Qassab in India


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Subgroups: 10

Subgroup Name Population
Bakar 142,000
Gau 13,000
Bakali 4,600
Bada Kasai Unknown
Bare Unknown
Chamadia Khatki Unknown
Chhota Kasai Unknown
Chhote Unknown
Gai Unknown
Halarikhatki Unknown

Introduction / History

The Kasai or Qassab people are also known as Kassab, Bakar Qassab, Quresh, Gau Gowa or Guru Qussai, Shaikh, Chikwa and Gai Kassia, etc. They are found in different states of India especially in the big towns and cities. Their community name Qassab in Arabic means "to cut". They claim that their origin is from Arabia.

They are a professional Muslim caste of butchers and slaughterers of animals and selling meat. Many of them are now engaged in business or work as daily-wage labours. The Kasai or Qassabs speak Urdu among themselves but are equally conversant with Hindi. Though they use the Perso-Arabic script, sometimes they also use the Devanagari script.

Both child and adult marriages are in practice. Group marriages are also performed at public places like the Idgah. Normally only the husband can divorce his wife, however the wife is also entitled to seek divorce through her parents. Circumcision is performed for the males. The dead are buried and a forty-day mourning day is observed.

The Kasai has a council known as Jamat, which constitutes of five chosen members. All types of disputes are referred to the Jamat. They adhere to the Islamic code of conduct with regard to marriage, divorce, remarriage and the inheritance of property. Their sacred specialist is the Qazi, who performs worship and other rituals.

The Kasai people belong to the Sunni sect and they profess Islam. They have faith in Nasir Pir. The Imam and Qazi impart religious teachings and perform the religious rites. Traditionally they do not accept water and food from Hindu communities. They share the burial grounds and mosques with other Muslim groups.

Alternate names: Qassab, Gau Qassab, Quresh, Bakar, Gau Gowa or Guru Qussai, Shaik, Chikwa, Gai Kassia.


Prayer Points

* For the salvation of the Kasai or Qassab people and that God may send several Christian workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs.
* That the practice of child marriages among the Kasai or Qassab people may come to an end.
* That they would embrace changes for the better through education and developmental programmes and opportunities.


Profile Source:   India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  

Prayer / Resource Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-12
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-13
People Name General Qassab
People Name in Country Qassab
Population in India 1,069,000
World Population 2,150,600
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 21
Alternate Names Are Katika, Baega, Bai, Baig, Bakali, Bakarkasai, Bakarqassab, Bakr Qassab, Buz Qassab, Chikwa, Dana Kasai, Dana Katagaru, Gai Kasai, Kasab, Kasai, Kasai Bhai, Kassab, Kassai, Katgar, Katika, Katke, Katuga, Khatik, Khatika, Khatki, Khureshi, Kureshi, Kuresi, Marati-Qhasab, Mughal, Musalman, Muslim, Qhasab, Quresh, Qureshi, Saheb, Saheb Bhai, Sultani, क़स्सब
People ID 17919
ROP3 Code 113401
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Group Qassab
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 10
  Bakar 142,000
  Gau 13,000
  Bakali 4,600
  Bada Kasai 0
  Bare 0
  Chamadia Khatki 0
  Chhota Kasai 0
  Chhote 0
  Gai 0
  Halarikhatki 0
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
843,000
Delhi
87,000
Gujarat
31,000
Haryana
31,000
Uttarakhand
29,000
Bihar
23,000
Rajasthan
6,200
Madhya Pradesh
5,200
Maharashtra
4,100
Punjab
3,200
Jharkhand
1,100
West Bengal
1,000
Himachal Pradesh
900
Telangana
900
Tamil Nadu
800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 843,000
  Delhi 87,000
  Gujarat 31,000
  Haryana 31,000
  Uttarakhand 29,000
  Bihar 23,000
  Rajasthan 6,200
  Madhya Pradesh 5,200
  Maharashtra 4,100
  Punjab 3,200
  Jharkhand 1,100
  West Bengal 1,000
  Himachal Pradesh 900
  Telangana 900
  Tamil Nadu 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (965,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
26,000
Bhojpuri
20,000
Punjabi, Eastern
19,000
Awadhi
14,000
Kanauji
2,800
Garhwali
2,100
Maithili
2,000
Marwari
2,000
Merwari
1,900
Haryanvi
1,400
Bengali
1,400
Braj Bhasha
1,200
Sindhi
900
Bundeli
800
Kacchi
600
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (965,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 26,000
  Bhojpuri 20,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 19,000
  Awadhi 14,000
  Kanauji 2,800
  Garhwali 2,100
  Maithili 2,000
  Marwari 2,000
  Merwari 1,900
  Haryanvi 1,400
  Bengali 1,400
  Braj Bhasha 1,200
  Sindhi 900
  Bundeli 800
  Kacchi 600
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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 %
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2018  Isudas  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source India Missions Association - Edited by Philipose Vaidyar  Copyrighted ©   Used with permission  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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