Rangrez (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Muslim Rangrez are a group of people who live in northern India. Their traditional occupation was that of dyeing and printing clothes. The word Rangrez means one who pours on color or dyes in Persian. The Muslim Rangrez are thought to be converts to Islam from the Hindu Rangrez. Many believe they came from Central Asia. Some Muslim Rangrez migrated to Pakistan or Bangladesh during the 1947 Partition. The Rangrez are considered a Backward Caste and have become eligible for special places in public employment and university admission.

Many Rangrez are leaving their original career of dyeing and printing fabric. Cheap, chemical dyes have replaced the natural dyes used by the Rangrez, which tend to fade after washing. Rich colors play an important part in Indian rituals like weddings. Many Rangrez have begun to engage in the business of selling fabric and clothing and holidays. Other Rangrez have become involved in trade and other small businesses. Most Rangrez do not own land.

The vast majority of the Muslim Rangrez speaks Urdu as their primary language. Some also speak other local Indian languages.


Where Are they Located?

Most Rangrez live in the Indian states of Uttar Pradesh and Madhya Pradesh. Smaller groups live in other parts of central and north India.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Rangrez are endogamous. They tend to marry within their caste. Some marry their own cousins while others will not marry anyone in their gotra or clan. Families arrange the marriages within the consent of the young people. Muslim priests officiate at significant rituals like birth, weddings and funerals. Sons inherit their father's property. The Rangrez bury their dead.

Most Rangrez live in multi-caste, multi-religion villages. They will live by themselves in a part of the village. Many young people are moving to the cities for better economic and educational opportunities.

Caste councils promote the interests of the Rangrez and decide legal disputes within the community.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rangrez people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. They attempt to obey the teachings of the Qur 'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage or Hadj to Mecca once in his or her lifetime.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslim 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.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Rangrez need to hear the life-changing gospel of Jesus in a way they can understand. They must see that only Christ can wash away their sins. The Rangrez also need help in learning new job skills necessary to succeed in modern Indian society.


Prayer Points

Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Rangrez families and communities into a rich experience of God's blessings.
Pray the members of the caste councils would become Christians and lead their families to Christ.
Pray that Indian Christians would reach out and share the gospel with the Muslim Rangrez.


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


References

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Muslim_Rangrez
http://lucknowobserver.com/rangrez/


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 365,000
Population all Countries 453,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 7
Alternate Names Chhipa; Chippa; Chunrigar; Lilgar; Nilgar; Nilgara; Ragarijuz; Ramjani; Rangari; Rangirigi; Rangraz; Rangrej; Rangsaz; Sabbagh; रंग्रेज़ (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17972
ROP3 Code 113461
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 on file 15
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
250,000
Madhya Pradesh
71,000
Maharashtra
11,000
Uttarakhand
9,800
Rajasthan
5,500
Gujarat
3,900
Bihar
3,500
Delhi
2,600
Karnataka
1,800
Telangana
800
Chhattisgarh
700
Jharkhand
400
Jammu and Kashmir
400
Odisha
400
Daman and Diu
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 15
  Uttar Pradesh 250,000
  Madhya Pradesh 71,000
  Maharashtra 11,000
  Uttarakhand 9,800
  Rajasthan 5,500
  Gujarat 3,900
  Bihar 3,500
  Delhi 2,600
  Karnataka 1,800
  Telangana 800
  Chhattisgarh 700
  Jharkhand 400
  Jammu and Kashmir 400
  Odisha 400
  Daman and Diu 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (290,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
5,000
Awadhi
1,900
Marwari
1,700
Gujarati
1,500
Dhundari
1,200
Bundeli
1,200
Punjabi, Eastern
1,100
Garhwali
1,000
Marathi
900
Malvi
800
Nimadi
600
Khandesi
600
Kanauji
500
Maithili
400
Odia
300
Primary Language Urdu (290,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 21
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 5,000
  Awadhi 1,900
  Marwari 1,700
  Gujarati 1,500
  Dhundari 1,200
  Bundeli 1,200
  Punjabi, Eastern 1,100
  Garhwali 1,000
  Marathi 900
  Malvi 800
  Nimadi 600
  Khandesi 600
  Kanauji 500
  Maithili 400
  Odia 300
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)
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 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
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
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)
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Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project.  
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more