Rangrez (Muslim traditions) in India


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Subgroups: 7

Subgroup Name Population
Chhipa 17,000
Lalgar 16,000
Nilgar 16,000
Ranghar 1,800
Bandistrare 400
Chunrigar 400
Shaikh 400

Introduction / History

The Muslim Rangrez are a group of people who live in northern India. Their traditional occupation was that of dyeing and printing clothes. The word Rangrez means one who pours on color or dyes in Persian. The Muslim Rangrez are thought to be converts to Islam from the Hindu Rangrez. Many believe they came from Central Asia. Some Muslim Rangrez migrated to Pakistan or Bangladesh during the 1947 Partition. The Rangrez are considered a Backward Caste and have become eligible for special places in public employment and university admission.

Many Rangrez are leaving their original career of dyeing and printing fabric. Cheap, chemical dyes have replaced the natural dyes used by the Rangrez, which tend to fade after washing. Rich colors play an important part in Indian rituals like weddings. Many Rangrez have begun to engage in the business of selling fabric and clothing and holidays. Other Rangrez have become involved in trade and other small businesses. Most Rangrez do not own land.

The vast majority of the Muslim Rangrez speaks Urdu as their primary language. Some also speak other local Indian languages.


Where Are they Located?

Most Rangrez live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Smaller groups live in other parts of central and north India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rangrez are endogamous. They tend to marry within their caste. Some marry their own cousins while others will not marry anyone in their gotra or clan. Families arrange the marriages within the consent of the young people. Muslim priests officiate at significant rituals like birth, weddings and funerals. Sons inherit their father’s property. The Rangrez bury their dead.

Most Rangrez live in multi-caste, multi-religion villages. They will live by themselves in a part of the village. Many young people are moving to the cities for better economic and educational opportunities.

Caste councils promote the interests of the Rangrez and decide legal disputes within the community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rangrez people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They attempt to obey the teachings of the Qur’an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage or Hadj to Mecca once in his or her lifetime.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslim are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Rangrez need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus in a way they can understand. They must see that only Christ can wash away their sins. The Rangrez also need help in learning new job skills necessary to succeed in modern Indian society.


Prayer Points

* Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Rangrez families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
* Pray the members of the caste councils would become Christians and lead their families to Christ.
* Pray that Indian Christians would reach out and share the gospel with the Muslim Rangrez.


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Rangrez
http://lucknowobserver.com/rangrez/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
Population in India 307,000
World Population 377,200
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 6
Alternate Names Chhipa, Chippa, Chunrigar, Lilgar, Nilgar, Nilgara, Ragarijuz, Ramjani, Rangari, Rangirigi, Rangraz, Rangrej, Rangsaz, Sabbagh, रंग्रेज़ (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17972
ROP3 Code 113461
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 15
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
212,000
Madhya Pradesh
61,000
Maharashtra
9,700
Uttarakhand
8,300
Rajasthan
4,500
Gujarat
3,300
Bihar
2,900
Delhi
2,200
Karnataka
1,500
Telangana
700
Chhattisgarh
600
Jammu and Kashmir
400
Odisha
300
Jharkhand
200
Daman and Diu
20
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 15
  Uttar Pradesh 212,000
  Madhya Pradesh 61,000
  Maharashtra 9,700
  Uttarakhand 8,300
  Rajasthan 4,500
  Gujarat 3,300
  Bihar 2,900
  Delhi 2,200
  Karnataka 1,500
  Telangana 700
  Chhattisgarh 600
  Jammu and Kashmir 400
  Odisha 300
  Jharkhand 200
  Daman and Diu 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (287,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
4,900
Awadhi
1,500
Gujarati
1,500
Merwari
1,200
Dhundari
1,200
Garhwali
1,000
Punjabi, Eastern
1,000
Marathi
900
Malvi
800
Bundeli
700
Khandesi
600
Nimadi
600
Kanauji
400
Marwari
400
Odia
300
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (287,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 22
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 4,900
  Awadhi 1,500
  Gujarati 1,500
  Merwari 1,200
  Dhundari 1,200
  Garhwali 1,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,000
  Marathi 900
  Malvi 800
  Bundeli 700
  Khandesi 600
  Nimadi 600
  Kanauji 400
  Marwari 400
  Odia 300
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 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 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 David Kugel  
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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