Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
379,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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 379,000
World Population 1,409,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
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
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Punjab
265,000
Sindh
72,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
15,000
Islamabad
14,000
Azad Kashmir
12,000
Balochistan
200
Federally Administer
90
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Punjab 265,000
  Sindh 72,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 15,000
  Islamabad 14,000
  Azad Kashmir 12,000
  Balochistan 200
  Federally Administer 90
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (237,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Urdu
65,000
Sindhi
26,000
Saraiki
19,000
Hindko, Northern
4,300
Hindko, Southern
2,300
Bagri
1,200
Kacchi
600
Kashmiri
600
Shina, Kohistani
500
Marwari
500
Koli, Wadiyara
300
Waneci
30
Other People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (237,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 65,000
  Sindhi 26,000
  Saraiki 19,000
  Hindko, Northern 4,300
  Hindko, Southern 2,300
  Bagri 1,200
  Kacchi 600
  Kashmiri 600
  Shina, Kohistani 500
  Marwari 500
  Koli, Wadiyara 300
  Waneci 30
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
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 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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.




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