Dhobi, Muslim traditions in Pakistan






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Introduction / History

The Dhobi are a large collective community of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. They derive their name from the Sanskrit term dahv which means 'wash'. The Dhobi are traditionally the clothes washers. They are a schedule caste in many of the states of India, where the majority of the Dhobi live. A majority of the nearly several million Muslim Dhobi live in Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Today more than most South Asian communities the Dhobi have maintained their traditional occupation of washing clothes and running laundry services. In north India and Nepal some Muslim Dhobi are involved in government service jobs and agricultural labour. In Nepal most of the Dhobi are considered a depressed caste, but 'touchable'. The Muslim Dhobi of Nepal mainly speak Nepali and Urdu are more numerous in Saptari district.

What Are Their Needs?

Though some small success has come in ministry to the Hindu Dhobi, the Muslim Dhobi have no known work among them in Nepal. In general, the attitude of the Dhobi to education is quite good and literacy in some locations is higher than other Muslim communities. May the Lord use education as a means to bringing many Muslim Dhobi to faith.

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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-30
People Name General Dhobi, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Dhobi, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 1,141,000
World Population 2,112,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Agasa, Agasaru, Agheria, Awari, Bana, Baretha, Batham, Bhai, Chakala, Chakali, Chandbar, Charhoya, Chauhan-Bhatti, Chawla, Chhimba, Darhi, Dharhiadu, Dharhiannan, Dharhiannari, Dhob, Dhoba, Dhobi, Dhopa, Dhopi, Dhupi, Hawari, Jada, Khurdanai, Madiwal, Madiyal, Madvali, Madwai, Modiyal, Monson, Pak, Parit, Prasad Dhobi, Qasab, Raipal, Rajak, Rajaka, Rajpar, Rajukula, Ram Dhobi, Ramdu, Sakala, SakalaDarhi, Shaheri, Sukladas, Tanwar, Togata, Tsakala, Turaka Chakali, Turka Chakla, Turka Sakala, Vannan, Warathi, Watts
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Dhobi, Muslim traditions
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17519
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (951,000) Sindh (106,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (75,000) Azad Kashmir (4,700)
Islamabad (2,800) Federally Administer (500) Balochistan (300) Gilgit-Baltistan (60)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (951,000) Sindh (106,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (75,000) Azad Kashmir (4,700)
Islamabad (2,800) Federally Administer (500)
Balochistan (300) Gilgit-Baltistan (60)
Languages & Dialects on file:  14  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (779,000) Urdu (118,000) Saraiki (99,000) Sindhi (43,000)
Hindko, Northern (24,000) Hindko, Southern (8,800) Bagri (4,600) Shina, Kohistani (1,600)
Kachchi (1,300) Koli, Wadiyara (1,000) Kashmiri (400) Koli, Parkari (70)
Waneci (30) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 779,000 Urdu 118,000
Saraiki 99,000 Sindhi 43,000
Hindko, Northern 24,000 Hindko, Southern 8,800
Bagri 4,600 Shina, Kohistani 1,600
Kachchi 1,300 Koli, Wadiyara 1,000
Kashmiri 400 Koli, Parkari 70
Waneci 30 Marwari
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Cartoon Gospel tract Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Audio Recordings
Four Spiritual Laws General
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western Film / Video
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online Scripture / Bible Audio Recordings
Punjabi Bible stories Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Galen Frysinger  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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