Darzi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* 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 429,000
Population all Countries 1,678,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 9
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 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Punjab
280,000
Sindh
84,000
Islamabad
27,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
15,000
Azad Kashmir
11,000
Balochistan
400
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Punjab 280,000
  Sindh 84,000
  Islamabad 27,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 15,000
  Azad Kashmir 11,000
  Balochistan 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (186,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
77,000
Sindhi
51,000
Urdu
43,000
Pahari-Potwari
38,000
Hindko, Southern
16,000
Hindko, Northern
11,000
Marwari
4,900
Dhatki
2,000
Pashto, Northern
1,600
Pashto, Central
1,600
Kacchi
700
Bagri
700
Kashmiri
300
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (186,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 77,000
  Sindhi 51,000
  Urdu 43,000
  Pahari-Potwari 38,000
  Hindko, Southern 16,000
  Hindko, Northern 11,000
  Marwari 4,900
  Dhatki 2,000
  Pashto, Northern 1,600
  Pashto, Central 1,600
  Kacchi 700
  Bagri 700
  Kashmiri 300
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2021)
Bible-Complete No
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Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Return Create International
Film / Video The Return Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
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)
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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