The term "Urdu" does not adequately describe the Urdu people as such, but is merely a language distinction. Urdu, now the official language of Pakistan, is an Indo-Iranian language that developed from the Hindi language. It is heavily laden with Persian and Arabic words and is written in the Persian script. Urdu-speaking Muslims are not an ethnic group in the strictest sense, but are rather a collection of ethnic groups who have been widely dispersed geographically. They possess a sense of group identity based on cultural and historical factors.
A majority of the Urdu speakers originate in Pakistan and the northern states of India. However, in recent years, many Urdu-speaking Muslims have emigrated to European countries like Denmark, searching for economic opportunities. Urdu speaking skilled laborers and highly educated professionals have emigrated to Western Europe.
Muslim minorities like the Urdu speakers live mainly in urban centers like Copenhagen.
Though many come to Europe with a good educational background, Urdu speaking Pakistanis have a high unemployment rate in Denmark. They are often looked upon with suspicion by the Danish majority. These factors have made some of them open to joining militant Islamicists who wage war in the Middle East and commit terrorist attacks in Europe.
Although the Urdu speakers are all Muslims, this is no longer a unifying factor. There are intense differences among the various Muslim sects; the Hanafites, Shafiites, and Ithna-Asharis. Since entire communities tend to migrate together, different Islamic sects stick together in a given country. Islam is central to their identity even for those who do not practice it.
Very few mission agencies are focusing on the Urdu speaking communities in Denmark. There needs to be greater efforts to effectively reach Urdu speakers with the gospel in Europe where there is freedom of religion.
Assuming all Europeans are "Christian," Urdu speakers equate sexual immorality and the like with "Christianity." They need to see true Christianity lived out to understand that it has something valid for anyone who wants to live a holy life.
* Scripture Prayers for the Urdu in Denmark.
* Pray that God will open doors for Christian businessmen to share the gospel with Urdu speakers in Denmark.
* Ask the Holy Spirit to soften the hearts of the Urdu towards true believers so that they will be receptive to the gospel.
* Ask the Lord to raise up strong local churches among the Diaspora Urdu.
* Ask God to strengthen, encourage, and protect the small number of Urdu Muslims that follow Christ.
* Pray that these believers will be bold in their witness for Christ.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Urdu|
|People Name in Country||Urdu|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Alternate Names||Hindi; Islami; Muhajirs; Undri|
Primary Language: Urdu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1758-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||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||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 Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|Film / Video||The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer|
|Film / Video||The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|