Sayyid in Pakistan


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Introduction / History

The Sayyid or Syed are among the largest of Muslim communities of India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. They are said to trace their lineage directly back to the daughter of the Prophet Mohammad himself, Syed-un-Nisa Fatima Zehra. The Sayyid in South Asia came to India by sea over 600 years ago.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Sayyid occupy the highest social class among Muslims. They are traditionally the priests and religious teachers of the Muslim communities. More recently they can be found in a host of government service, teaching and business occupations. They marry mainly among their own clans and other Ashraf category Muslims. The Sayyid speak many languages in Nepal but the largest are Maithili, Nepali, Urdu and Bhojpuri.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Sayyid can be found in both major sect divisions of the Shia and the Sunni. Because of their position as religious teachers and priests they are considered 100% Muslim in each of the countries where their live.


What Are Their Needs?

Because of the sheer religious and political weight that the Sayyid carry in their respective communities, a transformed Sayyid leader for Christ could have influence like that of "Paul" in his day. Whole districts could be converted to be followers of Jesus (whom Muslims call Isa al-Masih) if Sayyid leaders came to know and trust the truth.


Prayer Points

Pray for dreams and visions among these people during this month.
Pray for the Lord to raise up Sayyid disciples who will disciple many others in the ways of Christ.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out loving workers to the Sayyid people in Pakistan.


Scripture Prayers for the Sayyid in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Sayyid
People Name in Country Sayyid
Pronunciation SAH-yeed
Alternate Names Barwar; Dayarewale; Ghair-e-mehdi; Mahadavia; Mashaikh; Mehdiwale; Mulla; Mushaik; Mushaq; Nadim Guruvulu; Pirzada; Saiyed; Saiyid; Sayad; Sayd; Sayyad; Syed; साइयिड
Population this Country 6,745,000
Population all Countries 18,156,000
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 135
People ID 18045
ROP3 Code 113540
ROP25 Code 307793
ROP25 Name Sayyid
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Sindh
3,386,000
Punjab
2,324,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
528,000
Azad Kashmir
165,000
Balochistan
136,000
Islamabad
74,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
1,500
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 7  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Sindh 3,386,000
  Punjab 2,324,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 528,000
  Azad Kashmir 165,000
  Balochistan 136,000
  Islamabad 74,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 1,500
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Sindhi (2,002,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Western
1,320,000
Urdu
1,141,000
Saraiki
1,135,000
Hindko, Northern
304,000
Pahari-Potwari
159,000
Marwari (Pakistan)
149,000
Hindko, Southern
104,000
Dhatki
101,000
Pashto, Northern
76,000
Pashto, Central
40,000
Pashto, Southern
25,000
Bagri
13,000
Balochi, Southern
8,000
Kacchi
7,600
Kashmiri
6,800
Primary Language Sindhi (2,002,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 26
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Western 1,320,000
  Urdu 1,141,000
  Saraiki 1,135,000
  Hindko, Northern 304,000
  Pahari-Potwari 159,000
  Marwari (Pakistan) 149,000
  Hindko, Southern 104,000
  Dhatki 101,000
  Pashto, Northern 76,000
  Pashto, Central 40,000
  Pashto, Southern 25,000
  Bagri 13,000
  Balochi, Southern 8,000
  Kacchi 7,600
  Kashmiri 6,800
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
FCBH NT (www.bible.is) Online
YouVersion NT (www.bible.com) Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Recorded oral Bible Oral Bibles
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video World Christian Videos World Christian Videos
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Faith Comes By Hearing - Bible in text or audio or video Faith Comes by Hearing
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Scripture Earth Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General YouVersion Bible versions in text and/or audio YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Android Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Mobile App Download audio Bible app as APK file Faith Comes by Hearing
Mobile App iOS Bible app: Sindhi YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Sindhi Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies World Missionary Press
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Learn more.



Joshua Project logo    Joshua Project    Copyright © 2024