Bihari (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

Unreached of the Day  6/24/2021

Bihari (Muslim traditions) in Bangladesh

pronounced: bee-HAR-ee

The so-called Biharis are Muslims who originated from different people groups in Bihar and neighboring states of British India. Following communal riots during and after the partition of the Indian subcontinent hundreds of thousands of Urdu-speaking Muslims migrated from Bihar and other Indian states to East Pakistan. Later, the Biharis sided with Pakistan and shared in war crimes against millions of Bengali civilians. After the war they became victims of revenge and were gathered by the Red Cross into 66 relief camps to await repatriation to Pakistan, which has never occurred for many.

Ministry Obstacles

The Bihari have been Muslim for many generations, and are prejudiced against Christianity as a religion.

Outreach Ideas

Marginalized people are often the most responsive to the Gospel message. It could well be the Bihari would respond favorably to the good news of Jesus if they could but hear it accurately explained.

Scripture Focus

"They furnish wine and lovely music at their grand parties—lyre and harp, tambourine and flute—but they never think about the Lord or notice what He is doing."  Isaiah 5:12

Scripture Prayer

Pray that many from this people group will notice and respond to what God is doing.

Prayer Focus

There may be a few Bihari who know Jesus as savior, but even that much is in doubt. Please pray for any believers among the Bihari community of Bangladesh. The congested housing situation, lack of sanitation and potable water causes many health problems. Poverty, hopelessness and social deterioration have made the camps a breeding ground for crime. Please pray for the Biharis of Bangladesh.

People Name Bihari (Muslim traditions)
Country Bangladesh
10/40 Window Yes
Population 921,000
World Population 921,000
Language Urdu
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Complete
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image