Dhund in India


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

Introduction / History

The Dhund tribe is small by South Asian standards. Yet they have enjoyed much power through their long history. They have a royal history, filled with cultural reformers, rulers, feudal chiefs, conquerors, and religious leaders.


Where Are they Located?

Though most Dhund people live in Pakistan, there is a small number of them in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though some still consider them to be only a “tribe,” the Dhund people are by no means backwards. They are a force to be reckoned with, even in today’s world. They are known for their teachers and quality education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dhund people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They believe that the One, Supreme God, Allah, spoken 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.

In most of the Muslim world, peoples like the Dhund 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 we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. The often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

These people need a missionary team, burning with a purpose and a passion for the Savior of the Dhund people. The Muslim Dhund people remain entrenched in teachings that Jesus was only a prophet, and the way to Allah is through obedience to the Koran.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Dhund in India.

* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Muslim Dhund people.
* Pray for a movement of Dhund households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ, both in Pakistan and India.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Dhund people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Dhund people.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/16717/PK
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2011/11/17
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2009/11/08


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Dhund
People Name in Country Dhund
World Population 640,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dandari; Dander; Malyar; ढूंड
People ID 16717
ROP3 Code 111954
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Jammu and Kashmir 10,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kashmiri (5,800 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Gujari
2,400
Dogri
900
Urdu
500
Balti
400
Shina
300
Primary Language Kashmiri (5,800 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Gujari 2,400
  Dogri 900
  Urdu 500
  Balti 400
  Shina 300
People Groups Speaking Kashmiri

Primary Language:  Kashmiri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1813-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1813-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1899-2011)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Virtual Storehouse
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kashmiri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kashmiri
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Forgiver
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Galen Frysinger 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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