Moghal in Pakistan


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Introduction / History

The Moghals or Mughals are a chief Muslim people of India. They have two main divisions; the Moghal of Persian and the Indian descent. Both are of relatively high social status as people from the conquering Muslim kingdoms. Because of their wide distribution across India and Pakistan they are well respected. In Nepal they can be found in nearly all the Terai districts. The Moghal people are of the Urdu Muslim people cluster and are believed to have originated in Mongolia.


Where Are they Located?

They are found mostly in northern India and Bangladesh, however there are smaller populations residing in Afghanistan and Nepal. In Afghanistan, they live primarily in two villages near Herat, Kundur and Karez-i-Mulla.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In most places they speak Urdu, however in Afghanistan they speak Mogholi, a nearly extinct language. In northern Afghanistan, many are now speaking Pashto. Many in Afghanistan also speak Dari. There are about 200 Mogholi speakers left out of an ethnic group of a few thousand. They are sometimes called the Turk people.

The Moghal people tend to marry within their own tribes and prefer cross cousin marriages. They follow the same marriage rules as other Muslims living near them. Both sons and daughters receive an inheritance based on the laws of the Quran. They used to be known as soldiers in some places, however today, they are mostly farmers.

The Moghals have often served in government and public service positions. They primarily speak Nepali with others and Urdu among themselves. The Moghal families tend to only marry within their own cousin clans and give their daughters only to a select group of Muslim communities. Rings on finger, nose, toe or ear and wearing bangles are all part of identification of married women. Both sons and daughters receive inheritance. Common surnames among these communities are Mirza and Beg. The Moghals are divided into both Shiite and Sunni sects.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Outside of Afghanistan, the Moghal are divided into Shiite and Sunni sects, however in Afghanistan they are primarily Sunni Muslims. An extremely small percentage of them are evangelical. There are no resources available to them in Mogholi and no known groups working among them.


What Are Their Needs?

Mughals are known to be receptive to a variety of developmental programmes and have a positive attitude towards education. It is possible that they could be good managers of development projects that are introduced. Their families in parts of India are open to the use of modern medicines and have responded to family welfare programmes.


People Name General Moghal
People Name in Country Moghal
Population in Pakistan 1,219,000
World Population 2,988,300
Total Countries 6
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 24
Alternate Names Mugal, Mughal, Turk, मोघल
People ID 13761
ROP3 Code 106706
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Group Moghal
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups on file 3
Largest Subgroups
Turk
156,000
Chagtai
77,000
Qazalbash
900
Affinity Bloc South Asian Peoples
People Cluster Urdu Muslim
People Group Moghal
Ethnic Code CNN25r
Total Subgroups 3
  Turk 156,000
  Chagtai 77,000
  Qazalbash 900
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 8
Largest States
Punjab
637,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
166,000
Sindh
166,000
Azad Kashmir
158,000
Islamabad
50,000
Gilgit-Baltistan
40,000
Balochistan
2,100
Federally Administer
300
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 8
  Punjab 637,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 166,000
  Sindh 166,000
  Azad Kashmir 158,000
  Islamabad 50,000
  Gilgit-Baltistan 40,000
  Balochistan 2,100
  Federally Administer 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (503,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Punjabi, Western
303,000
Pashto, Central
93,000
Pashto, Northern
66,000
Shina
55,000
Saraiki
26,000
Hindko, Northern
20,000
Sindhi
19,000
Hindko, Southern
18,000
Balti
13,000
Shina, Kohistani
6,400
Kashmiri
4,500
Marwari
2,200
Bagri
1,000
Marwari
600
Kohistani, Indus
500
Other People Groups Speaking Urdu
Primary Language Urdu (503,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 20
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Punjabi, Western 303,000
  Pashto, Central 93,000
  Pashto, Northern 66,000
  Shina 55,000
  Saraiki 26,000
  Hindko, Northern 20,000
  Sindhi 19,000
  Hindko, Southern 18,000
  Balti 13,000
  Shina, Kohistani 6,400
  Kashmiri 4,500
  Marwari 2,200
  Bagri 1,000
  Marwari 600
  Kohistani, Indus 500
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religion Percent *
Buddhism
0.00 %
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
0.00 %
Hinduism
0.00 %
Islam
100.00 %
Non-Religious
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Anonymous 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source The World Missions Atlas Project 
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.


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