Makrani (Muslim traditions) in India


Population
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

The Makrani originally came from the Makrani region of Pakistan. There is a Makrani subgroup that is associated with Pakistan’s Baloch population. They were brought to Gujarat as mercenary soldiers in the service of Muslim rulers. The Makrani are proud of their military tradition. The primary language of the Makrani is Gujarati. Many also speak Urdu.


Where Are they Located?

India’s Makrani population is in Gujarat, though there are others in nearby Pakistan.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Today most Makrani work in agriculture although some still serve in the military and as law enforcement officers. Others work in trade and business.

The Makrani marry within their gotra or clan. Monogamy is the rule although having more than one wife is legal. Families arrange marriages with the consent of the young people. The newly married couple usually lives with or near the groom's parent. Muslim priests officiate at important life ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. Caste councils called jamats promote the Makrani interests and settle legal disputes.

The Makrani are not vegetarians. They eat meat with the exception of pork, which is forbidden for Muslims. Their main foods are rice, wheat, lentils, dairy products and vegetables.


What Are Their Beliefs?

The Makrani are Sunnis, the largest branch of Islam. They attempt to follow the teachings of the Koran and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that by obeying the Five Pillars of Islam that they will earn the favor of Allah. The Makrani pray five times a day facing towards Mecca, fast for the month of Ramadan and attend mosques on Friday. They will also make a pilgrimage to Mecca once in their lifetime if they have the means. The two main yearly holidays of the Makrani are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the feast of the sacrifice.


What Are Their Needs?

The Makrani people in India need to hear the life-changing message of Jesus in a way they can understand. They need to see the love and mercy of Christ lived out in practical ways before them. They must realize that only through Jesus or Isa will God forgive their sins.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Makrani (Muslim traditions) in India.

* Pray the Makrani people in India will gain no satisfaction from their traditional religion but will instead hunger to know the God who loves them and who has revealed Himself in His son, Jesus the Messiah.
* Pray for his kingdom to come and his will to be done among the Makrani people in India and Pakistan.
* Pray for a movement of Mahrani households to study the Bible and accept the blessings of Christ.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17420/IN
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/17420/PK
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Makrani_caste
https://www.britannica.com/topic/Makrani
https://www.nature.com/articles/d41586-017-05917-6
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25454536


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Makrani (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Makrani (Muslim traditions)
Population this Country 28,000
Population all Countries 113,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Makh; Makhdum; Makrana; मकरानी (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17420
ROP3 Code 112821
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Gujarat
25,000
Maharashtra
2,800
Haryana
100
Daman and Diu
90
Punjab
80
Dadra and Nagar Have
70
Chandigarh
10
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country India
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 10  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Gujarat 25,000
  Maharashtra 2,800
  Haryana 100
  Daman and Diu 90
  Punjab 80
  Dadra and Nagar Have 70
  Chandigarh 10
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Gujarati (23,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
Urdu
4,300
Kacchi
80
Punjabi, Eastern
80
Marathi
50
Primary Language Gujarati (23,000 speakers)
Language Code guj   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 5
Secondary Languages
  Urdu 4,300
  Kacchi 80
  Punjabi, Eastern 80
  Marathi 50
People Groups Speaking Gujarati

Primary Language:  Gujarati

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1809-1965)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1820-1985)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1823-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Creation to Christ
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Gujarati
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
General God's Simple Plan
General Gospel website in this language
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible: ગુજરાતી - Gujarati
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Father's Love Letter
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
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Profile Source Keith Carey  
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