Urdu in Belgium


Population
9,500
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The term "Urdu" does not adequately describe the Urdu people as such, but is merely a language distinction. Urdu, now the official language of Pakistan, is an Indo-Iranian language that developed from the Hindi language. It is heavily laden with Persian and Arabic words and is written in the Persian script. Urdu-speaking Muslims are not an ethnic group in the strictest sense, but are rather a collection of ethnic groups who have been widely dispersed geographically. They possess a sense of "group identity" based on cultural and historical factors.

A majority of the Urdu speakers originate in Pakistan and the northern states of India. However, in recent years, many Urdu-speaking Muslims have emigrated to European countries like Belgium, searching for economic opportunities. Urdu speaking skilled laborers and highly educated professionals have emigrated to Western Europe.


Where Are they Located?

Many Muslim minorities like the Urdu live in Verviers, a city in Belgium.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though many come to Europe with a good educational background, Urdu speaking Pakistanis have a high unemployment rate. They are often looked upon with suspicion by the Belgian majority. These factors together have made them ripe to join militant Islamicists who wage war in the Middle East and commit terrorist attacks in Europe.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Although the Urdu speakers are all Muslims, this is no longer a unifying factor. There are intense differences among the various Muslim sects; the Hanafites, Shafiites, and Ithna-Asharis. Since entire communities tended to migrate together, different Islamic sects are found in different countries. Islam is central to their identity even if they do not practice it.


What Are Their Needs?

Very few mission agencies are focusing on the Urdu speaking communities. There needs to be greater efforts to effectively reach Urdu speakers with the gospel in Europe where there is freedom of religion.

Assuming all Europeans are "Christian," Urdu speakers equate sexual immorality and the like with "Christianity." They need to see true Christianity lived out to understand that it has something valid for anyone who wants to live a holy life.


Prayer Points

* Pray that there will be concentrated efforts to reach Pakistanis and other Muslims in Belgium in the near future.
* Pray that Urdu speakers living in Belgium would know the love and kindness of God through the actions of Christian neighbors.
* Pray for Pakistanis in Belgium to begin a church planting movement.


References

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RwRhANOZWgw
https://www.facebook.com/pakistanBelgium/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Islam_in_Belgium
http://www.thenational.ae/world/europe/social-exclusion-leaves-belgium-ripe-for-extremism


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-04-23
People Name General Urdu
People Name in Country Urdu
Population in Belgium 9,500
World Population 1,775,700
Total Countries 23
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Alternate Names Hindi, Islami, Muhajirs, Undri
People ID 15727
ROP3 Code 110423
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Belgium
Region Western Europe
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Urdu (9,500 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (9,500 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
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 A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
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 Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source COMIBAM / Sepal 
Map Source Bethany World Prayer Center  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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