Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
372,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

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 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.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

People Name General Darzi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 372,000
World Population 1,432,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Progress Scale 1
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 South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Largest States
Punjab (264,000) Sindh (67,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (15,000)
Islamabad (14,000) Azad Kashmir (12,000) Balochistan (200)
Federally Administer (90)
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 6  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Punjab (264,000) Sindh (67,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (15,000) Islamabad (14,000)
Azad Kashmir (12,000) Balochistan (200)
Federally Administer (90)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (237,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 13
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (64,000) Sindhi (26,000) Saraiki (17,000)
Hindko, Northern (4,300) Hindko, Southern (2,300) Bagri (1,300)
Kashmiri (600) Shina, Kohistani (500) Marwari (500)
Koli, Wadiyara (400) Kacchi (200) Waneci (30)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (237,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 13
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (64,000) Sindhi (26,000)
Saraiki (17,000) Hindko, Northern (4,300)
Hindko, Southern (2,300) Bagri (1,300)
Kashmiri (600) Shina, Kohistani (500)
Marwari (500) Koli, Wadiyara (400)
Kacchi (200) Waneci (30)
Primary Language: Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
 
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video House of Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Isudas   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Anonymous  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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