Ansari in Pakistan


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Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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Subgroups: 1

Subgroup Name Population
Shaikh Momin 284,000


The Ansari

Source:  Asia Harvest      Download

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.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ansari in Pakistan.

* 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.


Profile Source:   Wallace Revels  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-09
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-07-19
People Name General Ansari
People Name in Country Ansari
Pronunciation ahn-SAH-ree
World Population 16,698,000
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 94
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 Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 5
Largest States
Punjab
4,301,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
286,000
Islamabad
76,000
Sindh
49,000
Balochistan
400
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 5
  Punjab 4,301,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 286,000
  Islamabad 76,000
  Sindh 49,000
  Balochistan 400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (3,350,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Urdu
803,000
Saraiki
283,000
Hindko, Southern
61,000
Hindko, Northern
54,000
Marwari
16,000
Shina, Kohistani
10,000
Bagri
2,500
Sindhi
1,200
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (3,350,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 803,000
  Saraiki 283,000
  Hindko, Southern 61,000
  Hindko, Northern 54,000
  Marwari 16,000
  Shina, Kohistani 10,000
  Bagri 2,500
  Sindhi 1,200
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2000)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Video Source Asia Harvest
Profile Source Wallace Revels  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.