Gadaria (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction / History

The Gadaria are largely shepherds and blanket-weavers. They are mainly engaged as laborers in masonry work, while some are involved in animal husbandry.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Women participate in the rearing of cattle and in the processing of wool. Property is divided equally among sons only; succession is by the eldest son.


What Are Their Beliefs?

In Pakistan the Gadaria 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 that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.
In most of the Muslim world, 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 we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

Their literacy rate is low. This limits them economically. With adequate education, they could participate in the more lucrative careers.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Christian disciples who will soon come to faith within the Gadaria community, that they live holy lives, zealous to know and serve the Lord.
Ask God to deliver families and communities within the Gadaria people from fears that hinder them from embracing His blessings.
Pray for them to have adequate health care, be able to find honorable employment, and have good schools available for their children.


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


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Gadaria (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Gadaria (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation gah-DAH-ree-ah
Population this Country 500
Population all Countries 5,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Charwaha; Gadani; गडरिया (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17536
ROP3 Code 112958
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)
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 1
  Sindh 500
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 (200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
Urdu
200
Primary Language Sindhi (200 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 2
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 200
People Groups Speaking Sindhi
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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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