Shaikh in Bangladesh






Largest Religion

Main Language


The Burning Heart

Source Create International


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.

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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
People Name General Shaikh
People Name in Country Shaikh
Population in Bangladesh 135,161,000
World Population 225,828,000
Countries 7
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:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (39,473,000) Rajshahi (28,150,000) Chittagong (24,385,000) Khulna (14,476,000)
Sylhet (7,842,000) Barisal (6,793,000)
Total States on file:  6  (up to 20 largest shown)
Dhaka (39,473,000) Rajshahi (28,150,000)
Chittagong (24,385,000) Khulna (14,476,000)
Sylhet (7,842,000) Barisal (6,793,000)
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 Main Lanugage: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Bengali Language Film
Film / Video Following Jesus (India)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gods Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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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