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

The Ansari people are noted for their friendliness and their helpfulness. 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 enterprises.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The friendliness of the Ansaris can open doors for believers to develop closeness and opportunities to share the gospel. Pakistan is a country that is very hostile to the gospel. It is almost impossible for believers to stay long enough to help people find their way to the cross and be discipled in the ways of Jesus Christ.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ansari people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

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.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

Pray for the Holy Spirit to empower the Ansari people in Pakistan to open their eyes and see Jesus.


Prayer Points

There are no known Ansaris who follow Christ in Pakistan. Pray for the Lord to find a way to draw these people into his family. Pray for the Lord to bless the Ansaris in such a way that they will know He is the one to follow.

Pray for the Holy Spirit to give Ansari people a hunger for righteousness and holiness that will turn their hearts to Jesus.

Pray for the Lord to find a way to get His children into Ansari communities so that they can enjoy the blessings of the Savior.


Scripture Prayers for the Ansari in India.


References

https://weavefamily.org/thread/ansari-of-india/

http://www.globalprayerdigest.org/issue/day/2019/07/19


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

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 12,611,000
Population all Countries 17,535,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 252
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
5,377,000
Bihar
2,298,000
Jharkhand
1,317,000
Telangana
995,000
Maharashtra
924,000
West Bengal
501,000
Karnataka
359,000
Gujarat
166,000
Uttarakhand
164,000
Delhi
94,000
Rajasthan
87,000
Madhya Pradesh
78,000
Andhra Pradesh
54,000
Tamil Nadu
34,000
Haryana
21,000
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 5,377,000
  Bihar 2,298,000
  Jharkhand 1,317,000
  Telangana 995,000
  Maharashtra 924,000
  West Bengal 501,000
  Karnataka 359,000
  Gujarat 166,000
  Uttarakhand 164,000
  Delhi 94,000
  Rajasthan 87,000
  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  (1843-2022)
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 Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer Create International
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 Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more