Urdu in New Zealand


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Introduction / History

Urdu is a major language, closely related to Hindi. In fact, it is a Persian-ized version of Hindi, widely spoken in northern India and Pakistan. One can also call those who speak Urdu the Urdu people.

The Urdu belong to the Indo-Aryan people who originated near Delhi, India. Aryan tribes entered India about 1500 BC mixing with Mongolians, Greeks and Huns. This caused the Indian features to become gradually more Caucasian and their language more diverse. Muslim influence promoted the linguistic change out of which the Urdu language eventually developed.


Where Are they Located?

Though the vast majority of Urdu speakers live either in northern India or Pakistan, they have a diaspora which covers many countries including New Zealand. Those in New Zealand tend towards urban centers, especially Auckland.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Many Urdu speakers have made a good life for themselves in New Zealand. Some are cricket players, and others hold professional jobs. Most have more ordinary jobs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Urdu are Sunni Muslims, the religion of their heritage and their culture.


What Are Their Needs?

Urdu speakers in New Zealand need someone to step out in faith and tell them the truth about Jesus Christ in a loving way.


Prayer Points

Pray that believers will reach out to the Urdu people in New Zealand with the gospel.
Pray for spiritual hunger among the Urdu people in New Zealand that will give them the willingness to seek and find Jesus Christ no matter how much it costs them in their community.
Pray for a Disciple-Making movement among Urdu speakers in New Zealand.


Scripture Prayers for the Urdu in New Zealand.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15727/BA
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/15727/CA
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pakistani_New_Zealanders
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Urdu


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Urdu
People Name in Country Urdu
Pronunciation OOR-doo
Population this Country 7,700
Population all Countries 2,123,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Hindi; Islami; Muhajirs; Undri
People ID 15727
ROP3 Code 110423
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country New Zealand
Region Australia and Pacific
Continent Oceania
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Urdu (7,700 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Urdu (7,700 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  (1843-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
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 (Representative photo)
Muzaffar Somro - Pixabay  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more