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.
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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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