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Shaikh Qureshi in Pakistan

Shaikh Qureshi

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
1,078,000 Sindhi Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Shaikh Qureshi in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
Islam arrived in the area now known as Pakistan in 711 AD when a Muslim Arab army conquered the northwestern part of the Indus Valley from Kashmir to the Arabian Sea. Technocrats, bureaucrats, soldiers, traders, scientists, architects, teachers, theologians and sufis flocked from the rest of the Arab and Muslim world to the Islamic Sultanate in South Asia and settled permanently.

The descendants of these Arabs usually go by the title of Shaikh and are also known in Pakistan as Muslim Khatri. The Shaikhs of Pakistan, however, claim pre-Islamic ancestry. Shaikh is also a term that is usually attributed to the leaders or elders of Arabian social groups.

One prominent subgroup of the Shaikhs are the Qureshi. Quereshi is a family name that dates back to Arabia at the time of Mohammed. They claim to be the descendants of the Quraish, an important tribe in what is now Saudi Arabia. Initially this tribe opposed Mohammed and even persecuted Muslims, but by the time of Mohammed's death, they had converted to Islam. Once again, we see an example of how tribes and people groups make group decisions regarding important spiritual matters.

Where are they located?
The Muslim Quereshi Shaikh people live mainly in India but also in Pakistan and Nepal. In Pakistan they are mostly in Sindh and Punjab Provinces.

What are their lives like?
The Shaikhs are not bound by one particular profession, though many of them are either merchants or butchers. In Muslim Pakistan, the Qureshi name brings high status.

What are their beliefs?
The Quereshi Shaikhs are entirely Muslim. They believe that Allah is the absolute high God and Mohammed is his prophet. Muslims fast from sun up to sun down during the month of Ramadan, then feast after the sun goes down. They give alms to the poor. Those who are devout pray five times a day facing Mecca and go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Those who have gone on the pilgrimage have higher status when the return to Pakistan.

What are their needs?
The Quereshi Shaikh community needs to have the humility to accept that they cannot be forgiven of their sins because of their ancestry. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; therefore, we all need a Savior.

Prayer Points
Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Quereshi Shaikhs in Pakistan.
Pray for the Quereshi Shaikh community to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Quereshi Shaikhs to change their society from within.
Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers new Qureshi disciples to make more disciples.
Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Quereshi Shaikh communities.


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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:1,078,000
Largest Provinces:
Sindh (782,000)Punjab (186,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (58,000)Islamabad (2,900)
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People Name in Country: Shaikh Qureshi
People Name General: Shaikh Qureshi
Alternate People Names:
KuresiMatoa Quershi
शैख़ करिशी
ROP3 Code: 118058
Joshua Project People ID: 21236
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 1,078,000
Population all Countries: 10,825,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - Shaikh
People Name General: Shaikh Qureshi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Sindhi (535,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): snd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (210,000)Saraiki (174,000)
Punjabi, Western (69,000)Marwari (27,000)
Hindko, Northern (23,000)Dhatki (18,000)
Hindko, Southern (11,000)Pashto, Northern (5,200)
Bagri (3,700)Pashto, Central (1,700)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 16
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: 1825-1981
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1954
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Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament
Audio RecordingsRecorded oral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / VideoMagdalena video
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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GeneralBiblical answers to your questions
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Shaikh Qureshi in Pakistan

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