Bafinda in India

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People Name: Bafinda
Country: India
10/40 Window: Yes
Population: 16,000
World Population: 117,000
Primary Language: Dogri
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.00 %
Evangelicals: 0.00 %
Scripture: New Testament
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
Progress Level:


The name Bafinda, or Bafand, is derived from the Persian word baften, meaning cotton dresser. When cotton cultivation stopped in Jammu and Kashmir with the advent of foreign-made fabrics, they largely shifted to carpet weaving but now are engaged in many vocations. They generally marry only within their own community. Tonsure (cutting some hair on the scalp as a sign of religious devotion or humility) has been reported among the Bafinda. They follow the Islamic law of inheritance.

Ministry Obstacles

Jammu and Kashmir, the home of the Bafinda people, is an area of consistent tension between Muslims and Hindus, between Pakistan and India. A certain amount of danger may be encountered when doing Christian ministry in this region.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for Gospel radio to be widely availlable throughout Jammu and Kashmir, in Urdu and other languages of this area.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Muslim Bafinda people have reported themselves as Christians to the census of India or Pakistan. Please pray for any secret believers there may be.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray for peace throughout Jammu (largely Hindu) and Kashmir (largely Muslim).

Text Source:   Joshua Project