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Karal (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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238,000 Hindko, Northern Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Karal (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
According to their oral traditions, the Karal tribe is descended from Karral Shah, a leader who migrated north from what is now southern Pakistan. Their name Karal means chief or ruler. They are proud of their military history and have always had to fight to keep their land independent from conquerors.

Where are they located?
The Muslim Karal people only live in northern Pakistan, specifically the Hazara district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province.

What are their lives like?
They speak Northern Hindko, a major language in northern Pakistan. Ethnically and culturally, they are more related to the Hazaras than they are to the more dominant Pashtuns in that part of northern Pakistan. These two groups are hostile to one another both in Pakistan and in neighboring Afghanistan. For this reason, some of the Karal people have wanted the Hazara district to become a separate state.

Today most are farmers. They plant wheat, vegetables and fruit. They also raise animals for meat and dairy products.

What are their beliefs?
This group is entirely Muslim. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, using deceit, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

What are their needs?
The Karal people need peace in their land. They live in a place where there is much potential for ethnic conflict.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Karal people in Pakistan teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray that a strong movement of the Holy Spirit will bring entire Karal families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
Pray for Karal families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Karal family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


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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:238,000
Largest Provinces:
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (226,000)Punjab (1,600)
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People Name in Country: Karal (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Karal (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Karralकराल (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 115569
Joshua Project People ID: 19433
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 238,000
Population all Countries: 238,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Karal (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hindko, Northern (176,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): hno    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Pashto, Northern (27,000)Pahari-Potwari (14,000)
Urdu (6,700)Shina (4,000)
Shina, Kohistani (3,800)Punjabi, Western (1,700)
Bateri (1,200)Kohistani, Indus (800)
Saraiki (700)
Total Languages: 10
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: 1929-2019
New Testament: None Reported
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 RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hindko, Northern
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Karal (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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