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Shaikh Qureshi in Nepal

Shaikh Qureshi

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Shaikh Qureshi in Nepal

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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
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.


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Country: Nepal
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:20,000
Largest Provinces:
Narayani (10,000)Janakpur (3,000)
Lumbini (1,900)Sagarmatha (1,600)
Kosi (1,400)Bheri (1,300)
Seti (300)Rapti (200)
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People Name in Country: Shaikh Qureshi
People Name General: Shaikh Qureshi
Alternate People Names:
KuresiMatoa Quershi
शैख़ करिशी
ROP3 Code: 118058
Joshua Project People ID: 21236
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 20,000
Population all Countries: 10,726,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - Shaikh
People Name General: Shaikh Qureshi
Ethnic Code: CNN25
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Primary Language: Urdu (14,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): urd    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bhojpuri (2,900)Maithili (300)
Nepali (20)
Total Languages: 4
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
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1747-1894
New Testament:
Complete Bible: 1843-2022
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Shaikh Qureshi in Nepal

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    South Asia Muslim - Shaikh     Asia, South    
      Shaikh Qureshi Nepal    
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