Qazi in India


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Introduction / History

The Qazi community derive their name from the term qadi which means "judge." They have a tradition of being the religious leaders or imams among the Muslim groups. The majority of the Qazi live in Bihar, India but a good number in Nepal live in the Maithili speaking areas of Narayari and Janakpur zones.


Where Are they Located?

They live primarily in Bihar, Gujarat and Rajasthan. In the latter they live mainly in Sikar, Churu and Junjunu. A number also live in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Qazi are skilled in art of Islamic religious rites and tend to perform the traditional ceremonies for the greater Muslim community. They perform the birth, purification, marriage, death and burial rites. The Qazi are Muslims of the Hanafi tradition and virtually 100% Muslim in India, Nepal and Bangladesh. In India Urdu is the mother tongue of the over 450,000 Qazi and they can speak other local languages in their context. In Nepal the Qazi primarily speak Maithili. They enjoy a higher than average social status because of the general and religious education.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Qazi are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi tradition. They faithfully follow the Muslim practice of praying five times a day. They also fast during the month of Ramadan as do most Muslims. Some also celebrate Hindu festivals and traditions as well as participating in animistic rituals.


What Are Their Needs?

There is a need for education. There is also a lack of employment among them.

The Qazi are a very strategic community to bring to faith in Christ as they would be natural spiritual leaders as followers of Isa. Terrific influence among many Muslim groups could be made if a Qazi man were able to remain in the community and be a Christian Qazi leader. With Christ all things are possible!


Prayer Points

Scripture Prayers for the Qazi in India.


References

Singh, K. S., ed. "India's Communities A-Z", Oxford University Press, USA 1999


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Qazi
People Name in Country Qazi
Pronunciation KAH-zee
Alternate Names Kazi; क़ाज़ी
Population this Country 870,000
Population all Countries 910,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 17
People ID 17125
ROP3 Code 112472
ROP25 Code 306867
ROP25 Name Qazi
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Bihar
592,000
West Bengal
111,000
Uttar Pradesh
99,000
Delhi
52,000
Gujarat
6,100
Madhya Pradesh
1,900
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Bihar 592,000
  West Bengal 111,000
  Uttar Pradesh 99,000
  Delhi 52,000
  Gujarat 6,100
  Madhya Pradesh 1,900
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Urdu (467,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
139,000
Bengali
95,000
Maithili
14,000
Gujarati
4,800
Punjabi, Eastern
2,400
Magahi
1,800
Awadhi
1,400
Marwari (India)
900
Dhundari
600
Bundeli
400
Kanauji
300
Braj Bhasha
80
Angika
80
Primary Language Urdu (467,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 139,000
  Bengali 95,000
  Maithili 14,000
  Gujarati 4,800
  Punjabi, Eastern 2,400
  Magahi 1,800
  Awadhi 1,400
  Marwari (India) 900
  Dhundari 600
  Bundeli 400
  Kanauji 300
  Braj Bhasha 80
  Angika 80
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)
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Photo Source South Asia People Groups 
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