Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Nepal


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Introduction / History

The Darzis derived their name from the Persian word 'to sew' or darzan. Sometimes the Darzi are known by the name Darji or Khayyat in India where most of their community live. An Indian legend says that the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them, and they found haven in a temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dyeing cloth. The Darzi are said to be the descendants of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. There are more than 3.5 million Darzis in all and about one third of those are Muslims, the rest are Hindus.
The Muslims among them live in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They occupy a middle ground in terms of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other Muslim tradesmen. The Darzis are not vegetarian but tend to avoid beef. As a community they prefer adult marriages and offer children's inheritance privileges to both sons and daughters. Men will sometimes wear a kurtapyjama and woman a salwar-kameez.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Darzi claim to be descendants of the Muslim prophet Idris. This prophet corresponds to Enoch of the Old Testament. Like other Muslim peoples in South Asia, the Darzi mix Sunni Muslim practices with Hindu ones.


What Are Their Needs?

Because of the Darzi's openness to business and upward social status, this is a great opportunity to offer outside assistance to educational or other development projects.


Prayer Points

Pray that the church can love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs to help them improve their lives.
Pray that God will release a spiritual yearning in the hearts of the Darzi people that only Christ can fill.
Pray that their spirits will be opened to receive the words of life that can lift them into the heights of the Kingdom of God through faith in Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Darzi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation DAR-zee
Alternate Names Chopan; Darji; Darzi; Idrasi; Idrissi; Khayyat; Merais; Nangdev; Pipavasi; Sai Sutar; Sais; Ses; Setch; Shimpi; Simpi; Sise; Sochi; Suis; Thalavadi; दर्ज़ी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 24,000
Population all Countries 1,701,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 17513
ROP3 Code 112930
ROP25 Code 301962
ROP25 Name Darji / Darzi
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 11
Largest States
Lumbini
6,000
Narayani
5,900
Bheri
4,100
Janakpur
2,900
Kosi
1,500
Sagarmatha
1,100
Rapti
500
Mechi
500
Bagmati
400
Gandaki
300
Seti
70
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 11
  Lumbini 6,000
  Narayani 5,900
  Bheri 4,100
  Janakpur 2,900
  Kosi 1,500
  Sagarmatha 1,100
  Rapti 500
  Mechi 500
  Bagmati 400
  Gandaki 300
  Seti 70
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 Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Urdu (11,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
4,800
Maithili
2,900
Nepali
400
Awadhi
400
Primary Language Urdu (11,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 4,800
  Maithili 2,900
  Nepali 400
  Awadhi 400
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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