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Bahna (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Bahna (Muslim traditions)

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195,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bahna (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Bahna or Behana or Dhunia are a people who live in Pakistan and India. Their name comes a word for "seed." Their traditional occupation was separating the seeds from raw cotton. The Bahna believe they originally came from Persia or Afghanistan. With the coming of the modern technology, the Bahna have gone into different jobs like selling cotton fabric, agriculture, manufacturing and trade. The Bahna were originally all Hindus. Some Bahna became Muslims during the time of the Delhi Sultanate and Moghul Empire. Many of them left India and moved to Pakistan in 1947. Most of the Bahna girls receive little formal education while the boys pursue more schooling. The primary language of the Bahna is Urdu.

Where are they located?
The vast majority of the Muslim Bahna of Pakistan live in the province of Sindh. Some also reside in Punjab.

What are their lives like?
The Bahna marry within their community often their cousins. One spouse is the general rule while having more than one wife is legal. The sons inherit their father's property. Their dead are buried.

The Bahna are not vegetarians but as Muslims do not eat pork. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils, vegetables and fruit. Most Bahna live in villages with other castes.

What are their beliefs?
The Bahna people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They attempt to obey the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. 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.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the Ramadan fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What are their needs?
The Muslim Bahna need to hear the good news about Isa or Jesus in a way they can understand. They need to see the love and grace of Christ lived out before them in practical ways. Teachers can come and help Bahna women and girls learn the basics of reading and writing. Workers can help the Bahna gain access to clean water and electricity.

Prayer Points
* Pray for the Holy Spirit to work powerfully through those believers ministering to the Bahna people.
* Pray for the tiny number of Bahna believers in India to be strengthened in the faith and led by God to share their faith with their people in Pakistan.
* Pray for movements to Jesus to sweep through Bahna families, permeating the group from within.


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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:195,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (186,000)Punjab (9,500)
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People Name in Country: Bahna (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Bahna (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
बहना (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111416
Joshua Project People ID: 16291
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 195,000
Population all Countries: 195,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Bahna (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (86,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (77,000)Saraiki (16,000)
Punjabi, Western (8,200)Goaria (4,000)
Bagri (2,600)Koli, Wadiyari (1,400)
Marwari (800)Kacchi (500)
Koli, Parkari (400)
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: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament (FCBH)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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