (500)Punjab (300)
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People Name in Country: Bhabra (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Bhabra (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Babroभबरा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 115255
Joshua Project People ID: 19426
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 800
Population all Countries: 800
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Bhabra (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Sindhi (500 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Punjabi, Western (200)Saraiki (100)
Total Languages: 3
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
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Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
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Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
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Film / VideoThe Hope Video
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