Qureshi Shaikh in Nepal


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
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* From latest Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Islam arrived in the area now known as Pakistan in 711 AD when a Muslim Arab army conquered the northwestern part of the Indus Valley from Kashmir to the Arabian Sea. Technocrats, bureaucrats, soldiers, traders, scientists, architects, teachers, theologians and sufis flocked from the rest of the Arab and Muslim world to the Islamic Sultanate in South Asia and settled permanently.

One prominent subgroup of the Shaikhs are the Qureshi. Quereshi is a family name that dates back to Arabia at the time of Mohammed. They claim to be the descendants of the Quraish, an important tribe in what is now Saudi Arabia. Initially this tribe opposed Mohammed and even persecuted Muslims, but by the time of Mohammed’s death, they had converted to Islam. Once again, we see an example of how tribes and people groups make group decisions regarding important spiritual matters.


Where Are they Located?

The Muslim Quereshi Shaikh people live mainly in India but also in Pakistan and Nepal.


What Are Their Lives Like?

The Qureshi Shaikhs are not bound by one particular profession, though many of them are either merchants or butchers. In Muslim communities, the Qureshi name brings high status.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Quereshi Shaikhs in Nepal are entirely Muslim. They believe that Allah is the absolute high God and Mohammed is his prophet. Muslims fast from sun up to sun down during the month of Ramadan, then feast after the sun goes down. They give alms to the poor. Those who are devout pray five times a day facing Mecca and go on a pilgrimage to Mecca. Those who have gone on the pilgrimage have higher status when the return to Pakistan.


What Are Their Needs?

The Quereshi Shaikh community needs to have the humility to accept that they cannot be forgiven of their sins because of their ancestry. All have sinned and fall short of the glory of God; therefore, we all need a Savior.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Shaikh Qureshi in Nepal.

* Pray for a "Book of Acts" type of movement to Christ among the Quereshi Shaikhs in Nepal.
* Pray for the Quereshi Shaikh community to understand and embrace that Jesus wants to bless their families and neighborhoods.
* Pray for Holy Spirit anointed believers from the Quereshi Shaikhs to change their society from within.
* Pray for a movement in which the Holy Spirit leads and empowers new Qureshi disciples to make more disciples.
* Pray for a movement of Jesus to heal and strengthen Quereshi Shaikh communities.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/18084/PK
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Punjabi_Shaikh
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qureshi


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Shaikh Qureshi
People Name in Country Shaikh Qureshi
Pronunciation SHAYK koo-RESH-ee
Natural Name Qureshi Shaikh
Natural Pronunciation koo-RESH-ee SHAYK
World Population 8,824,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Kuresi; Matoa Quershi; Quraishi; Qureshi; शैख़ करिशी
People ID 21236
ROP3 Code 118058
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Narayani
8,400
Janakpur
2,500
Lumbini
1,600
Sagarmatha
1,300
Kosi
1,200
Bheri
1,100
Seti
200
Rapti
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Nepal
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 32  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Narayani 8,400
  Janakpur 2,500
  Lumbini 1,600
  Sagarmatha 1,300
  Kosi 1,200
  Bheri 1,100
  Seti 200
  Rapti 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (14,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bhojpuri
2,900
Maithili
300
Nepali
20
Primary Language Urdu (14,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bhojpuri 2,900
  Maithili 300
  Nepali 20
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
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 - 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 Nepal census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Joshua Project  Creative Commons 
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

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