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Urdu in Ireland

Urdu

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,800 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Urdu in Ireland

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Introduction / History
The term "Urdu" does not adequately describe the Urdu people as such, but is merely a language distinction. Urdu, now the official language of Pakistan, is an Indo-Iranian language that developed from the Hindi language. It is heavily laden with Persian and Arabic words and is written in the Persian script. Urdu-speaking Muslims are not an ethnic group in the strictest sense but are rather a collection of ethnic groups who have been widely dispersed geographically. They possess a sense of "group identity" based on linguistic, cultural and historical factors.

A majority of the Urdu speakers originate in Pakistan and the northern states of India. However, in recent years, many Urdu-speaking Muslims have emigrated to European countries like Ireland, searching for economic opportunities.

Where are they located?
Urdu speaking Pakistanis in Ireland gravitate to the capital city of Dublin along with Cork, Limerick City, or Munster.

What are their lives like?
Urdu speakers are often looked upon with suspicion by the Irish majority. A couple of them have faced attacks in Dublin. Some have found favor by exceling in cricket, which is loved throughout the British Isles as well as South Asia.

What are their beliefs?
Although the Urdu speakers are all Muslims, this is no longer a unifying factor. There are intense differences among the various Muslim sects; the Hanafites, Shafiites, and Ithna-Asharis. Since entire Urdu communities tended to migrate together, people tend to congregate in Ireland, etc. on the basis of what sect they adhere to. Islam is central to their identity even if they do not practice it.

What are their needs?
Very few mission agencies are focusing on the Urdu speaking communities. There needs to be greater efforts to effectively reach Urdu speakers with the gospel in Ireland where there is freedom of religion.

Assuming all Europeans are "Christian," Urdu speakers equate sexual immorality and drunkenness with "Christianity." That is especially true in a country like Ireland where one of the most popular ways to socialize is over a beer. They need to see true Christianity lived out to understand that it has something valid for their families and communities.

Prayer Points
* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among Urdu speakers in Ireland.
* Pray for Urdu speaking people to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Urdu speaking people to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers Urdu speaking disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Urdu communities in Ireland.

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Country: Ireland
Continent: Europe
Region: Europe, Western
10/40 Window: No
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Urdu
People Name General: Urdu
Alternate People Names:
HindiIslami
MuhajirsUndri
ROP3 Code: 110423
Joshua Project People ID: 15727
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 7,800
Population all Countries: 2,113,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia - other
People Name General: Urdu
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Urdu (7,800 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
 
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
   
 
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1747-1894
New Testament:
1758-2000Audio
Complete Bible: 1843-2007
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
 World Bible Finder
 World Christian Resource Directory
 Gospel Go
 
 
Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Pakistan Bible So ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsUrdu Online Audio Bible
Film / VideoGod's Love Story
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoIndigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoLUMO film of Gospels
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets' Story
Film / VideoThe Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / VideoThe Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
GeneralWalk with the Prophets and meet the Mess ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app as APK file fro ...
Mobile AppDownload audio Bible app from Google Pla ...
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible: Comic Book Version (SuperBible)
Text / Printed MatterBible: Revised Urdu Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: UGV Devanagari
Text / Printed MatterBible: اردو جیو ورژن
Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterJesus Messiah comic book
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterOnline New Testament (Bibles India)
Text / Printed MatterThe Ancient Path (Urdu)
Text / Printed MatterTools for faith conversations
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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Urdu in Ireland

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