Rahmani (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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Evangelical
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Rahmani place themselves in the higher order of Muslim communities, though other Muslim communities may dispute this.

The Rahmani are one of many Bhat subgroups. They live primarily in India but also have a presence in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Bhat groups are known for their practice of 'phakra' (speaking poetically in praise of others). As a landowning community, they work primarily in cultivation. Generally, they are not well educated.

The Rahmani primarily practice monogamy and usually marry their cousins. They allow for divorce and remarriage. Their women wear vermilion and iron bangles as marriage symbols.

On the death of the father, the children inherit the property, with the sons inheriting larger shares than the daughters. During funeral practices, someone recites the kalima and verses from the Koran in the ears of the dying person.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Muslim Rahmani historically converted from Hinduism to Sunni Islam, the religion of the Pakistani majority. In addition to Islam, they practice ancestor worship and the occult.

There are no known followers of Christ among the Rahmani in either India or Pakistan. The Rahmani are considered a frontier people group in both countries.


What Are Their Needs?

The Rahmani in Pakistan speak Sindhi, a language spoken by over 200 people groups. Christian resources available in Sindhi include the entire Bible, the JESUS Film, audio Bible, and gospel recordings. Since many Rahmani are illiterate, they will need the gospel presented orally.

Most Rahmani have probably never met a Christian. Additionally, Pakistan's infamous blasphemy laws make it very dangerous to share the gospel.


Prayer Points

Ask God to lead many Rahmani to websites and social media sites where they can be exposed to the gospel.

Pray that Jesus will reveal himself to them through dreams and visions, showing them that he is more than a great prophet.

Ask the Holy Spirit to convict many Rahmani of their need for a savior and to show them that salvation cannot be earned.

Ask God to lead believers from nearby people groups to share the gospel with Rahmani whose hearts are open.

Ask God to enable the Rahmani to live in harmony with neighboring peoples.

Pray for a movement among the Rahmani to lead to disciples and churches that multiply through many generations.


Scripture Prayers for the Rahmani (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Rahmani (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rahmani (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation rah-MAH-nee
Population this Country 61,000
Population all Countries 338,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Bahrot; Bhaat; Bhatti; Brahma Bhat; Brahmabhat; Brahmabhatta; Dasund; Jaga; Kavi; Muslim Bhat; Ramavat; Rao; भाट (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16407
ROP3 Code 111556
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 4
Largest States
Sindh
31,000
Azad Kashmir
17,000
Punjab
12,000
Islamabad
80
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 4
  Sindh 31,000
  Azad Kashmir 17,000
  Punjab 12,000
  Islamabad 80
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (21,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
Urdu
8,900
Pahari-Potwari
8,800
Saraiki
7,800
Hindko, Northern
6,900
Punjabi, Western
6,400
Marwari
1,800
Dhatki
1,100
Kacchi
600
Kashmiri
100
Bagri
100
Hindko, Southern
50
Primary Language Sindhi (21,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 12
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 8,900
  Pahari-Potwari 8,800
  Saraiki 7,800
  Hindko, Northern 6,900
  Punjabi, Western 6,400
  Marwari 1,800
  Dhatki 1,100
  Kacchi 600
  Kashmiri 100
  Bagri 100
  Hindko, Southern 50
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more