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Machhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

Machhi (Muslim traditions)

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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
2,242,000 Punjabi, Western Islam 0.00 % 0.00 % No   

Machhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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"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 northwest 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.

Scripture Focus
But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. The LORD is my portion, says my soul, therefore I will hope in him.

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Global Prayer Digest: 2019-08-09
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Country: Pakistan
Continent: Asia
Region: Asia, South
Persecution Rank:5 (Only top 50 ranked, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
10/40 Window: Yes
Population in Country:2,242,000
Largest Provinces:
Punjab (2,092,000)Sindh (108,000)
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (32,000)Islamabad (8,000)
Balochistan (700)Azad Kashmir (200)
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Ethnolinguistic Map:University of Texas or other map
  Peoples [3]
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People Name in Country: Machhi (Muslim traditions)
People Name General: Machhi (Muslim traditions)
Alternate People Names:
Mahigir MachheraTandel
मच्ची (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
ROP3 Code: 113052
Joshua Project People ID: 17618
Indigenous: Yes
Population in Country: 2,242,000
Population all Countries: 2,275,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: South Asian Peoples
People Cluster: South Asia Muslim - other
People Name General: Machhi (Muslim traditions)
Ethnic Code: CNN25
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Punjabi, Western
Language Code (ISO): pnb    Ethnologue Listing
Secondary Languages:
Bagri (Unknown)Dhatki (Unknown)
Hindko, Northern (Unknown)Hindko, Southern (Unknown)
Kacchi (Unknown)Koli, Parkari (Unknown)
Koli, Wadiyari (Unknown)Marwari (Unknown)
Pahari-Potwari (Unknown)Pashto, Central (Unknown)
Note: Only 10 largest secondary languages listed
Total Languages: 15
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.00 %(Evangelical: 0.00 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam100.00 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 1885-1922
New Testament:
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio RecordingsDAVAR Partners recording, New Testament
Audio RecordingsFather's Love Letter
Audio RecordingsOnline Scripture / Bible
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project ...
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Punjabi, Western
Film / VideoThe Return
Film / VideoThe Return
GeneralFour Spiritual Laws
GeneralGospel website in this language
GeneralGot Questions Ministry
Text / Printed MatterCartoon Gospel tract
Text / Printed MatterOnline Bible text (Scripture Earth)
Text / Printed MatterWorld Missionary Press Booklets
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Machhi (Muslim traditions) in Pakistan

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    South Asia Muslim - other     Asia, South    
      Machhi (Muslim traditions) Pakistan    
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