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.
Most Makrani live in the Indian states of Gujarat and Maharashtra. Smaller groups live other areas of north and west India.
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.
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.
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.
* 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|
|National Bible Society||Website|
|Persecution Rank||10 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Specialized Website||South Asia Peoples|
|Primary Language||Urdu (400 speakers)|
|Language Code||urd Ethnologue Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Urdu
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1758-2000)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum Bible Agencies|
|National Bible Societies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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||A Gathering of the Followers of Isa (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||God's Story Video|
|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 Greatest Sacrifice (Indigitube.tv)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)|
|General||Four Spiritual Laws|
|General||God's Simple Plan|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|