Machhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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

Introduction

"Machhi" refers to fish, and the Machhi people have a history of being fishermen. Most of the Muslim Machhi live in Pakistan, but there are some in northwest India as well. They have three subgroups: the Sial, Wajan and Sanjri. Inherited property is usually shared by the sons but the widow receives a 12% share of her husband's property. Birth rituals, circumcision, marriage and death rituals are performed according to Islamic rules, along with some Hindu ritual observances. Glass bangles, nose-pin and toe-rings are the symbols of marriage for women. They are Sunni Muslims. Their sacred specialists are from other Muslim communities.


Ministry Obstacles

Pakistan does not offer welcome to Christian missionaries, not by any means. Dangers are real and numerous.


Outreach Ideas

Prayer is probably what is most needed for the peoples of Pakistan; sustained, informed, and focused prayer. Spiritual opposition to the Gospel is intense.


Prayer Focus

It is not likely there are any followers of Jesus among the Macchi people of Pakistan and India, although there may be a few secret believers. If there are believers, they need our prayers. Pray they won't revert back to their former religion, as this is not unlikely. Please pray the Macchi people will not gain satisfaction from their religion that demands so much from them. Pray they will begin to search for a savior from their sins, one who not only gives them assurance of eternal life but helps them with the day-to-day problems of this life, as well.


Scripture Prayers for the Machhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

Additional Info
Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-09
People Name General Machhi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Machhi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation mah-CHEE
Population this Country 2,265,000
Population all Countries 2,282,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 45
Alternate Names Daya; Macchiyara; Machchhi; Machera; Machhi; Machhiyara; Machhua; Mahigar; Mahigir Machhera; Tandel; मच्ची (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17618
ROP3 Code 113052
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 6
Largest States
Punjab
2,091,000
Sindh
125,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
37,000
Islamabad
9,600
Balochistan
900
Azad Kashmir
200
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 8  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 6
  Punjab 2,091,000
  Sindh 125,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 37,000
  Islamabad 9,600
  Balochistan 900
  Azad Kashmir 200
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,214,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
1,097,000
Urdu
173,000
Marwari
111,000
Sindhi
78,000
Pahari-Potwari
23,000
Hindko, Southern
18,000
Bagri
9,600
Hindko, Northern
5,400
Dhatki
2,200
Pashto, Central
2,100
Kacchi
600
Koli, Wadiyari
400
Koli, Parkari
200
Pashto, Northern
50
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,214,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 15
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 1,097,000
  Urdu 173,000
  Marwari 111,000
  Sindhi 78,000
  Pahari-Potwari 23,000
  Hindko, Southern 18,000
  Bagri 9,600
  Hindko, Northern 5,400
  Dhatki 2,200
  Pashto, Central 2,100
  Kacchi 600
  Koli, Wadiyari 400
  Koli, Parkari 200
  Pashto, Northern 50
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-1952)
Bible-Complete No
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
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / Video The Return
Film / Video The Return
General Biblical answers to your questions
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Gospel resources links
General Gospel website in this language
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations
Text / Printed Matter Topical Scripture booklets and Bible studies
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 Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source (Representative photo)
Copyrighted © 2022  Yousuf Manjothi - Shutterstock  All rights reserved.  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more


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