Sayyid in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Sayyid or Syed are among the largest of Muslim communities of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. They are said to trace their lineage directly back to the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad himself, Syed-un-Nisa Fatima Zehra. The Sayyid in South Asia came to India by sea over 600 years ago. Today they number over 13 million with over 60,000 in Nepal.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sayyid occupy the highest of social class among Muslims. They are traditionally the priests and religious teachers of the Muslim communities. More recently they can be found in a host of government service, teaching and business occupations. They marry mainly among their own clans and other Ashraf category Muslims. The Sayyid speak many languages in Nepal but the largest are Maithili, Nepali, Urdu and Bhojpuri. The Sayyid can be found in both major sect divisions of the Shia and the Sunni. Because of their position as religious teachers and priests they are considered 100% Muslim in each of the countries where their live.

What Are Their Needs?

Because of the shear religious and political weight that the Sayyid carry in their respective communities, a transformed Sayyid leader for Christ could have influence like that of "Paul" in his day. Whole districts could be converted to be followers of Isa if Sayyid leaders came to know and trust the Truth. Pray for dreams and visions among these people during this month.

Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Sayyid
People Name in Country Sayyid
Population in Pakistan 6,486,000
World Population 14,970,000
Countries 4
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Barwar, Dayarewale, Ghair-e-mehdi, Mahadavia, Mashaikh, Mehdiwale, Mulla, Mushaik, Mushaq, Nadim Guruvulu, Pirzada, Saiyed, Saiyid, Sayad, Sayd, Sayyad, Syed
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Sayyid
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 18045
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)
Sindh (3,513,000) Punjab (2,060,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (497,000) Balochistan (193,000)
Azad Kashmir (174,000) Islamabad (33,000) Federally Administer (14,000) Gilgit-Baltistan (1,200)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (3,513,000) Punjab (2,060,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (497,000) Balochistan (193,000)
Azad Kashmir (174,000) Islamabad (33,000)
Federally Administer (14,000) Gilgit-Baltistan (1,200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  27  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (2,027,000) Sindhi (1,779,000) Urdu (1,485,000) Saraiki (365,000)
Pashto, Northern (104,000) Hindko, Northern (95,000) Pashto, Southern (55,000) Pashto, Central (41,000)
Hindko, Southern (40,000) Shina (28,000) Dhatki (16,000) Balochi, Eastern (14,000)
Bagri (13,000) Shina, Kohistani (12,000) Waneci (9,700) Koli, Parkari (8,500)
Kashmiri (6,700) Brahui (3,200) Gurgula (1,800) Koli, Wadiyara (700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 2,027,000 Sindhi 1,779,000
Urdu 1,485,000 Saraiki 365,000
Pashto, Northern 104,000 Hindko, Northern 95,000
Pashto, Southern 55,000 Pashto, Central 41,000
Hindko, Southern 40,000 Shina 28,000
Dhatki 16,000 Balochi, Eastern 14,000
Bagri 13,000 Shina, Kohistani 12,000
Waneci 9,700 Koli, Parkari 8,500
Kashmiri 6,700 Brahui 3,200
Gurgula 1,800 Koli, Wadiyara 700
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 %)
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: Anonymous  
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