Machhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan


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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 NW 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.


Pray for the Followers of Christ

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.


Pray for the Entire People Group

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.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Machhi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Machhi (Muslim traditions)
Population in Pakistan 2,497,000
World Population 2,529,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 49
Progress Scale 1
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 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 7
Largest States
Punjab
2,335,000
Sindh
122,000
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
33,000
Islamabad
6,000
Balochistan
800
Federally Administer
300
Azad Kashmir
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 7
  Punjab 2,335,000
  Sindh 122,000
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 33,000
  Islamabad 6,000
  Balochistan 800
  Federally Administer 300
  Azad Kashmir 300
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,894,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
178,000
Urdu
171,000
Sindhi
39,000
Marwari
18,000
Hindko, Southern
8,400
Bagri
5,600
Koli, Wadiyara
1,000
Hindko, Northern
900
Kacchi
500
Shina, Kohistani
300
Koli, Parkari
200
Waneci
50
Other People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (1,894,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 13
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 178,000
  Urdu 171,000
  Sindhi 39,000
  Marwari 18,000
  Hindko, Southern 8,400
  Bagri 5,600
  Koli, Wadiyara 1,000
  Hindko, Northern 900
  Kacchi 500
  Shina, Kohistani 300
  Koli, Parkari 200
  Waneci 50
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1959)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon National Bible Societies
Forum of Bible Agencies World Bible Finder
Gospel Go World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video House of Love (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
General Four Spiritual Laws
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bibles, Bible League
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter EasyBibles
Text / Printed Matter World Missionary Press Booklets
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 Galen Frysinger 
Map Source Omid / Joshua Project / Global Mapping Intl  
Profile Source Joshua 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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