Mali (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 / History

The Mali people are known as growers of flowers and vegetables. In India most are Hindu, but in Pakistan they are usually Muslim. A sizable minority converted to Islam during the eras of the Delhi Sultanate and Moghul Empire. Most of the Muslim Mali moved to Pakistan during the Partition of 1947. A smaller group remained in India. The Muslim Mali are part of the fourth caste of laborers. Some claim to be Rajputs although they are seen as low caste by the higher castes. Flowers and garlands play a large part in Hindu life ceremonies especially weddings. Muslims do not make flowers a big part of their life ceremonies. As a result, many Muslim Mali grow vegetables, sugarcane and lentils along with flowers. The primary language of the Muslim Mali in Pakistan is Punjabi.


What Are Their Lives Like?

There is great variety in the lives of Muslim Mali. Educated Mali work in the professions while some Mali work as landless day laborers. Some own the land they cultivate. Others work on the land own by others. Most Muslim Mali would fit into the lower middle class. Muslim Mali marry within their group, most of the time outside their clan. Families arrange marriages. Sons inherit property with the eldest son receiving the family home and father’s title. Most boys go on to a secondary education while the girls only receive a primary education. Illiteracy is a problem among the Mali people, which hinders their economic advancement. A caste council settles legal disputes and promotes their interests. Muslim Mali do not eat pork but will eat other types of meat. Their stable foods are rice and vegetables.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Though most Mali people are Hindu, some are Sunni Muslim converts. Sunni Muslims believe that the one, Supreme God, Allah, spoke through his prophet, Mohammed, and taught mankind how to live a righteous life through the Koran and the Hadith. To live a righteous life, you must utter the Shahada (a statement of faith), pray five times a day facing Mecca, fast from sunup to sundown during the month of Ramadan, give alms to the poor, and make a pilgrimage to Mecca if you have the means. Muslims are prohibited from drinking alcohol, eating pork, gambling, stealing, slandering, and making idols. They gather for corporate prayer on Fridays at a mosque, their place of worship. But like most South Asian Muslims who were once Hindus, the Mali are not this orthodox; Hindu practices linger.


What Are Their Needs?

The Muslim Mali would benefit from access to modern medicine. Solar panels could help rural Mali. The children of Mali need to attend secondary schools, which lead to college. Agricultural experts could help the Mali with increased crop yields. Most of all, the Mali need to hear and respond to the message of Isa or Jesus. He alone can forgive their sin and get them right with the one, true God.


Prayer Points

Pray for workers to go to the Muslim Mali people, and for their hearts to be ready to receive their Savior. Pray for networks of believing families and fellowships that will throw the doors open for others to follow Jesus. Pray for the Lord to bless the families among the Mali people with His presence and mercy. Pray for believers among this people group to disciple others who will disciple still others.


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


References

https://peoplegroupsindia.com/profiles/mali/


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mali (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mali (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation MAH-lee
Population this Country 75,000
Population all Countries 92,000
Total Countries 2
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names Dilliwal Shaikh; Phulmali; Phulvadhio; Rani; Rani Mali; माली (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 18787
ROP3 Code 114474
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 2
Largest States
Punjab
70,000
Sindh
3,400
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 2
  Punjab 70,000
  Sindh 3,400
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (38,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
Hindko, Southern
17,000
Saraiki
12,000
Urdu
2,700
Pahari-Potwari
2,600
Sindhi
2,200
Pashto, Central
500
Dhatki
200
Marwari
70
Primary Language Punjabi, Western (38,000 speakers)
Language Code pnb   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 9
Secondary Languages
  Hindko, Southern 17,000
  Saraiki 12,000
  Urdu 2,700
  Pahari-Potwari 2,600
  Sindhi 2,200
  Pashto, Central 500
  Dhatki 200
  Marwari 70
People Groups Speaking Punjabi, Western

Primary Language:  Punjabi, Western

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1885-1922)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1819-2021)
Bible-Complete No
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
World Bibles
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name Source
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching Global Recordings Network
Audio Recordings DAVAR Partners recording, New Testament DAVAR Partners International
Audio Recordings Love letter to you from scripture Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings Online Scripture / Bible General / Other
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Return Create International
Film / Video The Return Create International
General Bible for Children Bible for Children
General Biblical answers to your questions Got Questions Ministry
General Four Spiritual Laws Campus Crusade for Christ
General Gospel resources links Scripture Earth
General Gospel website in this language General / Other
General Zume Resources Zume Project
General Zume Training Zume Project
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Punjabi, Western YouVersion Bibles
Text / Printed Matter Cartoon Gospel tract General / Other
Text / Printed Matter Literacy primer for Punjabi, Western Literacy & Evangelism International
Text / Printed Matter Tools for faith conversations Campus Crusade for Christ
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.
Map Source People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more