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Madari (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Madari (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
55,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Madari (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Madari people of south central Asia were originally all Hindus but many converted to Islam during the period of the Moguls. Their traditional occupation is that of being snake charmers and entertainers with monkeys and bears. With the rise of animal rights, the Madari have had to find other employment. Many have left their nomadic habits to settle down to become farm workers and day laborers. The vast majority of Madari are landless. Some of their women and children beg to gain income to support their families.

Illiteracy is a big problem for the Madari. As long as most of the Madari cannot read or write, they will stay at the bottom rung of society. The main language of the Pakistani Madari is Western Punjabi. Many also speak Urdu.

Where are they located?
Most Madari people live in India and Pakistan. Smaller groups live in Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.

What are their lives like?
The Madari marry within their caste but not within their particular clan. Families arrange marriages. The newly married couple lives near or with the groom's parents. Often the groom's young man must live and work for his future father in law as part of the bride price. The family must compensate the bride's family for the daughter they are losing. Sons inherit property from their father.

In the past, most Madari traveled from village to village entertaining other castes with snake charming and trained animals. Most now live in rural villages making a living by working on land owned by others.

Caste councils or "panches" decide legal disputes especially those involving marriage and divorce.

The main foods of the Madari are rice, millet, wheat and vegetables. They will eat meat on special occasions but not pork or beef. Alcoholism is a problem for the Madari, even though alcohol is forbidden to Muslims.

What are their beliefs?
The Madari people are Muslims. Some practice the mystical branch of Islam called Sufism. Islam is a major world religion that is based on five essential duties or "pillars": (1) A Muslim must affirm that "there is no god but Allah and Mohammed is his prophet." (2) Five times a day one must pray while facing Mecca. (3) One must give an obligatory percentage (very similar to tithes) on an annual basis. (4) One must fast during Ramadan, the ninth month of the Muslim year. (5) One must try to make at least one pilgrimage to Mecca in his or her lifetime.

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 Madari people need to hear and experience the limitless love and grace of our Lord. The Madai need help in learning new job skills and in educating their children. The gospel must be presented to them in oral and visual form due to the Madaris' lack of literacy.

Prayer Points
Pray that the Lord sends believers to build relationships with the Madari peoples.
Pray for Jesus movements to bless extended Madari families so the gospel will spread rapidly among this people group.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Madari people teachable and understanding hearts.
Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit to bring entire Madari families into a rich experience of God's blessing.


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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:55,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (42,000)Sindh (9,800)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (600)Islamabad (100)
Balochistan (70)
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Madari (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Madari (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 115507
Joshua Project People ID: 19483
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 55,000
Population all Countries: 128,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Madari (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (23,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Saraiki (18,000)Sindhi (5,900)
Urdu (5,800)Pahari-Potwari (700)
Hindko, Southern (500)Marwari (300)
Hindko, Northern (200)Dhatki (40)
Total Languages: 9
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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Madari (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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