Chhipa (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Chhipa claim that they were once Rajputs who were imprisoned by Taimur (a Turco-Mongol conqueror from the 1300s) and they escaped and became known as "Chhipa" Rajputs, after the Hindi word for hidden. Others say the word "Chhipa" is connected with a Hindi word for "to print."
The word "rangrez" means a dyer in the Persian language, and the community has been connected with this occupation, while others were tailors and washermen. They have three subdivisions: the Lalgarh, Nilgarh, and Chhipi. Chhipi are placed in the lowest position, because they dyed and printed clothes whereas the Lalgarh and Nilgarh generally prepare color from indigo.
Though most live in India, many Rangrez people, including members of the Chhipa subgroup, have immigrated to Pakistan. Today members of the Chhipa community live scattered throughout central India and in Pakistan's Sindh Province.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today the Chhipa people are either involved with their traditional work of printing on cloth while others are either small businessmen or farmers.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Chhipa people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.
The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.
Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.
They also visit the shrines of various Sufi saints in hopes of gaining favor from those whom they believe are close enough to Allah to answer their prayers.


What Are Their Needs?

The Chhipa people who work as cloth printers need new markets for their products. Perhaps people of faith can be used of God to help them find new markets outside of Pakistan.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Holy Spirit to work mightily in their communities, blessing them in every way.
Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Chhipa people a love for God's word and a desire to spread its influence.
Pray for signs and wonders among them and for great breakthroughs with a rapid multiplication of disciples and house churches.
Pray for bold workers who are driven by the love of the Holy Spirit to go to them.
Pray for an unstoppable movement to Christ among them.


Scripture Prayers for the Chhipa (Muslim traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Chhipa (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Chhipa (Muslim traditions)
Alternate Names Bhavsar; Chhipigar; च्चिपा (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 99,000
Population all Countries 105,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
People ID 17504
ROP3 Code 112920
ROP25 Code 301804
ROP25 Name Chippa / Chippi
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
Uttar Pradesh
59,000
Madhya Pradesh
26,000
Gujarat
9,400
Bihar
3,700
Uttarakhand
90
Dadra and Nagar Have
40
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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
  Uttar Pradesh 59,000
  Madhya Pradesh 26,000
  Gujarat 9,400
  Bihar 3,700
  Uttarakhand 90
  Dadra and Nagar Have 40
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 (73,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Gujarati
7,100
Bhojpuri
900
Malvi
600
Bundeli
500
Awadhi
80
Chhattisgarhi
50
Primary Language Urdu (73,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Gujarati 7,100
  Bhojpuri 900
  Malvi 600
  Bundeli 500
  Awadhi 80
  Chhattisgarhi 50
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

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Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2022)
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