Kumhiar (Muslim traditions) in India


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

Introduction / History

The Kumhiar people (not to be confused with the Kumhar potters) are a fairly unknown people group. We know very little about their lives, but they are probably mostly farmers in this mountainous land.


Where Are they Located?

They live in Jammu & Kashmir, straddling India and Pakistan. Most live on the Pakistani side of the border, but a sizable minority live in India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many farm for a living in this high elevation where crops are hard to grow. Potatoes and wheat are important crops. It is a struggle to grow enough food in many parts of Jammu & Kashmir. Life is even more difficult since there is an ongoing low-grade war in Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan. For this reason, the Kumhiar people live with military personnel around them as a constant reminder of the endless conflict.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Islam, the religion of the Kumhiar people, is both a bridge and an obstacle to the gospel. It’s a bridge in that Muslims understand that they answer to the God of Creation and Jesus is an important prophet. It’s an obstacle in that they firmly believe that the Bible is in error regarding how to find one’s way into a right relationship with this same God. They do not believe there is a Holy Spirit to lead the way to a much-needed Savior. We know of no believers within this Muslim community, so pray that this will be the decade where the Holy Spirit penetrates their hearts and heads in a big way!


What Are Their Needs?

The Kumhiar people need peace in their land so they can provide education for their children and have the opportunities to thrive economically and spiritually.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Kumhiar (Muslim traditions) in India.

Pray for the Lord’s lovingkindness to reach the Kumhiar people in such a way that they will understand and embrace it.
Pray for new opportunities to take Christ to Jammu and Kashmir to come about this decade.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Draw the Kumhiar people to the only one who can save them from their sins and give them joyful lives of righteousness.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17321/PK
https://www.peoplegroups.org/explore/GroupDetails.aspx?peid=41705


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Kumhiar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Kumhiar (Muslim traditions)
Natural Pronunciation KOOM-ee-ar
World Population 55,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gumar; Kumahar; कुम्हियर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17321
ROP3 Code 112701
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 on file 2
Largest States
Jammu and Kashmir
8,300
Ladakh
30
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 2
  Jammu and Kashmir 8,300
  Ladakh 30
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Kashmiri (6,000 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Dogri
1,500
Bhadrawahi
500
Urdu
400
Chambeali
40
Zangskari
30
Primary Language Kashmiri (6,000 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Dogri 1,500
  Bhadrawahi 500
  Urdu 400
  Chambeali 40
  Zangskari 30
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 Anonymous 
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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