Moghal in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

The Moghals or Mughals are a chief Muslim people of India. They have two main divisions; the Moghal of Persian and the Indian descent. Both are of relatively high social status as people from the conquering Muslim kingdoms. Because of their wide distribution across India and Pakistan they are well respected. In Nepal they can be found in nearly all the Terai districts. The Moghal people are of the Urdu Muslim people cluster and are believed to have originated in Mongolia.

Where Are they Located?

They are found mostly in northern India and Bangladesh, however there are smaller populations residing in Afghanistan and Nepal. In Afghanistan, they live primarily in two villages near Herat, Kundur and Karez-i-Mulla.

What Are Their Lives Like?

In most places they speak Urdu, however in Afghanistan they speak Mogholi, a nearly extinct language. In northern Afghanistan, many are now speaking Pashto. Many in Afghanistan also speak Dari. There are about 200 Mogholi speakers left out of an ethnic group of a few thousand. They are sometimes called the Turk people.

The Moghal people tend to marry within their own tribes and prefer cross cousin marriages. They follow the same marriage rules as other Muslims living near them. Both sons and daughters receive an inheritance based on the laws of the Quran. They used to be known as soldiers in some places, however today, they are mostly farmers.

The Moghals have often served in government and public service positions. They primarily speak Nepali with others and Urdu among themselves. The Moghal families tend to only marry within their own cousin clans and give their daughters only to a select group of Muslim communities. Rings on finger, nose, toe or ear and wearing bangles are all part of identification of married women. Both sons and daughters receive inheritance. Common surnames among these communities are Mirza and Beg. The Moghals are divided into both Shiite and Sunni sects.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Outside of Afghanistan, the Moghal are divided into Shiite and Sunni sects, however in Afghanistan they are primarily Sunni Muslims. An extremely small percentage of them are evangelical. There are no resources available to them in Mogholi and no known groups working among them.

What Are Their Needs?

Mughals are known to be receptive to a variety of developmental programmes and have a positive attitude towards education. It is possible that they could be good managers of development projects that are introduced. Their families in parts of India are open to the use of modern medicines and have responded to family welfare programmes.

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People Name General Moghal
People Name in Country Moghal
Population in Pakistan 1,177,000
World Population 2,868,000
Countries 5
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Mugal, Mughal, Turk
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Name General Moghal
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 13761
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (621,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (162,000) Azad Kashmir (153,000) Sindh (152,000)
Islamabad (49,000) Gilgit-Baltistan (39,000) Balochistan (2,100) Federally Administer (300)
Total States on file:  8  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (621,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (162,000)
Azad Kashmir (153,000) Sindh (152,000)
Islamabad (49,000) Gilgit-Baltistan (39,000)
Balochistan (2,100) Federally Administer (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  20  (up to 20 largest shown)
Urdu (474,000) Panjabi, Western (303,000) Pashto, Central (93,000) Pashto, Northern (66,000)
Shina (55,000) Sindhi (38,000) Saraiki (25,000) Hindko, Northern (20,000)
Hindko, Southern (18,000) Balti (13,000) Shina, Kohistani (6,400) Kashmiri (4,500)
Bagri (1,000) Kohistani, Indus (500) Gujari (400) Balochi, Eastern (400)
Panjabi, Eastern (300) Kalami (200) Koli, Parkari (100) Marwari
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Urdu 474,000 Panjabi, Western 303,000
Pashto, Central 93,000 Pashto, Northern 66,000
Shina 55,000 Sindhi 38,000
Saraiki 25,000 Hindko, Northern 20,000
Hindko, Southern 18,000 Balti 13,000
Shina, Kohistani 6,400 Kashmiri 4,500
Bagri 1,000 Kohistani, Indus 500
Gujari 400 Balochi, Eastern 400
Panjabi, Eastern 300 Kalami 200
Koli, Parkari 100 Marwari
For Primary Language: Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1747-1894)
New Testament Yes   (1758-2000)
Complete Bible Yes   (1843-1998)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible Visuals General
Bible-in-Your-Language Text / Printed Matter
Bible: Revised Urdu Bible Text / Printed Matter
Bible: UGV Devanagari Text / Printed Matter
Bible: اردو جیو ورژن Text / Printed Matter
Bibles, Bible League Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
EasyBibles Text / Printed Matter
Fathers Love Letter Text / Printed Matter
Four Spiritual Laws General
God's Story Video Film / Video
Gods Simple Plan General
Got Questions Ministry General
International Bible Society Text / Printed Matter
Jesus Film: view in Urdu Film / Video
Magdalena (Jesus Film Project) Film / Video
My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime) Film / Video
Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
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Ethnic Religions
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100.00 %
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Other / Small
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Christian Segments Percent
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Other Christian
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Roman Catholic
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
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Profile Source: The World Missions Atlas Project 
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