Ansari in India


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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 originated 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 Ansaris 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 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 / Resource Links:
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
People Name General Ansari
People Name in Country Ansari
Population in India 10,541,000
World Population 16,449,400
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 210
Progress Scale 1
GSEC 3  (per PeopleGroups.org)
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
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Group Ansari
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups on file 3
Largest Subgroups
Shaikh Momin
568,000
Nurbaf
46,000
Ahmadabadi Momin
600
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Group Ansari
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 3
  Shaikh Momin 568,000
  Nurbaf 46,000
  Ahmadabadi Momin 600
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 26
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
4,572,000
Bihar
1,964,000
Jharkhand
1,108,000
Telangana
853,000
Maharashtra
693,000
West Bengal
393,000
Karnataka
331,000
Gujarat
141,000
Uttarakhand
140,000
Delhi
77,000
Rajasthan
68,000
Madhya Pradesh
64,000
Andhra Pradesh
46,000
Tamil Nadu
31,000
Haryana
18,000
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 11  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 26  (only 20 largest shown)
  Uttar Pradesh 4,572,000
  Bihar 1,964,000
  Jharkhand 1,108,000
  Telangana 853,000
  Maharashtra 693,000
  West Bengal 393,000
  Karnataka 331,000
  Gujarat 141,000
  Uttarakhand 140,000
  Delhi 77,000
  Rajasthan 68,000
  Madhya Pradesh 64,000
  Andhra Pradesh 46,000
  Tamil Nadu 31,000
  Haryana 18,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (8,533,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Bhojpuri
978,000
Bengali
382,000
Telugu
136,000
Gujarati
85,000
Maithili
83,000
Awadhi
70,000
Marathi
30,000
Punjabi, Eastern
23,000
Kanauji
15,000
Magahi
8,700
Konkani
7,900
Kumaoni
7,700
Kannada
7,200
Garhwali
5,400
Marwari
4,400
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (8,533,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 39
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Bhojpuri 978,000
  Bengali 382,000
  Telugu 136,000
  Gujarati 85,000
  Maithili 83,000
  Awadhi 70,000
  Marathi 30,000
  Punjabi, Eastern 23,000
  Kanauji 15,000
  Magahi 8,700
  Konkani 7,900
  Kumaoni 7,700
  Kannada 7,200
  Garhwali 5,400
  Marwari 4,400
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  (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
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 %
Photo Source Biswarup Ganguly  Creative Commons  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
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.


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