Pashtun, Pathan in Bangladesh


Population
168,000
Main Language
Largest Religion
Christian
Evangelical
Progress
Progress Gauge

Introduction / History

Passionate is a word that well describes much about the Pashtun tribes, who originated in Pakistan and Afghanistan. They are said to love or hate with equal intensity, displaying fierce loyalty to friends, yet defending the right of badal - revenge or blood feuds where enemies are concerned. An old proverb reveals much, "He is no Pashtun who does not give a blow for a punch." Thus, it is no surprise that the infamous Taliban fighters of Afghanistan originated among the Pashtun.

Though the Taliban is far from Bangladesh, some Pashtuns have made their way to that distant part of South Asia. Like the Bengali majority, they adhere to Sunni Islam.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Pashtuns live in Afghanistan and Pakistan, but others live outside their traditional homelands including Bangladesh.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Pashtun culture adheres to a rigid, unwritten "code of ethics" - the Pushtunwali (the way of the Pashtun). Behavior expected without question includes hospitality and protection for guests, provision of refuge to a fugitive and acceptance of a sincere offer of peace, bravery, steadfastness, persistence, defense of property and family honor and protection of female relatives - values for which death is not too high a price to pay.

Hard lives, however, find joy and relaxation in music that includes folk songs or dancing accompanied by stringed instruments and tambourines. Poetry and storytelling have long been favorite pastimes, as are segregated gatherings just to visit or to have pleasant conversation with friends.


What Are Their Beliefs?

Members of the Islamic religion are very difficult to influence. Pashtuns who decide to follow Christ are likely to be banished from their families. Consequently, there have been very few spiritual inroads among the Pashtuns wherever they live, including Bangladesh.


What Are Their Needs?

revenge and lack of forgiveness. There can be no spiritual progress until they realize that they must let go of the things that hold them back spiritually.


Prayer Points

* Pray for peace in the hearts of the Pashtun peoples.
* Ask God to call those who are willing to go to Bangladesh and share Christ with the Pashtun.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtun towards believers so that they will be open to the gospel.
Pray for an unstoppable disciple making movement among the Pashtuns that will affect their communities in Bangladesh.


References

(info is only about other countries, but can be generalized)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sZY2SGIM8LQ
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashtuns
http://www.pashtunforums.com/pashtun-history-/30829-pashtuns-bangladesh.html
http://www.khyberwatch.com/forums/showthread.php?9039-The-Pathans-in-Bangladesh


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Pathan
Population in Bangladesh 168,000
World Population 44,270,800
Total Countries 20
Indigenous Yes
Unreached Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 4 to 5
Progress Scale 1
Alternate Names Afghan, Eastern Pashto, Eastern Pathan, Khan Saheb, Khans, Musalman, Paktoons, Pashtun, Western, Pathan, Pushtun, Pushtun Afghan, Safi, Shafi, Western Pathan, पश्तून, नॉर्दर्न
People ID 14256
ROP3 Code 107909
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 7
Largest States
Dhaka
(51,000)
Rangpur
(29,000)
Rajshahi
(27,000)
Chittagong
(22,000)
Khulna
(21,000)
Sylhet
(8,600)
Barisal
(8,500)
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Bangladesh
Region South Asia
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
Persecution Rank 26  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 7
  Dhaka (51,000)
  Rangpur (29,000)
  Rajshahi (27,000)
  Chittagong (22,000)
  Khulna (21,000)
  Sylhet (8,600)
  Barisal (8,500)
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Bengali (135,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
Sylheti
(6,600)
Chittagonian
(4,100)
Urdu
(4,000)
Pashto, Central
(900)
Kok Borok
(40)
People Groups Speaking Bengali
Primary Language Bengali (135,000 speakers)
Language Code ben   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 6
Secondary Languages
  Sylheti (6,600)
  Chittagonian (4,100)
  Urdu (4,000)
  Pashto, Central (900)
  Kok Borok (40)
People Groups Speaking Bengali

Primary Language:  Bengali

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes   (1800-1980)
Bible-New Testament Yes   (1801-1984)
Bible-Complete Yes   (1809-2000)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
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Amazon
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Bengali Bible stories
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Bangla Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament - Mussolmani Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online New Testament- Common Version (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible stories in Bengali
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video I Am Guilty (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Bengali
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Rivka (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
Film / Video The Burning Heart (Indigitube.tv)
Film / Video The Prophets Story (Indigitube.tv)
General Bible Visuals
General Four Spiritual Laws
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
Unknown
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source George Gavrus  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
Religion Values * From Bangladesh census data.  Current values may differ.


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