Shaikh in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language



According to one account, the word Shaikh is a general term of courtesy equivalent to the English term of esquire. According to another account, the name is applied to people of pure Arab descent; but it has also been adopted by converts from Hindu communities. The majority belong to the Sunni sect of Islam. In India, the Shaikh neither accept nor exchange food or water with the scheduled castes, Bhangi, and other low castes. The Bengali language is widely spoken, with an influence of Urdu and Arabic.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual darkness has prevailed over the land of the Shaikh for many centuries. The real struggle is unseen. Much, much prayer is needed.

Outreach Ideas

Prayer must precede and accompany efforts to tell the Shaikh about Jesus Christ. Only the Spirit of Christ can persuade them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

There are only a few believers in Jesus among the very large Shaikh community of Bangladesh. They need much prayer support. Pray for their physical and spiritual protection. Pray they will be lights reflecting the goodness of Christ in a dark land. Pray they will be faithful to fellowship together.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Pray for the Shaikh people to increasingly be drawn to Isa (Jesus) as they read the Koran. Pray he will reveal himself in numerous ways, perhaps including dreams and visions. Pray for release from spiritual bondage that has hung heavily over Bangladesh for centuries.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-04
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-19
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-01
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-07
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-08
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-07-17
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-04-15
Video Links:
The Burning Heart
People Name General Shaikh
People Name in Country Shaikh
Population in Bangladesh 136,324,000
World Population 229,702,000
Countries 6
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Faraji, Jhiwar, Shaik, Sheikh, Shekhzade
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Shaikh
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 18084
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 43  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (44,425,000) Chittagong (27,447,000) Rajshahi (17,506,000) Khulna (16,294,000)
Rangpur (14,180,000) Sylhet (8,827,000) Barisal (7,645,000)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (44,425,000) Chittagong (27,447,000)
Rajshahi (17,506,000) Khulna (16,294,000)
Rangpur (14,180,000) Sylhet (8,827,000)
Barisal (7,645,000)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Bengali (105,523,000) Chittagonian (8,484,000) Sylheti (7,034,000) Urdu (53,000)
Kok Borok (4,200) Bhojpuri (1,300) English (700) Panjabi, Western (200)
Marwari (100)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Bengali 105,523,000 Chittagonian 8,484,000
Sylheti 7,034,000 Urdu 53,000
Kok Borok 4,200 Bhojpuri 1,300
English 700 Panjabi, Western 200
Marwari 100
For Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bengali Bible stories Audio Recordings
Bengali Language Film Film / Video
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Mussulmani-Bangla, Kitabul Mukkados Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Standard Bangla Common Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: কিতাবুল মোকাদ্দস Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
Christ for the Nations Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Following Jesus (India, JF Project) Film / Video
Four Spiritual Laws General
General Ministry Resources Film / Video
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Bengali Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
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 %
Photo Source: Steve Evans   Creative Commons  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Video Source: Create International
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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