Ahmadi in Bangladesh


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

Just as Mormonism is far from mainline Christianity the Ahmadi sect is far from Islam. This sect was formed in the late 1800s and was established in the city of Qadian in the Punjab. The main teachings are from a man named Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed to be the fulfillment of end time prophecies in Islam. This sect has spread to 200 countries worldwide including Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

By trying to win mainline Muslims to their sect, Ahmadis are persecuted in Bangladesh, where the majority are from the more orthodox Sunni branch of Islam. In 2015 an Ahmadi mosque was attacked by gunmen. In 2019, a prominent Sunni Muslim cleric did what many others have done throughout the world: declare the Ahmadis as non-Muslims. The headquarters for the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community has moved to London, but there remains a small number of Ahmadi people in Bangladesh.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Ahmadi believe that their form of Islam is the true way. Mirza Ghulam Ahmadi, the main proponent of this sect, has claimed to bring about the triumph of Islam through peaceful means. Mirza Ghulam Ahmadi also believed himself to be the messiah to save true Islam from the mass corruption of it as a religious system. Although orthodox Muslims hate the Ahmadis, they appreciate their command of rhetoric and their ability to dialog competently with the teachings of the Bible.


What Are Their Needs?

Because of intense persecution, the Ahmadis need a safe home where they can live in peace. More so they need to see the humility of Christ, in the Scriptures, and accept Christ as Victorious King.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Ahmadi in Bangladesh.

Pray that the Holy Spirit would show the humility of Christ, the chief servant, as the Ahmadis engage with the Scriptures of Christianity. The harvest is plentiful, and the workers are few. Pray that God convicts the souls of Bangladeshi believers to be missional in mindset. Pray for Ahmadis to be willing to learn from Jesus and study His Word with open hearts. Pray for a Disciple Making Movement among Ahmadi members that will spread to all countries where they now try to turn people away from the Truth.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2009-10-30
Global Prayer Digest: 2012-05-09
People Name General Ahmadi
People Name in Country Ahmadi
Population this Country 2,500
Population all Countries 152,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Ahmadiya; Amdani; Faqir; Qadiri; Qadiyani; अहमदी
People ID 19477
ROP3 Code 100142
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 2
Largest States
Dhaka
1,600
Khulna
900
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 31  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 2
  Dhaka 1,600
  Khulna 900
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Bengali (2,500 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Bengali (2,500 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1832-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 3 - Woman at the Well
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest Bangladesh census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Asma Mirza 
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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