Mallah, Muslim in Pakistan







Largest Religion

Main Language


Profile Source: Joshua Project


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 who the man in their dreams really is.

Pray for the Followers of Christ

None of the Mallah community has 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 371,000
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Unengaged or Unknown Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Machhua, Muriari, Muriyari
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Bengali
People Name General Mallah, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25c
Country Pakistan
Continent Asia
Region Central Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western (248,000) Seraiki (70,000) Urdu (22,000) Bagri (6,300)
Marwari (5,900) 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 Seraiki 70,000
Urdu 22,000 Bagri 6,300
Marwari 5,900 Hindko, Southern 5,800
Hindko, Northern 3,700 Sindhi 900
Pashto, Northern 400
Largest Religion Islam
0.00%    ( Evangelical  0.00% )
Ethnic Religions
Other / Small
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Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl
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