Gujar (Muslim traditions) in Afghanistan


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Introduction / History

The Gujar are comprised of three very closely related people groups that are collectively known as the "Gujar Rajasthani." As various Muslim groups began invading India and Pakistan in the eleventh century, the Gujar Hindus converted to Islam. When this happened, their resentful Hindu neighbors began to rise up and take control of the area. The Gujar were forced to leave the region and search for good pastures elsewhere. Their wanderings took them into Pakistan and Afghanistan, where thousands have remained until this day.


They are located in Afghanistan, Pakistan, and several states in northeastern India (Himachal, Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, and Rajasthan). In addition, the Gujarat state of western India is named after the historic Gujar peoples.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Some Gujar in India are seasonal nomads or semi-nomadic. Others live and work in towns. The few who live in forests are not integrated into Indian society.


They are a simple, inoffensive people with a hospitable nature. Today, most of the Gujar living in India live as law-abiding shepherds and farmers. Unfortunately, they are still belittled by those of higher castes (social classes), and often labeled as thieves and vagrants. The middlemen who take their agricultural products to the city markets and sell them as their own often cheat Gujar nomads who live in Jammu and Kashmir.


The Gujar are divided into hundreds of clans. Their societies are patrilineal, so they pass inheritances down through the males. The parents usually arrange marriages, and the groom’s family must provide a bride price of either cash or livestock. They may marry outside their clans, and young couples live near the groom's parents. Most live in extended families under a community council.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Centuries past, they were all Hindus. A Muslim invasion in the 11th century forced many to convert to Islam. Those in Afghanistan are all Sunni Muslim. They believe in the tenets of Islam and seek to obey the teachings of the Koran, as given by Mohammed. Few are familiar with more than a surface level Muslim theology. For this reason, they depend on amulets and the intercession of Muslim saints for their daily needs. Allah is too distant to help them.


What Are Their Needs?

The governments of the countries where they live can be hostile to any form of proselytizing. Government restrictions apply. Since they are close by, there are more problems from family members than from the government.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Gujar (Muslim traditions) in Afghanistan.

Pray that God will send culturally sensitive missionaries who will show them the way to the cross.


Pray for a Christ-ward movement to flourish among this people group in the 2020s.


Pray for the Gujar people in Afghanistan to be blessed with peace, joy and spiritual prosperity as they follow Jesus Christ.


Pray for their leaders to have dreams and visions that will open their hearts to Jesus Christ and his ambassadors.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-11-14
People Name General Gujar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Gujar (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation GOO-jar
Population this Country 19,000
Population all Countries 5,433,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Gujar; Gurjar; गुजर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17549
ROP3 Code 112971
Country Afghanistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 1  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Scattered. Nomadic, traveling in summer in eastern valleys.   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Country Afghanistan
Region Asia, Central
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 1  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Location in Country Scattered. Nomadic, traveling in summer in eastern valleys..   Source:  Ethnologue 2016
Primary Language Gujari (19,000 speakers)
Language Code gju   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Western Gujari
Dialect Code 10404   Global Recordings Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Gujari (19,000 speakers)
Language Code gju   Ethnologue Listing
Primary Dialect Western Gujari
Dialect Code 10404   Global Recordings Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Gujari

Primary Language:  Gujari

Bible Translation Status:  Unspecified

Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories
General Gospel resources links
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Gujari
Primary Religion: Islam
Religion Subdivision: Sunni
Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.03 %)
0.03 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
99.97 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
0.0 %
Independent
100.0 %
Orthodox
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
Protestant
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2022  Matt Brandon  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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