Dharhi (Muslim traditions) in India

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Introduction / History

The Muslim Dharhi were traditionally singers and musicians by trade. They play music at significant family events and on Muslim holidays. The Dharhi often receive their money by donations so some people see them as beggars. The word Dharhi comes from a Sanskrit word meaning, "showing no respect."

Today, most Dharhi work as landless farm laborers. They live in multi-caste villages. Other Dharhi work in government service and in small businesses.

The primary language of the Dharhi is Urdu. They also speak other regional Indian languages.

Where Are they Located?

Most Dharhi live in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A small group of Muslim Dharhi lives in the nation of Pakistan.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Dharhi are endogamous, that is they marry within their caste and clan. Monogamy or marriage to one wife is the general rule but marrying more than one wife is not illegal. Families arrange their marriages. Sons inherit their father's property. The eldest son becomes responsible for his mother and siblings.

The Dharhi eat meat except for pork. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils and vegetables.

The villages where the Dharhi live are frequently without modern conveniences like electricity, indoor plumbing and access to clean water.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Dharhi are Sunni Muslims, the largest branch of Islam. They strive to follow the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that they will receive salvation through obeying the Five Pillars of Islam. These obligations include praying five times a day towards Mecca, giving to the poor and fasting during the month of Ramadan. Most Dharhi attend their local mosque on Friday where they pray and receive instruction.

The two main holidays that the Dharhi celebrate are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the festival that remembers Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What Are Their Needs?

The Dharhi need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they are able to understand. They need to see the love and grace of Jesus lived out in the practical way before them by Christians. They need help in educating their children and in learning job skills so they can escape their poverty.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Dharhi (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray that the Lord would open the hearts to the Dharhi to receive the good news about Christ.
* Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Dharhi families into a rich experience of God's blessings.
* Pray that God brings many Dharhi to Himself and Bible-believing churches are planted among them.



Profile Source:   David Kugel  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2017-08-10
People Name General Dharhi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Dharhi (Muslim traditions)
World Population 41,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Darrhi, Dhar, Dhari, Kigiria, Kingariya, Kingharia, Kingiriha, Kingriha, Panwaria, Pawaria, धरही (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 16703
ROP3 Code 111934
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Uttar Pradesh 35,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 70
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (31,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Primary Language Urdu (31,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 3,700
  Awadhi 200
  Dogri 50
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
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
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 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 God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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 %
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.

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