Machhi, Muslim in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



"Machhi" refers to fish, and the Machhi people have a history of being fishermen. Most of the Muslim Machhi live in Pakistan, but there are some in NW India, as well. They have three subgroups, the Sial, Wajan and Sanjri. Inherited property is usually shared by the sons but the widow receives a 12% share of her husband's property. Birth rituals, circumcision, marriage and death rituals are performed according to Islamic rules, along with some Hindu ritual observances. Glass bangles, nose-pin and toe-rings are the symbols of marriage for women. They are Sunni Muslims. Their sacred specialists are from other Muslim communities.

Ministry Obstacles

Pakistan does not offer welcome to Christian missionaries, not by any means. Dangers are real and numerous.

Outreach Ideas

Prayer is probably what is most needed for the peoples of Pakistan. Sustained, informed, and focused prayer. Spiritual opposition to the Gospel is intense.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

It is not likely there are any followers of Jesus among the Macchi people of Pakistan and India, although there may be a few secret believers. If there are believers, they need our prayers. Pray they won't revert back to their former religion, as this is not unlikely.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Macchi people will not gain satisfaction from their religion that demands so much from them. Pray they will begin to search for a savior from their sins, one who not only gives them assurance of eternal life but helps them with the day-to-day problems of this life, as well.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Machhi, Muslim
People Name in Country Machhi, Muslim
Population in Pakistan 2,352,000
World Population 2,385,000
Countries 2
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Daya, Macchiyara, Machchhi, Machera, Machhi, Machhiyara, Machhua, Mahigar, Mahigir Machhera, Tandel
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Machhi, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17618
Country Pakistan
Region Central Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (2,181,000) Sindh (109,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (31,000) Islamabad (5,600)
Balochistan (800) Federally Administer (300) Azad Kashmir (200)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (2,181,000) Sindh (109,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (31,000) Islamabad (5,600)
Balochistan (800) Federally Administer (300)
Azad Kashmir (200)
Languages & Dialects on file:  12  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (1,893,000) Urdu (179,000) Seraiki (161,000) Sindhi (45,000)
Marwari (18,000) Hindko, Southern (8,400) Bagri (5,600) Koli, Wadiyara (1,100)
Hindko, Northern (900) Shina, Kohistani (300) Koli, Parkari (200) Waneci (50)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 1,893,000 Urdu 179,000
Seraiki 161,000 Sindhi 45,000
Marwari 18,000 Hindko, Southern 8,400
Bagri 5,600 Koli, Wadiyara 1,100
Hindko, Northern 900 Shina, Kohistani 300
Koli, Parkari 200 Waneci 50

For Main Lanugage: Panjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1885-1922)
New Testament Yes   (1819-2000)
Complete Bible No
Audio Bible Online
Format Resource
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Fathers Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Punjabi Bible stories
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Panjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible-in-Your-Language
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
0.00 %

Christian Segments Percent
0.0 %
0.0 %
0.0 %
Other Christian
0.0 %
0.0 %
Roman Catholic
0.0 %
Photo Source: Galen Frysinger  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Joshua Project  
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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