Makrani, Muslim traditions in Pakistan






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The name Makrani is likely to have been derived from their original location, Makran, in Baluchistan (now in Pakistan). They marry only within their own people group. They use surnames such as Askani, Baluch, Ring-baluch, Mullajia and Gudijal. Birth, circumcision, marriage, and death rituals are observed according to Islamic traditions along with some Hindu rituals. The community council (or jamat) leads the community and regulates socio-religious affairs. They are Sunni Muslims. Traditionally, they accept food from all Muslims and high-caste Hindus. The Makrana were traditionally soldiers, but farming is now their primary occupation.

Ministry Obstacles

Pakistan is hostile to Christian witness, and the challenges are many.

Outreach Ideas

Please pray for the Christians in Pakistan, for the Lord's protection and provision for them. Pray some of the Makrani people will come in contact with true followers of Jesus, and will be deeply impacted by them.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Muslim Makrani have identified themselves as Christians, in either Pakistan or India. There may be a few secret believers, and we should pray for these. We should also pray for others who will soon come to saving faith in Christ. Pray for spiritual strengthening, that they will be able to resist pressure to re-convert.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Makrani will gain no satisfaction from their traditional religion, but will instead hunger to know the God who loves them and who has revealed himself in his son, Jesus the Messiah.

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People Name General Makrani, Muslim traditions
People Name in Country Makrani, Muslim traditions
Population in Pakistan 74,000
World Population 102,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Makh, Makhdum, Makrana
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:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (74,000)
Total States on file:  1  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindh (74,000)

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Languages & Dialects on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Sindhi (41,000) Urdu (18,000) Saraiki (6,500) Panjabi, Western (4,700)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Sindhi 41,000 Urdu 18,000
Saraiki 6,500 Panjabi, Western 4,700
For Primary Language: Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1825-1981)
New Testament Yes   (1890-1992)
Complete Bible Yes   (1954)
Audio Bible Online
Resource Format
Audio Bible teaching (GRN) Audio Recordings
Bible: Common Language New Testament Text / Printed Matter
Got Questions Ministry General
Jesus Film: view in Sindhi Film / Video
Online Bible (Bibles India) Text / Printed Matter
Online New Testament (FCBH) Audio Recordings
Oral Bible Audio Recordings
Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project) Audio Recordings
World Missionary Press Booklets Text / Printed Matter
Primary Religion: Islam

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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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Profile Source: Joshua Project  
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