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Rangrez (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Rangrez (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
79,000 Saraiki Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Rangrez (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
The word rangrez means a dyer in the Persian language, and the community has been connected with this occupation, while others were tailors and washermen. They consist of three subdivisions: the Lalgarh, Nilgarh and Chhipi. The community places the Chhipi in the lowest position because they dyed and printed clothes whereas the Lalgarh and Nilgarh generally prepare color from indigo. A number of Rangrez caste associations exist. Quite a few Rangrez have immigrated to Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
The Rangrez traditionally have practiced dye making. Now many Rangrez seek other vocations due to the competition from cheaper commercial dye making companies. They tend to seek work in the trade of fabrics and clothing.

What are their beliefs?
The Rangrez community practices Sunni Islam. It also visits the shrines of various Sufi saints found in North India, such as Khwaja Moinuddin Chishti.
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.

What are their needs?
The Rangrez need workers to go to them to share the gospel in the Rangrez language and within their culture.

Prayer Points
Pray for the completion of the translation of the Rangrez Bible for those Rangrez living in Pakistan.
Pray for workers to take the Rangrez Bible and other resources to the Rangrez and to share the gospel with them.
Pray for any as yet unknown Rangrez believers, that they receive discipleship and fellowship together.
Pray for the establishment of a viable, indigenous and reproducing Rangrez church in Pakistan and India.


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Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-26
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-24
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:7 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:79,000
Largest Provinces:
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (33,000)Punjab (22,000)
Sindh (18,000)Azad Kashmir (2,900)
Islamabad (100)
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People Name in Country: Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
रंग्रेज़ (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113461
Joshua Project People ID: 17972
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 79,000
Population all Countries: 457,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Rangrez (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Saraiki (32,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): skr    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Sindhi (10,000)Urdu (9,100)
Punjabi, Western (7,600)Hindko, Northern (7,300)
Pashto, Central (5,200)Hindko, Southern (2,900)
Pahari-Potwari (1,700)Haryanvi (1,100)
Kashmiri (600)Dhatki (500)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 12
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: 1888-2009
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Saraiki
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
GeneralBible for Children
GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
GeneralGospel resources links
Text / Printed MatterLiteracy primer for Saraiki
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