The Ansari (an Arabic term) can be traced back to Saudi Arabia, the people originating from the Medinan people who assisted the prophet Muhammed as he migrated from Mecca to Medina. "Our name, 'Ansari,' means 'friend indeed' or 'one who helps'." They are predominately artisans by trade and are mostly poor and illiterate. They are Muslims who practice folk Islam, incorporating many folk beliefs into their observance of the religion.
The Ansari are spread over a very large area of South Asia. Several projects will be needed to carry the good news of Christ effectively to all the people.
The friendliness of the Ansaris can open doors for believers to develop closeness with them and opportunities to share the Gospel. Many Christian resources are available in Bengali, the main language of the people.
Work has begun in this people group in some areas. Pray it will spread into other areas, including into Bangladesh.
Pray for improved levels of literacy among the people, especially needed in this globalized world.
"And those who lead many to righteousness [will shine] like the stars for ever and ever." Daniel 12:3