Bhisti in Nepal







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey

Introduction / History

"Most Bhisti people are hard working, poor, landless tenant farmers in Nepal's Terai Region. If they are fortunate, they may receive one-third of the crops they harvest. In addition to hunger, they face on going problems with malaria and contaminated water, but receive almost no help from the Nepali government. Their material poverty has left them very vulnerable. They also face ongoing problems because of their Muslim identity. For example, the Nepali government refuses to recognize Islamic schools."

Abdul, a Nepali Muslim, was explaining to an outsider the problems that he thought that Bhistis and other Muslim people groups face in Nepal. The 100 or so Bhistis in Nepal are culturally Sunni Muslims, but they have very little knowledge of Islamic principles. Folk religion affects their lives more than the teachings of the Qur'an. They have little accurate knowledge of who God is and how He wants to give them guidance, comfort, hope, and salvation through Christ. Other Muslim communities are starting to pay attention to the Bhisti communities in Nepal.

Prayer Points

* Pray for God's children to live among the Bhistis and help them with their physical and spiritual needs.
* Pray that spiritual obstacles will be removed so they can clearly understand the story of Christ and His redemptive work for every people group.
* Pray that they will have access to gospel materials in Urdu and Bhojpuri.
* May the Bhisti people soon experience His salvation and spread the good news to other Muslim communities.

People Name General Bhisti
People Name in Country Bhisti
Population in Nepal 190
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abasi, Bihisti, Mashki, Pakhali, Pakhia, Saqqa, Shaikh Abbasi, Shaikh Saqqa
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Bhisti
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Country Nepal
Continent Asia
Region South Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Location in Country Districts of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Banke.
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri (70) Awadhi (60) Nepali (50) Urdu (30)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 70 Awadhi 60
Nepali 50 Urdu 30
Largest Religion Islam
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
Photo Source: Steve Evans Creative Commons: Yes
Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International
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