Urdu in Singapore

Main Language
Largest Religion
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, a few Urdu-speaking Muslims have emigrated to Singapore where there are far more economic opportunities than there are in Pakistan.

Where Are they Located?

Singapore is a small nation state.

What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of the Urdu speaking Pakistanis in Singapore are engineers, students, or businessmen. The students usually attend the National University of Singapore.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Urdu speakers are almost always Sunni Muslims.

What Are Their Needs?

The Urdu speakers who have migrated to Singapore are among the wealthy and elite in Pakistan and India. It is way too easy for these kinds of people to think that they have everything they need, even though they are spiritually destitute.

Prayer Points

* Pray that God will give the Urdu speakers in Singapore dreams and visions showing that Jesus Christ is the way to salvation and lead them as to what to do next.
* Pray for the Lord to raise up persons of peace among the Urdu speakers who will welcome those who bring the good news to their community in Singapore.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Urdu to begin in Singapore that will affect Pakistan.


Profiles by Keith Carey of Global Prayer Digest

Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Urdu
People Name in Country Urdu
Population in Singapore 3,400
World Population 1,775,700
Total Countries 23
Indigenous No
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1 to 2
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Hindi, Islami, Muhajirs, Undri
People ID 15727
ROP3 Code 110423
Country Singapore
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Singapore
Region Southeast Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Primary Language Urdu (3,400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (3,400 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 *
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
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
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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