Mallah, Muslim in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language



The Mallah are the traditional boatmen caste and ethnic group of North India, East India, and Pakistan. The word mallaah is said to come from an Arabic word which means navigation on the sea or in the air. They are related to the Kewat community, who form the bulk of the boatmen class of North India. In Pakistan, many have seen their traditional areas of habitation washed away by the sea. An important subsidiary occupation is animal husbandry, with the Mallaah raising cattle. The Mallaah community consists of a number of clans, referred to as nukh, the largest Mallaah nukh being the Dablo.

Ministry Obstacles

Spiritual opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ may be the biggest barrier to its life-giving message in Pakistan.

Outreach Ideas

Pray that, as is happening among several Muslims, the Mallah may experience dreams and visions of Jesus. Pray that God's people will encounter the Mallah and explain more fully who the man in their dreams is.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Mallah community have reported themselves as Christians to the census in either Pakistan, India, or Bangladesh. Please pray for any secret believers to find each other for the purpose of mutual encouragement and instruction.

Pray for the Entire People Group

Please pray the Mallah people will be able to provide good education for their children, and will be able to make necessary adjustments to a rapidly changing world.

Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mallah, Muslim
People Name in Country Mallah, Muslim
Population in Pakistan 382,000
World Population 465,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Machhua, Muriari, Muriyari
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Mallah, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25c
People ID 17624
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:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (335,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (42,000) Sindh (4,800) Federally Administer (300)
Total States on file:  4  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (335,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (42,000)
Sindh (4,800) Federally Administer (300)
Languages & Dialects on file:  9  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (248,000) Saraiki (70,000) Urdu (22,000) Bagri (6,300)
Hindko, Southern (5,800) Hindko, Northern (3,700) Sindhi (900) Pashto, Northern (400)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 248,000 Saraiki 70,000
Urdu 22,000 Bagri 6,300
Hindko, Southern 5,800 Hindko, Northern 3,700
Sindhi 900 Pashto, Northern 400
For Primary Language: Panjabi, Western

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

Major Religion Percent
0.00 %
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 %
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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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