Urdu in Canada


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Introduction / History

Large numbers of Muslims speak the Urdu language in Pakistan and North India. It is the primary language in Pakistan. Urdu speaking people began living in Canada around 1960. There was much unemployment where they were living. Those with a good education came to Canada. Many Pakistani Canadians live in Ontario. They speak Urdu and English, among other languages. Toronto is the city with the biggest Pakistani community. Vancouver is growing in the number of Urdu speakers as well.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Urdu in Canada were concerned that they would lose their culture, so they formed their own community groups. The new lifestyle has caused problems regards keeping their traditional religious way of life. The Urdu in Canada are adjusting well to living in Canada. Their children are doing well in education and in work. They are involved with local politics. Some are involved in the arts, especially poetry. Many are professionals in medicine, and many have their own businesses. There are many Urdu speaking students in Canada. Marriages tend to be arranged by parents, but this will probably become less prominent with future generations. Commonly, their women work and earn their own incomes.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Urdu speakers are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims 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. Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will. In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Urdu in Canada.

Pray that the Christians among the Urdu will lead entire Muslim families to Jesus Christ. Pray that God will give the Urdu dreams and visions showing that Jesus Christ is the way to salvation and lead them as to what to do next. Pray for Urdu speakers to begin their own movement to Christ, and take the only savior back to South Asia.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2018-05-21
People Name General Urdu
People Name in Country Urdu
Pronunciation OOR-doo
Population this Country 146,000
Population all Countries 2,121,000
Total Countries 24
Indigenous No
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 2  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 3
Alternate Names Hindi; Islami; Muhajirs; Undri
People ID 15727
ROP3 Code 110423
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Country Canada
Region America, North and Caribbean
Continent North America
10/40 Window No
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked

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Primary Language Urdu (146,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Urdu (146,000 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  (1843-2019)
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
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
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 LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
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  Creative Commons 
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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