Baloch Makrani in India

The Baloch Makrani have only been reported in India
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Introduction / History

The Makrani originally came from the Makrani region of Pakistan. They were brought to Gujarat as mercenary soldiers in the service of Muslim rulers. The Makrani are proud of their military tradition.

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 primary language of the Makrani is Gujarati. Many also speak Urdu.

Where Are they Located?

Most Makrani live in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Smaller groups live other areas of north and west India.

What Are Their Lives Like?

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. Sons inherit a father's property. Muslim priests officiate at important life ceremonies such as births, weddings and funerals. Their dead are buried.

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.

Castes councils called jamats promote the Makrani interests and settle legal disputes.

What Are Their Beliefs?

The Makrani are Sunnis, the largest branch of Islam. They attempt to follow the teachings of the Qur'an and the prophet Muhammad. They believe that by obeying the Five Pillars of Islam that they will gain entrance into heaven. 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 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 Baloch Makrani in India.

* Pray the Lord will open the hearts of the Makrani people to desire God's blessings through a movement of family-based discovery Bible studies.
* Pray that many of the Makrani people will come to love God with their whole being and will walk in His ways.
* Ask the Lord to raise up and send out a new generation of fruitful, multiplying witnesses from among the Makrani people.


Profile Source:   David Kugel  

People Name General Baloch Makrani
People Name in Country Baloch Makrani
World Population 400
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names बलोच, मकरानी
People ID 20208
ROP3 Code 115965
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)
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 1
  Gujarat 400
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Urdu (400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 1
Primary Language Urdu (400 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 1
People Groups Speaking Urdu

Primary Language:  Urdu

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1747-1894)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1758-2000)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1843-2016)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
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 - Easy to Read (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Pakistan Bible Society (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Hope Video
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer
Film / Video The Savior 8 - Jesus is Risen
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
Primary Religion: Islam
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Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
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0.00 %
100.00 %
0.00 %
Other / Small
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Photo Source Anonymous 
Profile Source David Kugel  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest India census data.  Current values may differ.