Nikari (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The name they have, Nikari, is related to doing good.


Where Are they Located?

The Nikari live in West Bengal and Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Nikari work selling fish and growing fruit. They have a community council to help them. Girls are educated but not as much as boys. They speak, read and write in Bengali. They are not vegetarians and eat wheat and rice as cereals.

The Nikari are endogamous, that is, they prefer to marry only within their community. The divorced and bereaved can marry again. On the death of the father, daughters get less of the property than the sons with the oldest son becoming in charge of the home. There are birth and marriage rituals. The dead are buried.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Nikari are Sunni Muslims, the largest group within Islam. They follow the teaching of the Koran and the prophet Muhammad. They pray five times a day facing Mecca. Eid Al-Fitr is celebrated at the end of Ramadan (a month of fasting during daylight hours), and Muslims usually give zakat (charity) on the occasion. Eid Al-Adha, the feast of the sacrifice, is celebrated on the tenth day the twelfth month and lasts for four days, during which Muslims usually slaughter a sheep and distribute its meat in 3 parts: among family, friends, and the poor.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Nikari people need the chance to put their hope in the only Savior, Jesus Christ.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Nikari (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh.

* Pray for the Holy Spirit to give the Muslim Nikari people teachable and understanding hearts.
* Pray for a strong movement of the Holy Spirit that will bring entire Nikari families into a rich experience of God's blessing.
* Pray for Nikari families to be drawn by the Holy Spirit to seek forgiveness, and to understand the adequacy of Christ's work on the cross.
* Pray for teams of believers to do sustained, focused prayer for the Lord to open the hearts of Nikari family leaders to experience God's blessing through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2007-10-05
People Name General Nikari (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Nikari (Muslim traditions)
World Population 117,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dafadar; Pazar; Sarkar; नीकारी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17781
ROP3 Code 113245
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Khulna
31,000
Dhaka
14,000
Chittagong
3,400
Rangpur
1,800
Rajshahi
1,400
Barisal
1,300
Sylhet
1,100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 48  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Khulna 31,000
  Dhaka 14,000
  Chittagong 3,400
  Rangpur 1,800
  Rajshahi 1,400
  Barisal 1,300
  Sylhet 1,100
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (47,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
Chittagonian
1,200
Sylheti
800
Primary Language Bengali (47,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 3
Secondary Languages
  Chittagonian 1,200
  Sylheti 800
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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 Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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 %
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
* Religion Values From latest Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.