Ansari in Bangladesh


Population
1,253,000
Christian
Evangelical
Largest Religion
Main Language
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Ansari is Arabic and is derived from Ansar (also Arabic) which has a literal meaning of "those who support". It is considered to be primarily a nisbat which is a second or suffix name used as a specifier. Ansar originates from the Medinan people who assisted the prophet Muhammed as he migrated from Mecca to Medina. These people later became his emissaries and soldiers.

AN ANSARI STORY:
The Ansari weaver invited the businessman into his home. When the two men sat down to tea, the weaver told him the story of his community. "We Ansaris live for generations in the same house. Most of our relatives live on this street. Allah has blessed us. All our family members work together in our carpet business, and our kids grow up together. We even have our own mosque just up the street. You said that we were the friendliest people you have met in India. Our name, 'Ansari,' means 'friend indeed' or 'one who helps.' We can trace our ancestors back to a community in Saudi Arabia called 'Ansari.' When our prophet Mohammed and his men were trying to escape from his enemies, he was welcomed into the homes of the Ansari people in Medina. Allah has taught us to do good deeds. This may allow us someday to be in Paradise." (Source: Global Prayer Digest 2008-8-22)


Where Are they Located?

The Ansari reside in most countries of South Asia.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They are predominately artisans by trade and are mostly poor and illiterate. The weaving of silk is a common trade skill of these people. Although traditionally weavers and textile sellers, the Ansaris are now involved in a wide range of small business in towns like Janakpur or Lumbini. Predominately in the Maithili language, though also in Nepali or Bhojpuri, these textile artisans trade with Darzi tailors and other Muslim merchants. The Ansaris are not vegetarian and widely accepting of drink and food from other communities. They tend, however, to be rather clannish and guarded about marriage within the group. Bangles and beads are commonly worn and glass bangles are a symbol of married women in some communities. The Ansaris are Muslim who practice Islamic laws for life and living, though folk Islam practices are common.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ansari are Muslim who practice folk Islam which incorporates many folk beliefs into their observance of the religion. There are almost no followers of Christ among the Muslim Ansaris.


What Are Their Needs?

The friendliness of the Ansaris can open doors for believers to develop closeness with them and opportunities to share the gospel. In recent years numerous teams have begun working in north India among the Ansaris but almost no work has begun in Nepal. Pray for the expansion of country work into the Ansari communities of Narayani, Bheri and Lumbini Zones.


Profile Source:   Wallace Revels  

Prayer Links:
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-17
People Name General Ansari
People Name in Country Ansari
Population in Bangladesh 1,253,000
World Population 16,496,100
Total Countries 5
Indigenous Yes
Least-Reached Yes
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Asar, Dewang, Garana, Jhola Jola, Jola, Jolha, Julaha, Julia, Kabirpanthi, Karikar, Kuchchak, Marwadi, Meman, Momin, Momin Ansari, Mominson, Momna, Sale, Shaikh Momin, Sheikh Mohmandi, Tari, Vankar, अंसारी
People ID 16221
ROP3 Code 111334
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Largest States
Rajshahi (626,000) Dhaka (386,000) Khulna (127,000)
Sylhet (36,000) Barisal (31,000) Chittagong (24,000)
Rangpur (23,000)
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 35  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file: 7
Rajshahi (626,000) Dhaka (386,000)
Khulna (127,000) Sylhet (36,000)
Barisal (31,000) Chittagong (24,000)
Rangpur (23,000)
Primary Language: Bengali (1,054,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (29,000) Chittagonian (16,000) Urdu (7,500)
Bishnupriya (400)
Primary Language: Bengali (1,054,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 5
Secondary Languages:
Sylheti (29,000) Chittagonian (16,000)
Urdu (7,500) Bishnupriya (400)
Primary Language: Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Complete Bible Yes   (1809-2000)
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Resource Type Resource Name
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 Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
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Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Christian Segments Percent
Anglican
Unknown
Independent
Unknown
Orthodox
Unknown
Other Christian
Unknown
Protestant
Unknown
Roman Catholic
Unknown
Photo Source: Caleb Project   Copyrighted ©   Used with permission
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Wallace Revels  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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