Rohingya Zerbadi in Bangladesh

The Rohingya Zerbadi have only been reported in Bangladesh
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Introduction / History

The Zerbadi are a subgroup of the greater Rohingya people. In historical perspective Rakhine, the home of the Rohingya people, is more a frontier province of eastern India than a province of Burma (now called Myanmar). From the very early days till the arrival of the Mongolians and Tibeto-Burmans in the 10th century, Rakhine was an Indian land with a population similar to Bengal. The spread of Islam in Rakhine during those early times and the impact of Islamic civilization on Rakhine particularly after Bengal became Muslim in 1203 AD is well known.

Islam reached Rakhine in the late 8th century AD and attracted the local people to come to Islam en masse. Since then Islam played an important role towards the advancement of civilization in Rakhine. Muslims ruled Rakhine between 1430 to 1638. The system of government (Muslim sultanates) was common in those days. It was an independent Muslim kingdom in the 14th and 15th centuries.

More recently Rohingya people have been violently persecuted by the Myanmar government, which calls them "non-natives" because they are not Buddhists like the Burmese majority. Thousands had to flee for their lives. They were denied citizenship in Myanmar and have been described as one of the most persecuted minorities in the world.

Where Are they Located?

Sadly, there are no Zerbadi Rohingyas left in Myanmar. They have a small population in Bangladesh.

What Are Their Lives Like?

This people group has been rejected by the Buddhist peoples in Myanmar, but also by their fellow Muslims in Bangladesh. They would love to find a place of peace and acceptance.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Rohingya people are almost all Sunni Muslims. Their hope is in the teachings of the Koran and the Hadith, not in the person of Jesus Christ.

What Are Their Needs?

The Rohingya need a safe place to live. They need freedom from violent oppression, and the opportunity to earn a good living, and have their children get an education.

Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Rohingya Zerbadi in Bangladesh.

* Pray for the Zerbadi Rohingya people to find safe refuge in Bangladesh and other nations.
* Pray for them to find jobs and schools so they can get re-established.
* The Rohingya people have very little chance to hear that Jesus Christ offers them much more than they could ever imagine. Pray for the Zerbadi Rohingyas in Bangladesh to be reached by the Lord through dreams, visions, and through Christian materials on the Internet.


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Rohingya Zerbadi
People Name in Country Rohingya Zerbadi
World Population 74,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names रोयिंगाइया, ज़ेरबादी
People ID 20630
ROP3 Code 116909
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 38  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Chittagong 74,000
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Rohingya (74,000 speakers)
Language Code rhg   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Rohingya (74,000 speakers)
Language Code rhg   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Rohingya

Primary Language:  Rohingya

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (2019)
Bible-New Testament No
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Introduction to Jesus
Film / Video Introduction to Jesus (EngSub)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Rohingya
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %
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.