Qassab in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Bakar 167,000

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. Their community name Qassab in Arabic means "to cut." They claim that their origin is from Arabia. 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. They are found in different states of India and Pakistan especially in the big towns and cities. There are smaller numbers of them in Nepal and Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

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 labors. The Qassab people practice both child and adult marriage. They also perform group marriages 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. Like other Muslims, they circumcise the boys. They bury their dead and observe 40 days of mourning. The Qassab 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.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Qassab people belong to the Sunni sect of 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Qassab people need to submit to Jesus Christ so they can experience the abundant life He offers them in John 10:10.


Prayer Points

For the salvation of the Qassab people and that God may send several workers to work among them and meet their spiritual and physical needs. Pray for a powerful movement to Christ among the Qassab people in India. Pray that the practice of child marriages among the Qassab people may come to an end. Pray that they will soon embrace changes for the better through education and developmental programs and opportunities.


Scripture Prayers for the Qassab in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-12
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-13
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-09-08
People Name General Qassab
People Name in Country Qassab
Pronunciation kah-SAHB
Population this Country 1,274,000
Population all Countries 2,459,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 25
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
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 23
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
995,000
Delhi
103,000
Gujarat
39,000
Haryana
36,000
Uttarakhand
34,000
Bihar
28,000
Rajasthan
7,300
Madhya Pradesh
6,200
Maharashtra
4,800
Punjab
2,700
Jharkhand
1,700
West Bengal
1,200
Telangana
1,100
Karnataka
1,000
Himachal Pradesh
1,000
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 23  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 995,000
  Delhi 103,000
  Gujarat 39,000
  Haryana 36,000
  Uttarakhand 34,000
  Bihar 28,000
  Rajasthan 7,300
  Madhya Pradesh 6,200
  Maharashtra 4,800
  Punjab 2,700
  Jharkhand 1,700
  West Bengal 1,200
  Telangana 1,100
  Karnataka 1,000
  Himachal Pradesh 1,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (975,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
29,000
Bhojpuri
20,000
Punjabi, Eastern
19,000
Awadhi
14,000
Marwari
3,900
Kanauji
2,900
Garhwali
2,100
Maithili
1,900
Haryanvi
1,400
Bengali
1,400
Braj Bhasha
1,200
Sindhi
900
Bundeli
700
Kacchi
600
Dhundari
500
Primary Language Urdu (975,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 24
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 29,000
  Bhojpuri 20,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 19,000
  Awadhi 14,000
  Marwari 3,900
  Kanauji 2,900
  Garhwali 2,100
  Maithili 1,900
  Haryanvi 1,400
  Bengali 1,400
  Braj Bhasha 1,200
  Sindhi 900
  Bundeli 700
  Kacchi 600
  Dhundari 500
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  (1843-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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