Darzi (Muslim traditions) in India


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Introduction / History

The Darzis derived their name from the Persian word 'to sew' or darzan. Sometimes the Darzi are known by the name Darji or Khayyat in India where most of their community live. An Indian legend says that the god Parasurama was pursuing two brothers to destroy them, and they found haven in a temple. A priest hid them and gave one brother the task of sewing dresses and the other dyeing cloth. The Darzi are said to be the descendants of the first brother and therefore, Darzis are most commonly tailors. About one third of the Darzi people are Muslims, the rest are Hindus.
The Muslims among them live in India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan. A majority of the Darzi Muslim people live in the central Terai region of Nepal and speak Nepali and Urdu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They often occupy a middle ground of social status. As tailors they enjoy close relations with other Muslim tradesmen. The Darzis are not vegetarian but tend to avoid beef. As a community they prefer adult marriages and offer children's inheritance privileges to both sons and daughters. Men will sometimes wear a kurtapyjama and woman a salwar-kameez.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Darzi claim to be descendants of the prophet Idris. This prophet corresponds to Enoch of the Old Testament. Like other Muslim peoples in South Asia, the Darzi mix Sunni Muslim practices with Hindu ones.


What Are Their Needs?

Because of the Darzi's openness to business and upward social status, this is a great opportunity to offer outside assistance to educational or other development projects.


Prayer Points

Pray that the church will love the Darzi people like God does, enough to offer micro loans and other development programs to bless them.
Pray that God will release a spiritual yearning in the hearts of the Darzi people that only Christ can fill.
Pray that their spirits will be opened to receive the words of life that can lift them into the heights of the Kingdom of God through faith in Christ.


Scripture Prayers for the Darzi (Muslim traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Darzi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Darzi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation DAR-zee
Alternate Names Chopan; Darji; Darzi; Idrasi; Idrissi; Khayyat; Merais; Nangdev; Pipavasi; Sai Sutar; Sais; Ses; Setch; Shimpi; Simpi; Sise; Sochi; Suis; Thalavadi; दर्ज़ी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
Population this Country 1,198,000
Population all Countries 1,701,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 24
People ID 17513
ROP3 Code 112930
ROP25 Code 301962
ROP25 Name Darji / Darzi
Country India
Region Asia, South
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 16
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
1,013,000
Bihar
125,000
Uttarakhand
19,000
Madhya Pradesh
7,500
West Bengal
7,300
Jammu and Kashmir
5,300
Haryana
4,400
Jharkhand
2,700
Punjab
1,500
Gujarat
500
Maharashtra
400
Rajasthan
300
Himachal Pradesh
300
Dadra and Nagar Have
100
Daman and Diu
40
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Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 16
  Uttar Pradesh 1,013,000
  Bihar 125,000
  Uttarakhand 19,000
  Madhya Pradesh 7,500
  West Bengal 7,300
  Jammu and Kashmir 5,300
  Haryana 4,400
  Jharkhand 2,700
  Punjab 1,500
  Gujarat 500
  Maharashtra 400
  Rajasthan 300
  Himachal Pradesh 300
  Dadra and Nagar Have 100
  Daman and Diu 40
Website South Asia Peoples
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.
Primary Language Urdu (877,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
82,000
Awadhi
15,000
Bengali
6,400
Kanauji
5,100
Maithili
4,300
Punjabi, Eastern
3,300
Kashmiri
2,300
Bundeli
1,200
Kumaoni
1,200
Gujarati
500
Garhwali
500
Magahi
300
Dogri
300
Marwari (India)
100
Chambeali
50
Primary Language Urdu (877,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 18
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 82,000
  Awadhi 15,000
  Bengali 6,400
  Kanauji 5,100
  Maithili 4,300
  Punjabi, Eastern 3,300
  Kashmiri 2,300
  Bundeli 1,200
  Kumaoni 1,200
  Gujarati 500
  Garhwali 500
  Magahi 300
  Dogri 300
  Marwari (India) 100
  Chambeali 50
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)
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Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
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Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
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