Ansari in Nepal


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* Data can be from various sources including official census, agencies, and local research. Data from these sources can sometimes differ even by orders of magnitude. Joshua Project attempts to present a conservative, balanced estimate.

Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Shaikh Momin 5,200

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. 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.


Prayer Points

Pray that God would send many Indian followers of Jesus to their Muslim neighbors and co-workers with a heart to befriend them and love them.
Pray that Ansari Muslims will have dreams and visions that cause them to seek to inquire about Jesus.
Pray for Ansari leaders who have heard the Gospel that their hearts will turn to following Christ.
Pray for good schools where Ansari children can get an education that helps to lift them out of poverty.


Scripture Prayers for the Ansari in Nepal.


Profile Source:   Wallace Revels  

The Ansari

Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

People Name General Ansari
People Name in Country Ansari
Pronunciation ahn-SAH-ree
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
Population this Country 52,000
Population all Countries 17,884,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
People ID 16221
ROP3 Code 111334
ROP25 Code 300342
ROP25 Name Ansari
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States on file 14
Largest States
Narayani
22,000
Lumbini
6,900
Janakpur
6,700
Kosi
3,900
Bheri
3,800
Bagmati
1,800
Sagarmatha
1,700
Gandaki
1,300
Mechi
1,000
Seti
900
Rapti
600
Dhaulagiri
100
Mahakali
50
Karnali
20
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank Not ranked
Total States 14
  Narayani 22,000
  Lumbini 6,900
  Janakpur 6,700
  Kosi 3,900
  Bheri 3,800
  Bagmati 1,800
  Sagarmatha 1,700
  Gandaki 1,300
  Mechi 1,000
  Seti 900
  Rapti 600
  Dhaulagiri 100
  Mahakali 50
  Karnali 20
Website South Asia Peoples
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 %
* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Primary Language Urdu (22,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
14,000
Maithili
6,400
Nepali
1,400
Bengali
100
Awadhi
100
Primary Language Urdu (22,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 14,000
  Maithili 6,400
  Nepali 1,400
  Bengali 100
  Awadhi 100
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

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Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
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