The Sindhi of Afghanistan are part of a much larger Sindhi people group. This larger group is the second largest ethnic group in Pakistan. The Sindhi, named after the Sindhu (Indus) River, are also said to be one of the oldest people groups in Pakistan. Most of them have lived there for centuries and call themselves the pukka, or "real," Sindhi. Some have traced their origin back to the Arab invaders who introduced Islam to Pakistan in 711 A.D. Prior to 1947, Muslim and Hindu Sindhi lived together in the same region. Today, however, most of the Hindu Sindhi live in India and most of the Muslim Sindhi live in Pakistan, but a smaller number of these Muslims spilled over into neighboring Afghanistan. Other Sindhi are scattered all over the world, from the oil fields of Oman to the business centers of Hong Kong and Singapore. These are the fortunate few; most of the Muslim Sindhis who remain in their Pakistani and Afghan homeland are less prosperous.
Today, a majority of the Sindhi in Afghanistan are engaged in irrigation farming. Their principal crops include wheat, rice, cotton, sugarcane, various fruits, and oilseed. Some farmers also raise sheep, goats and camels. The Sindhi living in cities often work as merchants, physicians, lawyers, and teachers. Those in rural areas abide in mud or baked-brick houses built close together for protection. Even very small homes are surrounded by high walls. The houses are designed so that male guests never see the women.
The family is the basic unity of Sindhi society, with the male head being the authority. Generally, Muslim Sindhi women stay home, leaving only for special occasions such as visiting the temple or calling on relatives. They wear long black dresses and cover their faces with heavy veils. The Sindhi traditionally do not marry outside of their own social classes. They prefer marriages between first cousins, and long engagements are common. The wedding ceremony includes a reading from the Koran and is performed by a local Muslim teacher.
The Sindhis in Afghanistan hold many of their own festivals in a given year. They celebrate with singing, dancing and reading poetry.
Most of the Sindhi in Afghanistan are Muslim. The majority of the rural Sindhi, however, have no clear understanding of their Muslim faith and still believe in "folk spirits." Before 1947, many Hindu and Muslim practices were combined. For example, it was not uncommon for both Hindus and Muslims to venerate the same saint. Today, the practice of saint worship still persists. There are also Sufi shrines in Sindhi communities. Two religious ceremonies are closely related to birth: naming the child and shaving its head. At the naming ceremony, the father whispers, "Allah is great," into the child's ear so that Allah's name is the first thing the child hears. The head-shaving ceremony seems to be a symbolic act of sacrifice. The young child's head is shaved, and the hair is buried along with the bones of a sacrificed goat.
The Muslim Sindhis need the chance to put all their trust in Jesus Christ, sent by the Living God to bless all nations. They also need abundant rain for their crops so they can have an adequate harvest.
* Scripture Prayers for the Sindhi in Afghanistan.
Pray for abundant rain so the Sindhis can have an abundant harvest as a testimony of God's mercy and power.
Pray for the gift of faith to come to Muslim Sindhi family and community leaders so they can open the door for a movement to Christ.
Pray for peace in Afghanistan so ideas can flow freely in this volatile region.
Pray for the Lord to thrust out Holy Spirit anointed workers to the Muslim Sindhis in Afghanistan.
|Profile Source: Joshua Project|
|People Name General||Sindhi|
|People Name in Country||Sindhi|
|Population this Country||25,000|
|Population all Countries||173,000|
|Progress Scale||1 ●|
|Frontier People Group||Yes|
|GSEC||1 (per PeopleGroups.org)|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1|
|Persecution Rank||2 (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)|
|Primary Language||Sindhi (25,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||snd Ethnologue Listing|
|Dialect Code||16748 Global Recordings Listing|
|Language Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
Primary Language: Sindhi
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1890-1992)|
|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 (FCBH)|
|Audio Recordings||Oral Bible|
|Audio Recordings||Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||Indigitube.tv Video / Animation|
|Film / Video||Jesus Film: view in Sindhi|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|Film / Video||The Hope Video|
|Film / Video||The Prophets' Story|
|General||Gospel website in this language|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Mobile App||Download audio Bible app as APK file from FCBH|
|Text / Printed Matter||Bible: Common Language New Testament|
|Text / Printed Matter||Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)|
|Text / Printed Matter||World Missionary Press Booklets|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.08 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|