Qassab in Pakistan


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

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Bakar 62,000

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. 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

* Scripture Prayers for the Qassab in Pakistan.

* 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  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-11
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-10-14
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-17
People Name General Qassab
People Name in Country Qassab
Pronunciation kah-SAHB
Population this Country 947,000
Population all Countries 2,045,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 19
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 Pakistan
Region Asia, South
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 5
Largest States
Punjab
689,000
Sindh
193,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
63,000
Islamabad
2,000
Balochistan
400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Punjab 689,000
  Sindh 193,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 63,000
  Islamabad 2,000
  Balochistan 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (515,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
282,000
Urdu
163,000
Sindhi
128,000
Marwari
20,000
Hindko, Southern
19,000
Hindko, Northern
19,000
Pashto, Northern
11,000
Dhatki
3,600
Bagri
2,800
Pashto, Central
1,800
Kacchi
400
Pahari-Potwari
200
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (515,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 282,000
  Urdu 163,000
  Sindhi 128,000
  Marwari 20,000
  Hindko, Southern 19,000
  Hindko, Northern 19,000
  Pashto, Northern 11,000
  Dhatki 3,600
  Bagri 2,800
  Pashto, Central 1,800
  Kacchi 400
  Pahari-Potwari 200
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
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 (GRN)
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Copyrighted © 2021  Josep Parat - Shutterstock  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


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