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Bisati in India

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
7,200 Urdu Islam 0.00 % 0.00 %   

Bisati in India

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Introduction / History
The Bisati believe they originally came from Pakistan and migrated to north India during the Mughal period. They are peddlers or sellers of merchandise. Their name mean to sell goods spread out on a carpet or mat not in a shop. They sell all types of merchandise such as stationery, bangles, glassware, cotton cloth, needles, pins, knives and other small hardware. Some Bisati have prospered and own large retail stores. Others sell their goods at open markets and village squares.

The main language of the Bisati is Urdu. They also speak Hindi and other regional languages.

Where are they located?
Most Bisati today live in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. A smaller number lives in Bihar and Uttarakhand. Some Bisati also reside in Pakistan.

What are their lives like?
The lives of the Bisati revolve around their Sunni Muslim faith and the selling of goods to others. They are considered a lower to middle class Muslim community in India. In Uttar Pradesh they are classified as a Scheduled Caste and receive special benefits from the government such a public jobs and college admission.

The Bisati are endogamous, that is, they strongly prefer to marry within their caste or clan. Cousin marriages are common. Unfortunately, child marriage of girls is still prevalent. Boys receive the equivalent of a high school education while girls receive only a primary education. Sons inherit the father's property with the eldest son taking responsibility for the family home, his mother and younger siblings. Muslim priests officiate at important family events such as births, wedding and funerals.

The Bisati dead bury their dead.

The Bisati are not vegetarian. As followers of Islam, they do not eat pork. Their main foods are rice, wheat, millet, lentils, dairy products and seasonal fruits and vegetables.

What are their beliefs?
The Bisati are Sunni Muslims. They strive to follow the teaching of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They attempt to obey the five Pillars of Islam in order to achieve salvation. If they have the means they try to make a Hadj or pilgrimage to Mecca one time in their lives. They participate in the yearly monthly fast of Ramadan and the holiday of breaking the fast called Eid al Fitr. Their other main holy day is Eid al Adha, the feast of the sacrifice, which commemorates Abraham's willingness to sacrifice his son.

What are their needs?
The Bisati need to hear the life-changing message about Jesus Christ in a way they can understand. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out in a practical way before them by Christ followers. They must realize that Jesus or Isa is much more than a human prophet as Islam asserts.

Prayer Points
* Pray for Christian laborers to have wisdom in applying the pattern Jesus gave in Matthew 10 and Luke 10, leading to blessing among Bisati households.
* Pray the Lord will start a movement of Bisati families experiencing God's rich blessings.
* Pray the Lord opens the hearts of the Bisati elders so they might receive the forgiveness of sins that only Jesus offers.


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Country: India
Continent: Asia
Region: South Asia
Persecution Rank:11 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:7,200
Largest States:
Uttar Pradesh (5,600)Bihar (1,100)
Uttarakhand (500)
Total States on file:3
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Bisati
People Name General: Bisati
Alternate People Names:
ROP3 Code: 111631
Joshua Project People ID: 16466
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 7,200
Population all Countries: 7,500
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Urdu Muslim
People Name General: Bisati
Ethnic Code: CNN25r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Urdu (7,100 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Garhwali (80)
Total Languages: 2
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
GSEC Status:Level 1   Less than 2% Evangelical. Some evangelical resources available, but no active church planting within past 2 years
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1747-1894
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1843-2016
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Easy to Read (FCB ...
Audio RecordingsOnline New Testament - Pakistan Bible So ...
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio RecordingsOral Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Audio RecordingsUrdu Online Audio Bible
Film / VideoA Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Ind ...
Film / VideoGod's Story Video
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / VideoMagdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / VideoMy Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / VideoStory of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / VideoThe Greatest Sacrifice (
Film / VideoThe Hope Video
Film / VideoThe Prophets Story (
GeneralBible Visuals
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGod's Simple Plan
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Mobile AppDownload Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed MatterBible
Text / Printed MatterBible: Revised Urdu Bible
Text / Printed MatterBible: UGV Devanagari
Text / Printed MatterBible: اردو جیو ورژن
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
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Text / Printed MatterFather's Love Letter
Text / Printed MatterInternational Bible Society
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Bisati in India

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People Cluster
    Urdu Muslim     South Asia    
      Bisati India    
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            Bisati in India          
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