Rangrez, Muslim traditions in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



The word 'rangrez' means a dyer in the Persian language, and the community has been connected with this occupation, while others were tailors and washermen. They have three subdivisions: the Lalgarh, Nilgarh, and Chhipi. Chhipi are placed in the lowest position, because they dyed and printed clothes; whereas the Lalgarh and Nilgarh generally prepare color from indigo. They are a Sunni Muslim community. They also visit the shrines of various Sufi saints found in North India, such as Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti. The Rangrez now have Other Backward caste status in most states of North India. There are a number of Rangrez caste associations. Quite a few Rangrez have immigrated to Pakistan.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition may be the strongest barrier to the Gospel in Pakistan.

Outreach Ideas

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Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Rangrez have identified themselves as Christians to the census, not in Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, or Nepal. There may be a few secret believers, and these people need prayer support. Pray they will find each other for mutual encouragement and instruction.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Rangrez community will be increasingly drawn to the man Isa (Jesus) as the Koran is read in the mosque. Pray the Lord will open their minds and hearts to understand and believe that Jesus is deity, the son of God, and that he died for our sins.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-26
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People Name General Rangrez, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Rangrez, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 66,000
World Population 375,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Chhipa, Chippa, Chunrigar, Lilgar, Nilgar, Nilgara, Ragarijuz, Ramjani, Rangari, Rangirigi, Rangraz, Rangrej, Rangsaz, Sabbagh
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (27,000) Punjab (20,000) Sindh (15,000) Azad Kashmir (3,100)
Federally Administer (300) Islamabad (20)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (27,000) Punjab (20,000)
Sindh (15,000) Azad Kashmir (3,100)
Federally Administer (300) Islamabad (20)
Languages & Dialects on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (36,000) Urdu (12,000) Saraiki (5,400) Sindhi (5,300)
Hindko, Southern (3,800) Kashmiri (100) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 36,000 Urdu 12,000
Saraiki 5,400 Sindhi 5,300
Hindko, Southern 3,800 Kashmiri 100
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
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  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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