Zargar (Muslim traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

As late as the 19th century there were reports of highway robbery by the Zargar people, and they had a bad reputation as armed robbers. Their three ancestors probably “migrated” by force to their current homelands in Pakistan and India when three brothers with giftings in goldsmith skills were moved by the Ottoman Empire.

The Zargar people are related to the Romani (Gypsy) peoples through language and culture. Their language, Zargari, is a dialect of Romani.


Where Are they Located?

Hindu Zargar people live all over northwestern India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though they once had many clans, the Zargar people have since been simplified as a people. Like other peoples, they do not marry between religious communities, so there is no inter-marriage between Muslim and Hindu Zargars.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Most Zargar people practice Hinduism, the ancient religion of India. They worship and serve the gods of the Hindu pantheon. They visit Hindu temples and offer prayers, food, flowers, and incense to their gods in hopes of gaining protection and benefits. They do not have a personal or familial relationship with their gods like Christians or Jews. There are many forms of Hinduism, each with its own deities and beliefs.

The main yearly holidays of Zargar Hindus are Holi, the festival of colors and the start of spring / Diwali, the festival of lights / Navratri, the celebration of autumn / and Rama Navami, Rama’s birthday.


What Are Their Needs?

The Zargar peoples, be they Hindu, Muslim or Sikh, need to submit to Jesus Christ, and accept His ways so they can enjoy abundant life and forgiveness of sin.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Zargar (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray for His kingdom to come and His will to be done among the Zargar people.
* Pray for a movement of Zargar households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.
* Pray for a spiritual hunger that will drive the Zargar people to the arms of Jesus.
* Pray for workers who are filled with the fruit and the power of the Holy Spirit to go to the Zargar people.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zargari_people
http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/hindu-and-muslim-zargar-people/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-09-28
People Name General Zargar (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Zargar (Muslim traditions)
World Population 14,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Zagani; Zangari; Zangiani; ज़रगर (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17727
ROP3 Code 113179
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Jammu and Kashmir 4,700
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Kashmiri (3,700 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Dogri
400
Urdu
300
Khowar
200
Gujari
100
Bhadrawahi
30
Primary Language Kashmiri (3,700 speakers)
Language Code kas   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Dogri 400
  Urdu 300
  Khowar 200
  Gujari 100
  Bhadrawahi 30
People Groups Speaking Kashmiri

Primary Language:  Kashmiri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1813-1954)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1813-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1899-2011)
Possible Print Bibles
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World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Kashmiri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Kashmiri
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Forgiver
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Galen Frysinger 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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