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Ansari in Pakistan

Ansari

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
4,681,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % Unknown No   

Ansari in Pakistan

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Introduction / History
Ansari is Arabic and is derived from Ansar (also Arabic) which has a literal meaning of "those who support". It is considered to be primarily a nisbat which is a second or suffix name used as a specifier. Ansar originated from the Medinan people who assisted the prophet Muhammed as he migrated from Mecca to Medina. These people later became his emissaries and soldiers.

AN ANSARI STORY: The Ansari weaver invited the businessman into his home. When the two men sat down to tea, the weaver told him the story of his community. "We Ansaris live for generations in the same house. Most of our relatives live on this street. Allah has blessed us. All our family members work together in our carpet business, and our kids grow up together. We even have our own mosque just up the street. You said that we were the friendliest people you have met in India. Our name, 'Ansari,' means 'friend indeed' or 'one who helps.' We can trace our ancestors back to a community in Saudi Arabia called 'Ansari.' When our prophet Mohammed and his men were trying to escape from his enemies, he was welcomed into the homes of the Ansari people in Medina. Allah has taught us to do good deeds. This may allow us someday to be in Paradise." (Source: Global Prayer Digest 2008-8-22)

Where are they located?
The Ansari reside in most countries of South Asia.

What are their lives like?
They are predominately artisans by trade and are mostly poor and illiterate. The weaving of silk is a common trade skill of these people. Although traditionally weavers and textile sellers, the Ansaris are now involved in a wide range of small business in towns like Janakpur or Lumbini. Predominately in the Maithili language, though also in Nepali or Bhojpuri, these textile artisans trade with Darzi tailors and other Muslim merchants. The Ansaris are not vegetarian and widely accepting of drink and food from other communities. They tend, however, to be rather clannish and guarded about marriage within the group. Bangles and beads are commonly worn and glass bangles are a symbol of married women in some communities. The Ansaris are Muslim who practice Islamic laws for life and living, though folk Islam practices are common.

What are their beliefs?
The Ansaris are Muslim who practice folk Islam which incorporates many folk beliefs into their observance of the religion. There are almost no followers of Christ among the Muslim Ansaris.

What are their needs?
The friendliness of the Ansaris can open doors for believers to develop closeness and opportunities to share the gospel. In recent years numerous teams have begun working in north India among the Ansaris but almost no work has begun in Nepal. Pray for the expansion of country work into the Ansari communities of Narayani, Bheri and Lumbini Zones.

Prayer Points
* Pray that God would send many Indian followers of Jesus to their Muslim neighbors and co-workers with a heart to befriend them and love them.
* Pray that Ansari Muslims will have dreams and visions that cause them to seek to inquire about Jesus.
* Pray for Ansari leaders who have heard the Gospel that their hearts will turn to following Christ.
* Pray for good schools where Ansari children can get an education that helps to lift them out of poverty.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2014-10-09
 
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:4,681,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (4,232,000)Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (265,000)
Sindh (47,000)Islamabad (47,000)
Federally Administered Tribal Areas (2,600)Balochistan (200)
Total Provinces on file:6
   
 
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  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Ansari
People Name General: Ansari
Alternate People Names:
AsarDewang
GaranaJhola Jola
JolaJolha
JulahaJulia
KabirpanthiKarikar
KuchchakMarwadi
MemanMomin
Momin AnsariMominson
ROP3 Code: 111334
Joshua Project People ID: 16221
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 4,681,000
Population all Countries: 16,716,000
Least-Reached: Yes
   
 
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: Urdu Muslim
People Name General: Ansari
Ethnic Code: CNN25r
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
   
 
Language
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western (3,333,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Urdu (520,000)Saraiki (284,000)
Hindko, Southern (62,000)Hindko, Northern (57,000)
Marwari (16,000)Shina, Kohistani (7,800)
Bagri (2,500)Sindhi (1,200)
Total Languages: 9
   
 
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: Data not available)
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
 
 
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1885-1922
New Testament:
1819-2000
Complete Bible: None Reported
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 RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / VideoThe Return
Film / VideoThe Return
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterBibles, Bible League
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterEasyBibles
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
 
 
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