Introduction / History
In earlier times the Yadav were called Ahir. In most places they don't use the name Ahir anymore and the most common name is Yadav or Yadava. The name Ahir is derived from 'Abhira ', which is an immigrant tribe found in inscriptions and Hindu sacred books. The Abhira appear to have been one of the immigrant tribes from Central Asia. The Hindus among them claim connection to the god Krishna, since he was a herdsman.
Where Are they Located?
Most Yadav people remain Hindu, but a smaller, lesser-known community of them are Muslim. Most likely, they converted to Islam during the 300-year period when Muslim empires controlled the Subcontinent and conversion was politically expedient.
The Muslim Yadavs live in India and Pakistan.
What Are Their Lives Like?
The Yadav are a caste comprising of dairymen, cattle producers, and laborers. Their traditional occupation is animal husbandry and selling its products. The Yadav consist of both landowning and landless people. Some Yadav are businessmen, teachers, doctors, engineers and political leaders.
What Are Their Beliefs?
Most Yadavs are Hindus, but some converted to Islam. To be a true Muslim one must believe that Mohammed is the final and most accurate prophet who brought mankind the direct words of Allah, God. They show their devotion by praying five times a day, giving alms to the poor, fasting during the month of Ramadan, and going on a pilgrimage to Mecca.
What Are Their Needs?
The Muslim Yadavs need to know what Jesus Christ can do for their families and communities. It will be very difficult for them to do that, since they live in some of the least reached parts of South Asia.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to move among Muslim Yadav family and community leaders to seek His face.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers who will be compelled to see a disciple making movement among the Yadav people.
Pray for Muslim Yadav leaders to embrace the blessings that their community can enjoy by being part of Christ's kingdom.
Scripture Prayers for the Yadav (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.