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Dharhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Dharhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The Muslim Dharhi were traditionally singers and musicians by trade. They play music at significant family events and on Muslim holidays. The Dharhi often receive their money by donations so some people see them as beggars. The word Dharhi comes from a Sanskrit word meaning, "showing no respect."

Today, most Dharhi work as landless farm laborers. They often live in rural villages. Other Dharhi work in government service and in small businesses.

Where are they located?
The Muslim Dharhi live in the nation of Pakistan. A larger Muslim Dharhi group lives in India.

What are their lives like?
The Dharhi are endogamous, that is they marry within their caste and clan. Monogamy or marriage to one wife is the general rule but marrying more than one wife is not illegal. Families arrange their marriages. Sons inherit their father's property. The eldest son becomes responsible for his mother and siblings.

The Dharhi eat meat except for pork. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils and vegetables.

The villages where the Dharhi live are frequently without modern conveniences like electricity, indoor plumbing and access to clean water.

What are their beliefs?
The Dharhi are Sunni Muslims, the largest branch of Islam. They strive to follow the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that they will receive salvation through obeying the Five Pillars of Islam. These obligations include praying five times a day towards Mecca, giving to the poor and fasting during the month of Ramadan. Most Dharhi attend their local mosque on Friday where they pray and receive instruction.

The two main holidays that the Dharhi celebrate are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the festival that remembers Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

What are their needs?
The Dharhi need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus Christ in a way they are able to understand. They need to see the love and grace of Jesus lived out in the practical way before them by Christians. They need help in educating their children and in learning job skills so they can escape their poverty.

Prayer Points
* Pray that the Lord would open the hearts to the Dharhi of Pakistan to receive the good news about Christ.
* Pray that a strong movement to Jesus will bring whole Muslim Dharhi families into a rich experience of God's blessings.
* Pray that God brings many Dharhi to Himself and Bible-believing churches are planted among them.


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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:5,800
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (5,700)
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People Name in Country: Dharhi (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Dharhi (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
धरही (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 111934
Joshua Project People ID: 16703
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 5,800
Population all Countries: 41,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Dharhi (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Urdu (3,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (2,500)Saraiki (500)
Punjabi, Western (70)
Total Languages: 4
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1747-1894
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1843-2007
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