Ansari in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Subgroups: 3

Subgroup Name Population
Shaikh Momin 915,000
Nurbaf 64,000
Ahmadabadi Momin 600

Introduction / History

Ansari is an Arabic word which the means "those who support." Ansar originated from the Medinan people who assisted the prophet Mohammed as he moved from Mecca to Medina. These people later became his early emissaries and soldiers. The Ansaris now reside in most countries of South Asia with large populations in India and Pakistan. The main language of the Ansari is Urdu.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Ansaris are predominately artisans by trade. Many today live in poverty. The weaving of silk is a common trade skill among these people. Although traditionally weavers and textile sellers, the Ansaris are now involved in a wide range of small businesses and in agriculture. The Ansaris are not vegetarian, and they are widely accepting of drink and food from other communities. As Muslims, they will not eat pork. They tend, however, to be rather clannish and guarded about marriage within the group. Their women often wear bangles and beads as a symbol of being married. The friendliness of the Ansari people can open doors for believers to develop friendships and opportunities to share the gospel. In recent years numerous teams of believers have begun working in north India among the Ansari.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ansari people are Sunni, the largest branch of Islam. Their brand of Islam includes folk religion. The Ansari try to obey the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Mohammad. They believe that by following the Five Pillars of Islam that they will attain heaven when they die. However, Allah, the supreme God of the universe, determines who enters paradise. Sunnis pray five times a day facing Mecca. They fast the month of Ramadan. They attend mosque services on Friday. If a Muslim has the means, he or she will make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in his or her lifetime. Muslims are also prohibited to drink alcohol, eat pork, gamble, steal, use deceit, slander, and make idols. The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ansaris need to see that Jesus or Isa is more than a human prophet. They would benefit from learning new job skills.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ansari in India.

Pray that God would send Indian followers of Jesus to their Ansari neighbors to share with them the good news. Pray for a disciple making movement among them this decade. Pray for Ansari leaders who have heard the gospel will turn to following Jesus Christ. Pray for good schools where Ansari children can get an education that helps to lift them out of poverty.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Ansari profile for Children and Family Missions Activities
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-15
Global Prayer Digest: 2008-08-22
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-08-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-07-16
Global Prayer Digest: 2013-08-12
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-06
Global Prayer Digest: 2015-08-18
Global Prayer Digest: 2016-10-10
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-05-10
People Name General Ansari
People Name in Country Ansari
Pronunciation ahn-SAH-ree
Population this Country 12,400,000
Population all Countries 17,104,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 248
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 India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
5,326,000
Bihar
2,277,000
Jharkhand
1,305,000
Telangana
985,000
Maharashtra
916,000
West Bengal
496,000
Karnataka
356,000
Gujarat
164,000
Uttarakhand
162,000
Delhi
93,000
Rajasthan
86,000
Madhya Pradesh
78,000
Andhra Pradesh
54,000
Tamil Nadu
34,000
Haryana
21,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 5,326,000
  Bihar 2,277,000
  Jharkhand 1,305,000
  Telangana 985,000
  Maharashtra 916,000
  West Bengal 496,000
  Karnataka 356,000
  Gujarat 164,000
  Uttarakhand 162,000
  Delhi 93,000
  Rajasthan 86,000
  Madhya Pradesh 78,000
  Andhra Pradesh 54,000
  Tamil Nadu 34,000
  Haryana 21,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (8,940,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
807,000
Bengali
374,000
Telugu
118,000
Gujarati
84,000
Maithili
66,000
Awadhi
58,000
Marathi
49,000
Punjabi, Eastern
23,000
Kanauji
13,000
Magahi
8,700
Konkani
7,400
Kannada
7,000
Kumaoni
6,700
Marwari
6,300
Garhwali
5,400
Primary Language Urdu (8,940,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 807,000
  Bengali 374,000
  Telugu 118,000
  Gujarati 84,000
  Maithili 66,000
  Awadhi 58,000
  Marathi 49,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 23,000
  Kanauji 13,000
  Magahi 8,700
  Konkani 7,400
  Kannada 7,000
  Kumaoni 6,700
  Marwari 6,300
  Garhwali 5,400
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2019)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching
Audio Recordings Online Audio Scripture
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Online New Testament
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena video
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical Unknown)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Biswarup Ganguly - Wikimedia  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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