Mirasi, Muslim in India






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Introduction / History

The Mirasi are a caste living in the north of India. There are Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims amongst them. They are also called the Pakhwaji because of them playing the timbrel. The word Mirasi comes from the Arabic word Miras which means inheritance.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Mirasi of North India entertain at fairs in rural Punjab. Many are now laborers. Some have migrated to nearby states.

The Mirasi in Uttarh Pradesh are in regions such as Meerut. They have a Caste Council who judge in disputes and see that the people behave as they should. They are Sunni Muslims but some worship Hindu deities and Sikh gurus. They speak Urdu and Hindi.

The Mirasi of Bihar have become farmers. Some sing songs at weddings. Many are Shia Muslims. They live in Bhagalpur and other regions of the state. They speak Magadhi and in Urdu.

The Mirasi of Rajasthan live in Bikaner and other regions. A lot of them are farming tenants now. They speak a form of Rajasthani.

The Mirasi in Haryana live in Mewat among other regions. Most work as laborers. They are regarded as being of lower status and suffer exclusion. They are endogamous, which means they do not marry outside their group. They speak in Haryanvi and Urdu.

In Delhi the Mirasi are musicians. They are Muslims. Many have small businesses such as vegetable selling.

In the Indian Punjab, the Mirasi are Hindus, Sikhs and Muslims. They speak in Punjabi and Urdu and are genealogists.

There are many sub groups among the Mirasi.

In the Pakistan Punjab, the Mirasi speak in Punjabi and Urdu. They are entertainers. Many are Muslims. They are in most places in the Punjab. Many are farm workers. Some are sales people. The well-educated are in government and military work also.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Mirasi are given dreams and visions leading them to Jesus Christ.
* Pray that materials like the Jesus film lead them to Salvation too.



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Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-24
People Name General Mirasi, Muslim
People Name in Country Mirasi, Muslim
Population in India 38,000
World Population 1,821,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Bhand, Charan, Dhadhi, Dom, Dum, Langah, Mir, Mira, Miralm, Mir-Alm, Miriasi, Miriasin, Nagarchi, Pakhwadji, Pakhwaji, Shaikh, Sheikh, Tasbirdar
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Mirasi, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17622
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 21  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (16,000) Punjab (11,000) Jammu and Kashmir (3,300) Gujarat (2,800)
Bihar (2,300) Madhya Pradesh (2,000) Himachal Pradesh (1,800) Delhi (300)
Chandigarh (100)
Total States on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Haryana (16,000) Punjab (11,000)
Jammu and Kashmir (3,300) Gujarat (2,800)
Bihar (2,300) Madhya Pradesh (2,000)
Himachal Pradesh (1,800) Delhi (300)
Chandigarh (100)
Languages & Dialects on file:  17  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (21,000) Panjabi, Eastern (11,000) Dogri (2,300) Gujarati (2,100)
Kashmiri (600) Marwari (400) Magahi (300) Haryanvi (300)
Kangri (300) Bhojpuri (200) Bhattiyali (100) Bagri (100)
Mandeali (100) Bilaspuri (70) Chambeali (60) Kachchi (60)
Bhadrawahi (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 21,000 Panjabi, Eastern 11,000
Dogri 2,300 Gujarati 2,100
Kashmiri 600 Marwari 400
Magahi 300 Haryanvi 300
Kangri 300 Bhojpuri 200
Bhattiyali 100 Bagri 100
Mandeali 100 Bilaspuri 70
Chambeali 60 Kachchi 60
Bhadrawahi 50

For Main Lanugage: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Bible stories
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video Urdu Language Film
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
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 %
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Anonymous  
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