Sindhi Mohana in Pakistan


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Largest Religion
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Introduction / History

The Sindhi Mohana people are mentioned in the Chach Nama, one of the key sources for the history of Sindh Province. This was written in the 7th or 8th century, and it chronicles the rise and fall of two dynasties before the rise of the Arab Empire which conquered this land.

The Sindhi Mohana people call themselves, Mir Bahana, which means, "Lord of the sea." They have traditionally been fishermen.


Where Are they Located?

The Sindhi Mohana people live mainly in Pakistan's Sindh Province, though many also live in Punjab, Pakistan's largest province. A smaller number are in Baloch Province. If you wanted to find this people group, a good place to look would be the shores of Lake Manchar, a manmade lake created in the 1930s and fed with fresh water by two canals. Another good place to find them is in the city of Karachi where they often work on fishing trawlers.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Though many are still fishermen, others are boatmen or sailors. Like other ethnic groups in Sindh Province, the Mohanas speak Sindhi. There are numerous subgroups of the Mohanas, and they are allowed to intermarry.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Oddly enough, these simple fishermen are drawn to the complex sector of Islam known as Sunni Hanafi Fiqh. Most Muslims are Sunnis, but "Hanafi" refers to an Islamic scholar's interpretation of Sharia Law. Fiqh refers to the human understanding of Sharia Law and the observance of Islamic rituals and morals.


What Are Their Needs?

The Sindhi Mohanas live in a country that is closed to the gospel. Only Sunni Muslims have good status; members of other sects of Islam are often violently persecuted. They have no choice but to remain Muslim since the "gatekeepers" prevent outsiders from sharing other spiritual believes. The great missionary statesman, William Carey, referred to such groups as "no choice" peoples.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Sindhi Mohana in Pakistan.

* Pray for spiritual hunger and a desire for truth that will give this Sindhi people group the willingness to seek and find answers.
* Pray for the Lord to thrust out workers to the Sindhi Mohana people.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement to flourish among this people group and spread to other communities in Pakistan.


References

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mohana_(tribe)
https://www.sindhidunya.com/mohana-tribe/
https://ipfs.io/ipfs/QmXoypizjW3WknFiJnKLwHCnL72vedxjQkDDP1mXWo6uco/wiki/Mohana_(Sindhi_tribe).html


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Sindhi Mohana
People Name in Country Sindhi Mohana
World Population 586,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 12
Alternate Names सिंधी मोहना
People ID 18136
ROP3 Code 113643
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 1
  Sindh 575,000
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Sindhi (507,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
Saraiki
15,000
Urdu
6,600
Kacchi
4,500
Koli, Parkari
3,300
Gurgula
1,400
Dhatki
500
Primary Language Sindhi (507,000 speakers)
Language Code snd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 7
Secondary Languages
  Saraiki 15,000
  Urdu 6,600
  Kacchi 4,500
  Koli, Parkari 3,300
  Gurgula 1,400
  Dhatki 500
People Groups Speaking Sindhi

Primary Language:  Sindhi

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1825-1981)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1890-1992)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1954)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Sindhi
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Common Language New Testament
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible (Bibles India)
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Cutepakistan  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Pakistan census data.  Current values may differ.