Urdu of North America

People Group Info

Total Population: 584,136

ROP3 Code: 110423
IMB Affinity Group: South Asian Peoples
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Urdu Muslim
Language: Urdu - (urd)
Religion: Islam
Country of Origin: Pakistan

Majority Located Where

  New York-Newark-Jersey City, NY - 105,236

  Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, VA - 42,941

  Houston-The Woodlands-Sugar Land, TX - 40,847

  Chicago-Naperville-Elgin, IL - 34,523

  Dallas-Fort Worth-Arlington, TX - 23,450

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Brief Profile

Urdu speakers are historically associated with the Muslims of the region of Hindustan. Urdu is the national language and <i>lingua franca</i> of Pakistan, and an official language of six Indian states and one of the 22 scheduled languages in the Constitution of India. Apart from specialized vocabulary, Urdu is mutually intelligible with Standard Hindi, which is associated with the Hindu community.

Urdu speakers work in various professions – ranging from the bank sector to travel. Many have long standing roots in the United States extending into second and third generation Americans. Community and family are very important and identity is found in the group. Truth and worldview are highly influenced and determined by the elders and religious leaders.

The majority of Urdu adhere to Islam. The number of Islamic mosques being built by Urdu speakers will attest to the growing population of Urdu people in the Metro Areas.

Prayer Points

  • Pray for churches to develop intentional church planting strategies specifically focusing on the Urdu speakers.
  • Pray for Christians that live and work among Urdu to begin loving friendships with them.
  • Pray for the Holy Spirit to begin revealing the true nature of God to Urdu in powerful ways.


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