Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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 decendents 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.


What Are Their Lives Like?

A majority of the Darzi Muslim people live in the central Terai region of Nepal and speak Nepali and Urdu. They often occupy a middle ground 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 descendents of the prophet Idris. This prophet corresponds to Enoch of the Old Testament.


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. Pray that the church can love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs as a means to sharing the gospel among them.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Darzi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation DAR-zee
Population this Country 354,000
Population all Countries 1,397,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
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)
People ID 17513
ROP3 Code 112930
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Punjab
237,000
Sindh
71,000
Islamabad
23,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
13,000
Azad Kashmir
9,300
Balochistan
300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Punjab 237,000
  Sindh 71,000
  Islamabad 23,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 13,000
  Azad Kashmir 9,300
  Balochistan 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (236,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Urdu
73,000
Sindhi
51,000
Saraiki
39,000
Pahari-Potwari
10,000
Hindko, Northern
8,800
Hindko, Southern
7,800
Marwari
3,200
Dhatki
2,000
Pashto, Northern
1,600
Kacchi
700
Bagri
500
Kashmiri
300
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (236,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 73,000
  Sindhi 51,000
  Saraiki 39,000
  Pahari-Potwari 10,000
  Hindko, Northern 8,800
  Hindko, Southern 7,800
  Marwari 3,200
  Dhatki 2,000
  Pashto, Northern 1,600
  Kacchi 700
  Bagri 500
  Kashmiri 300
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2021  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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