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Kanjar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan



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Kanjar (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Kanjar people were once nomads who roamed throughout South Asia. They were distrusted, discriminated against and marginalized.

Muslim Kanjars have their own subgroups, many of which have their own language and culture. Muslim Kanjar people live in India and Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
Today the Kanjar people are usually millers, farmers, day laborers or small businessmen. They have their own cultural art forms including music, dance and storytelling.

The Kanjar people in Pakistan have organized themselves to protect their rights as a community. They hope to eliminate the stigma of their nomadic past, which sometimes involved prostitution. They are trying to improve their access to schools and hospitals so they can enjoy a higher standard of living.

What are their beliefs?
These Kanjar people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke 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, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

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.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

In most of the Muslim world, common people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well they live on a daily basis. For that reason, some Muslims appease spirits using charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces. More orthodox Muslims consider these practices heretical and un-Islamic.

What are their needs?
The Kanjar people need to put their hope in the King of kings, realizing that he is the one who gives them worth and dignity.

Prayer Points
Pray for loving workers to go to the Kanjar people until there are disciples who make more disciples.

Pray the Lord will prepare the hearts of the Kanjar to understand and to believe the gospel.

Pray for the Lord to bless the Kanjar people with adequate education and medical facilities.

Pray for the Lord to bless the Kanjar people so abundantly that they will see he is the only one worthy of praise and worship.

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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:11,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (9,300)Sindh (900)
Azad Kashmir (100)
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Kanjar (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Kanjar (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
कंज़र (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113009
Joshua Project People ID: 17582
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 11,000
Population all Countries: 29,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Kanjar (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Saraiki (7,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): skr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Marwari (2,000)Urdu (800)
Sindhi (600)Punjabi, Western (100)
Pahari-Potwari (40)
Total Languages: 6
   
 
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: 1888-2009
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 / VideoJesus Film: view in Saraiki
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Saraiki
 
 
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