Hajam in Pakistan


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

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Niaria 139,000

Introduction / History

The Hajams or Hajjams are also known as the Nai Muslims or Turuk Navid in India. There is a long-standing tradition of the Hajam being hair-cutters, barbers and manicurist. The Hajams are found in nearly every part of India and most of Pakistan. In Nepal they can be found in almost any part of the Terai region.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Hajam remains a respected caste of hair-cutters (hajamat). In some areas the Hajams are the owners of barber shops and salons. In the Muslim community they can often be an active part of the community as hair-trimming for major family events like weddings and funerals can involve them. Even minor ritual surgeries like circumcision can be conducted by some Hajam. In some communities they can also be match-makers and some women assist with childbirth. Though they are Sunni Muslims, married women will often be distinguished by a nose-stud and the "bindi" dot on the forehead. They are not vegetarian and will eat beef with their rice, wheat or maize. In Nepal they speak Nepali as well as Bhojpuri, Urdu as well as Maithili.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a little to no ministry among the Hajams although they are a fairly large Muslim group in Nepal. Even though their community can be slow to adopt new medicine and technology this group remains a strategic people to reach with the Gospel as they have far-reaching connection into the Muslim community socially.


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Hajam in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-07-30
People Name General Hajam
People Name in Country Hajam
Pronunciation hah-ZHAM
Population this Country 2,269,000
Population all Countries 5,228,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 45
Alternate Names Amrewal; Awadhi; Awadhia; Awari; Bahti; Banbiro; Banvaru; Bhandari; Chabang; Chirath; Dhanwal; Didhia; Ghaijo; Hajjam; Hazam; Jadowal; Jallan; Jarrah; Juvwa; Kaila; Kaith; Kalseru Navaliga; Kanaujia; Karagar; Kelasi; Kelasi Mhali; Khabas; Khalasi; Khalifa; Khalipha; Khurakar; Kshaurak; Mangala; Matkos; Matwal; Mundu; Musalman; Muslim Nai; Nabhik; Nadig; Nai; Nai Muslim; Naia; Napit; Narasundar; Nava; Navaliga; Navid; Nawid; Nayeebrahman; Nayinda; Nhavi; Niaria; Ossan; Ossatha; Osta; Panwari; Paramanik; Punwari; Raja; Rajaji; Sanmukh; Shil; Ustadji; Valand; Valand Nadig; Varik; Vavdichaksi; Wadhi; Wadhio; हजम
People ID 19655
ROP3 Code 112187
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 7
Largest States
Punjab
1,711,000
Sindh
239,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
183,000
Azad Kashmir
41,000
Islamabad
32,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
1,500
Balochistan
800
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 7
  Punjab 1,711,000
  Sindh 239,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 183,000
  Azad Kashmir 41,000
  Islamabad 32,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 1,500
  Balochistan 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (960,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Saraiki
705,000
Urdu
173,000
Sindhi
152,000
Hindko, Northern
94,000
Pahari-Potwari
78,000
Hindko, Southern
64,000
Marwari
38,000
Pashto, Northern
20,000
Pashto, Central
8,500
Dhatki
6,200
Bagri
4,400
Kacchi
1,000
Kashmiri
900
Balti
300
Shina, Kohistani
200
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (960,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Saraiki 705,000
  Urdu 173,000
  Sindhi 152,000
  Hindko, Northern 94,000
  Pahari-Potwari 78,000
  Hindko, Southern 64,000
  Marwari 38,000
  Pashto, Northern 20,000
  Pashto, Central 8,500
  Dhatki 6,200
  Bagri 4,400
  Kacchi 1,000
  Kashmiri 900
  Balti 300
  Shina, Kohistani 200
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
General Zume Resources
General Zume Training
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
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.
Photo Source Steve Evans - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more