Mochi, Muslim in Pakistan






Largest Religion

Main Language


Introduction / History

If you were to purchase any sort of saddle or leather shoes in the area of northern India and Nepal, chances are good that it was put together by a Mochi. The name "Mochi" comes from the Sanskrit mochika and the Hindi word Mojna which mean "to fold." While the Chamars would do the initial slaughtering and preparation of the cattle hide, the Mochis are the ones who typically do the finishing work on the leather items.

In Hindu cultures like we find in Nepal, people are given low status for doing menial or unpleasant work, especially anything having to do with dead animals. This attitude spills over to the Muslim peoples. For this reason, the Chamars have very low status. The Mochis are somewhat more respected than the Chamars. There has been a long running competition between the two groups for superiority. However, in some areas the two groups are indistinguishable.

Educational standards are quite low for the Mochis with the literacy rate at no more than 15 per cent. Their customs allow for polygamy, but they do not widely practice it. Sons usually marry at around age 17, while daughters marry sooner. Mochis usually marry off their daughters earlier than Chamars.

Prayer Points

* Pray that the Church will begin connecting with Mochi Muslims.
* Pray for a harvest of souls among the Mochi Muslims.

Prayer Links
Global Prayer Digest: 2011-11-20
People Name General Mochi, Muslim
People Name in Country Mochi, Muslim
Population in Pakistan 3,460,000
World Population 3,536,000
Countries 3
Progress Scale 1.1
Least-Reached Yes
Indigenous Yes
Alternate Names Charaikar, Das, Dhapal, Jatia, Machi, Mukeri, Rabidas, Raighar, Ramdasi, Raudari, Ravida, Rehgar, Rishi, Ruidas, Sajgar, Sochi, Sonani
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Punjabi
People Name General Mochi, Muslim
Ethnic Code CNN25r
People ID 17625
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 (2,976,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (189,000) Sindh (186,000) Azad Kashmir (43,000)
Islamabad (28,000) Federally Administer (1,400) Balochistan (700)
Total States on file:  7  (up to 20 largest shown)
Punjab (2,976,000) Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (189,000)
Sindh (186,000) Azad Kashmir (43,000)
Islamabad (28,000) Federally Administer (1,400)
Balochistan (700)
Languages & Dialects on file:  18  (up to 20 largest shown)
Panjabi, Western (2,711,000) Urdu (291,000) Seraiki (210,000) Sindhi (73,000)
Hindko, Southern (49,000) Hindko, Northern (31,000) Marwari (9,300) Bagri (8,600)
Goaria (6,200) Shina, Kohistani (6,000) Koli, Wadiyara (2,400) Koli, Parkari (1,800)
Kashmiri (1,200) Koli, Kachi (900) Shina (900) Kachchi (400)
Kohistani, Indus (200) Waneci (20)
Languages & Dialects (speakers if known) - up to 20 shown
Panjabi, Western 2,711,000 Urdu 291,000
Seraiki 210,000 Sindhi 73,000
Hindko, Southern 49,000 Hindko, Northern 31,000
Marwari 9,300 Bagri 8,600
Goaria 6,200 Shina, Kohistani 6,000
Koli, Wadiyara 2,400 Koli, Parkari 1,800
Kashmiri 1,200 Koli, Kachi 900
Shina 900 Kachchi 400
Kohistani, Indus 200 Waneci 20

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: Naveed Akhtar  
Map Source: Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest / Keith Carey 
Data Sources: Data is compiled from various sources. Read more

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