Urdu in Ireland


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
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Introduction / History

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 linguistic, 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 Ireland, searching for economic opportunities.


Where Are they Located?

Urdu speaking Pakistanis in Ireland gravitate to the capital city of Dublin along with Cork, Limerick City, or Munster.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Urdu speakers are often looked upon with suspicion by the Irish majority. A couple of them have faced attacks in Dublin. Some have found favor by exceling in cricket, which is loved throughout the British Isles as well as South Asia.


What Are Their Beliefs?

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 Urdu communities tended to migrate together, people tend to congregate in Ireland, etc. on the basis of what sect they adhere to. Islam is central to their identity even if they do not practice it.


What Are Their Needs?

Very few mission agencies are focusing on the Urdu speaking communities. There needs to be greater efforts to effectively reach Urdu speakers with the gospel in Ireland where there is freedom of religion.

Assuming all Europeans are “Christian,” Urdu speakers equate sexual immorality and drunkenness with “Christianity.” That is especially true in a country like Ireland where one of the most popular ways to socialize is over a beer. They need to see true Christianity lived out to understand that it has something valid for their families and communities.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Urdu in Ireland.

* Pray for a “Book of Acts” type of movement to Christ among Urdu speakers in Ireland.
* Pray for Urdu speaking people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Urdu speaking people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Urdu speaking disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Urdu communities in Ireland.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Urdu
People Name in Country Urdu
Population this Country 7,800
Population all Countries 1,930,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Hindi; Islami; Muhajirs; Undri
People ID 15727
ROP3 Code 110423
Country Ireland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Ireland
Region Europe, Western
Continent Europe
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Urdu (7,800 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Urdu (7,800 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
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  (1843-2007)
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 (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 Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Muzaffar_Somro / Pixabay 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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