Ahmadi in India


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Main Language
Largest Religion
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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

In the late 1880s the Ahmadi Muslim sect was established in the city of Qadian in the Punjab. It is founded on the teachings of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed to appear in fulfillment of prophesies regarding end times. Followers of this movement call themselves the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community. They are now in over 200 countries worldwide. They live all over the northern states of India, but they have a low population.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Most of them are in business, but some Ahmadiyyas are farmers or day laborers. A council looks after their needs. They do not marry outside their community. The Ahmadiyyas are noted for evangelizing both Christians and Muslims. This has won them many enemies among mainline Muslims, but since they are fewer in number in India, they are relatively safe in that part of South Asia. They are free to call themselves "Muslims" in India, but there is a lot of pressure and even violent persecution of them in both Pakistan and Bangladesh for their unorthodox beliefs.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Mirza Ghulam Ahmadi said that he would bring about the triumph of Islam through peaceful means. He claimed to be the promised messiah and Mahdi, for whom Muslims have waited. His followers believe that Ahmadi appeared in the likeness of Jesus. The Ahmadis believe that Islam is the final dispensation for humanity as revealed to the Prophet Mohammed, but it's true path has been lost through the centuries. They think that they are leading people to the true way of Islam. The Ahmadis sincerely believe that if others followed the teachings of Ahmad and accepted him as a savior, the world would be a better place. Orthodox Muslims hate the Ahmadis, but they appreciate their ability to debate Christians and publicly bring doubt on the teachings of the Bible. Their theological beliefs are far different than other Muslims. They are about as far from mainline Islam as Mormonism is from biblically-based Christianity. One of the main reasons they differ so much from other Muslims is that they have their own savior, Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, whom they believe is like a second coming of Christ. They put his teachings on par with those spelled out in the Koran; this alienates mainline Muslims.


What Are Their Needs?

The Ahmadis need a safe home where they can live in peace. But even more than that, they need the humility to accept Jesus Christ as the victorious, resurrected King of kings.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ahmadi in India.

* Pray that God gives them dreams and visions leading them to put their faith entirely in Jesus Christ. * Pray that they read about Jesus Christ in the Bible and give their lives to Him. * Pray that their leaders come to salvation and lead their community into a disciple making movement.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-05-19
People Name General Ahmadi
People Name in Country Ahmadi
Population this Country 73,000
Population all Countries 167,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
GSEC 1  (per PeopleGroups.org)
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ahmadiya; Amdani; Faqir; Qadiri; Qadiyani; अहमदी
People ID 19477
ROP3 Code 100142
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 17
Largest States
(only 15 largest shown)
Uttar Pradesh
34,000
Madhya Pradesh
10,000
Delhi
8,700
Gujarat
5,600
Rajasthan
4,100
Maharashtra
2,100
Haryana
1,800
Uttarakhand
1,700
West Bengal
900
Bihar
900
Punjab
800
Jharkhand
700
Chhattisgarh
400
Himachal Pradesh
400
Odisha
300
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 17
  Uttar Pradesh 34,000
  Madhya Pradesh 10,000
  Delhi 8,700
  Gujarat 5,600
  Rajasthan 4,100
  Maharashtra 2,100
  Haryana 1,800
  Uttarakhand 1,700
  West Bengal 900
  Bihar 900
  Punjab 800
  Jharkhand 700
  Chhattisgarh 400
  Himachal Pradesh 400
  Odisha 300
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (68,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Gujarati
2,200
Punjabi, Eastern
900
Awadhi
400
Bhojpuri
200
Garhwali
200
Bagri
100
Marwari
100
Bengali
100
Merwari
100
Kanauji
80
Maithili
60
Kashmiri
Primary Language Urdu (68,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Gujarati 2,200
  Punjabi, Eastern 900
  Awadhi 400
  Bhojpuri 200
  Garhwali 200
  Bagri 100
  Marwari 100
  Bengali 100
  Merwari 100
  Kanauji 80
  Maithili 60
  Kashmiri 10
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  (1843-2007)
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
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 God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
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 Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
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 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Asma Mirza 
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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