Mochi (Muslim traditions) in India


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* From latest India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

Introduction / History

If you were to purchase any sort of saddle or leather shoes in the area of northern India and Nepal, chances are good that it was put together by a Mochi. The name "Mochi" comes from the Sanskrit mochika and the Hindi word Mojna which mean "to fold." While the Chamars would do the initial slaughtering and preparation of the cattle hide, the Mochis are the ones who typically do the finishing work on the leather items.


What Are Their Lives Like?

In Hindu dominated cultures like we find in India, people are given low status for doing menial or unpleasant work, especially anything having to do with dead animals. This attitude spills over to the Muslim peoples. For this reason, the Chamars have very low status. The Mochis are somewhat more respected than the Chamars. There has been a long running competition between the two groups for superiority. However, in some areas the two groups are indistinguishable.

Educational standards are quite low for the Mochis. Their customs allow for polygamy, but they do not widely practice it. Sons usually marry at around age 17, while daughters marry sooner. Mochis usually marry off their daughters earlier than Chamars.


What Are Their Beliefs?

These people are Sunni Muslims who believe that the 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 Friday afternoons at a mosque, their place of worship.

The two main holidays for Sunni Muslims are Eid al Fitr, the breaking of the monthly fast and Eid al Adha, the celebration of Abraham’s willingness to sacrifice his son to Allah.

Sunni religious practices are staid and simple. They believe that Allah has pre-determined our fates; they minimize free will.

In most of the Muslim world, people depend on the spirit world for their daily needs since they regard Allah as too distant. Allah may determine their eternal salvation, but the spirits determine how well we live in our daily lives. For that reason, they must appease the spirits. They often use charms and amulets to help them with spiritual forces.


What Are Their Needs?

The Mochi people, be they Muslim or Hindu, need to understand that God gives them worth because they are created in his image. They do not have to live with contempt.


Prayer Points

Pray for the Muslim Mochi people in India to find their worth and dignity in a vibrant relationship with Jesus Christ.

Pray that the Church will begin connecting with Mochi Muslims.

Pray for a harvest of souls among the Mochi Muslims.

Pray for Muslim background Mochis to disciple others who will disciple still others.

Pray for spiritual discernment and a desire for truth.


Scripture Prayers for the Mochi (Muslim traditions) in India.


Profile Source:   Joshua Project  

People Name General Mochi (Muslim traditions)
People Name in Country Mochi (Muslim traditions)
Pronunciation MOH-chee
Population this Country 78,000
Population all Countries 3,586,000
Total Countries 3
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 2
Alternate Names Charaikar; Das; Dhapal; Jatia; Machi; Mukeri; Rabidas; Raighar; Ramdasi; Raudari; Ravida; Rehgar; Rishi; Ruidas; Sajgar; Sochi; Sonani; मोची (मुस्लिम ट्रेडिशन्स)
People ID 17625
ROP3 Code 113060
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 on file 15
Largest States
Uttar Pradesh
27,000
Gujarat
21,000
Madhya Pradesh
10,000
West Bengal
7,000
Jammu and Kashmir
3,800
Punjab
3,600
Jharkhand
1,400
Bihar
1,300
Haryana
1,000
Telangana
800
Uttarakhand
800
Chandigarh
200
Himachal Pradesh
80
Daman and Diu
20
Karnataka
20
Districts Interactive map, listing and data download
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 15
  Uttar Pradesh 27,000
  Gujarat 21,000
  Madhya Pradesh 10,000
  West Bengal 7,000
  Jammu and Kashmir 3,800
  Punjab 3,600
  Jharkhand 1,400
  Bihar 1,300
  Haryana 1,000
  Telangana 800
  Uttarakhand 800
  Chandigarh 200
  Himachal Pradesh 80
  Daman and Diu 20
  Karnataka 20
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Urdu (38,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages
(only 15 largest shown)
Gujarati
15,000
Bengali
5,300
Punjabi, Eastern
3,300
Kashmiri
1,300
Bhojpuri
900
Saraiki
500
Telugu
300
Hindi: Hindustani
200
Dogri
200
Awadhi
200
Malvi
100
Bagri
100
Bundeli
100
Bhadrawahi
80
Maithili
60
Primary Language Urdu (38,000 speakers)
Language Code urd   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 19
Secondary Languages (only 15 largest shown)
  Gujarati 15,000
  Bengali 5,300
  Punjabi, Eastern 3,300
  Kashmiri 1,300
  Bhojpuri 900
  Saraiki 500
  Telugu 300
  Hindi: Hindustani 200
  Dogri 200
  Awadhi 200
  Malvi 100
  Bagri 100
  Bundeli 100
  Bhadrawahi 80
  Maithili 60
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  (1843-2022)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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 Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Online New Testament Faith Comes by Hearing
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio Jesus Film Project
Audio Recordings Urdu Online Audio Bible General / Other
Film / Video God's Love Story General / Other
Film / Video God's Story video God's Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation Create International
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Urdu Jesus Film Project
Film / Video LUMO film of Gospels Bible Media Group/LUMO
Film / Video Magdalena video Jesus Film Project
Film / Video My Last Day video, anime Jesus Film Project
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children Jesus Film Project
Film / Video The Hope Video Mars Hill Media
Film / Video The Prophets' Story Create International
Film / Video The Savior 6 - The Lord's Prayer Create International
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 India census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Photo Source Steve Evans - Flickr  Creative Commons 
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Joshua Project  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more