Dhobi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


Population
1,163,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

The Dhobi are a large collective community of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Nepal. They derive their name from the Sanskrit term dahv which means 'wash'. The Dhobi are traditionally the clothes washers. They are a schedule caste in many of the states of India, where the majority of the Dhobi live. A majority of the nearly several million Muslim Dhobi live in Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today more than most South Asian communities the Dhobi have maintained their traditional occupation of washing clothes and running laundry services. In north India and Nepal some Muslim Dhobi are involved in government service jobs and agricultural labour. In Nepal most of the Dhobi are considered a depressed caste, but 'touchable'. The Muslim Dhobi of Nepal mainly speak Nepali and Urdu are more numerous in Saptari district.


What Are Their Needs?

Though some small success has come in ministry to the Hindu Dhobi, the Muslim Dhobi have no known work among them in Nepal. In general, the attitude of the Dhobi to education is quite good and literacy in some locations is higher than other Muslim communities. May the Lord use education as a means to bringing many Muslim Dhobi to faith.


Profile Source:   Anonymous  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-30
People Name General Dhobi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Dhobi (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 1,163,000
World Population 2,148,900
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 23
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Agasa, Agasaru, Agheria, Awari, Bana, Baretha, Batham, Bhai, Chakala, Chakali, Chandbar, Charhoya, Chauhan-Bhatti, Chawla, Chhimba, Darhi, Dharhiadu, Dharhiannan, Dharhiannari, Dhob, Dhoba, Dhobi, Dhopa, Dhopi, Dhupi, Hawari, Jada, Khurdanai, Madiwal, Madiyal, Madvali, Madwai, Modiyal, Monson, Pak, Parit, Prasad Dhobi, Qasab, Raipal, Rajak, Rajaka, Rajpar, Rajukula, Ram Dhobi, Ramdu, Sakala, SakalaDarhi, Shaheri, Sukladas, Tanwar, Togata, Tsakala, Turaka Chakali, Turka Chakla, Turka Sakala, Vannan, Warathi, Watts, धोबी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17519
ROP3 Code 112937
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Punjab
(964,000)
Sindh
(115,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
(76,000)
Azad Kashmir
(4,700)
Islamabad
(2,900)
Federally Administer
(500)
Balochistan
(300)
Gilgit-Baltistan
(60)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 4  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Punjab (964,000)
  Sindh (115,000)
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (76,000)
  Azad Kashmir (4,700)
  Islamabad (2,900)
  Federally Administer (500)
  Balochistan (300)
  Gilgit-Baltistan (60)
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (779,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
Urdu
(113,000)
Saraiki
(111,000)
Sindhi
(42,000)
Hindko, Northern
(24,000)
Hindko, Southern
(8,800)
Marwari
(5,300)
Bagri
(4,500)
Shina, Kohistani
(1,600)
Kacchi
(1,500)
Koli, Wadiyara
(900)
Kashmiri
(400)
Koli, Parkari
(70)
Waneci
(30)
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (779,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 14
Secondary Languages
  Urdu (113,000)
  Saraiki (111,000)
  Sindhi (42,000)
  Hindko, Northern (24,000)
  Hindko, Southern (8,800)
  Marwari (5,300)
  Bagri (4,500)
  Shina, Kohistani (1,600)
  Kacchi (1,500)
  Koli, Wadiyara (900)
  Kashmiri (400)
  Koli, Parkari (70)
  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 No
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 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 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 Galen Frysinger 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Anonymous  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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