Bhisti in Nepal






Largest Religion

Main Language


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.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-09-09
People Name General Bhisti
People Name in Country Bhisti
Population in Nepal 200
World Population 583,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Abasi, Abbasi, Bihisti, Chambhar, Mashki, Maski, Mochi, Pakhali, Pakhia, Parkhali, Sakka, Saqqa, Sekh Abbasi, Shaikh Abbasi, Shaikh Saqqa, Sheikh Abbasi
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bhojpur-Maithili
People Name General Bhisti
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 16418
Country Nepal
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Location in Country Districts of Jhapa, Morang, Sunsari, Saptari, Siraha, Dhanusa, Mahottari, Sarlahi, Rautahat, and Banke..   Source:
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (70) Bheri (60) Seti (30)
Total States on file:  3  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bagmati (70) Bheri (60)
Seti (30)
Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bhojpuri (60) Nepali (50) Awadhi (30) Urdu (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bhojpuri 60 Nepali 50
Awadhi 30 Urdu 20

For Main Lanugage: Bhojpuri

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1911-1982)
New Testament Yes   (1999-2006)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bhojpuri
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bhojpuri
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
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Map Source: Joshua Project / Global Mapping International  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
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