Pashtun, Northern in Canada

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Introduction / History

The Pashtun, or Pushtun, are a race of warriors who live primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan. They consist of about 60 tribes, each with its own territory. Although their origin is unclear, their legends say that they are the descendants of Afghana, grandson of King Saul. However, most believe they probably arose from ancient Aryans intermingling with subsequent invaders.

The Pashtuns have played an important role in the history of their region. From their community have come Muslim rulers, administrators, and soldiers. The Pashtun are said to be elegant, colorfully attired, hospitable, considerate, fierce in hatred, and kind in friendship. Though very dedicated to their religious beliefs, they are also fond of pleasure. They are known for their marksmanship and their love of honor.

Their love of honor and their location in the midst of the paths where armies have marched for centuries have made the Northern Pashtuns a strong, warlike people. There have been intense wars in their part of Afghanistan since the 1970s, leading many to leave the country in order to survive. Canada often allows war refugees to find rest in their country.

Where Are they Located?

The largest Pashtun community is in Toronto.

What Are Their Lives Like?

The Northern Pashtuns in Canada are facing culture shock. They must adjust to a new language, a different economy, and a culture that favors peace and prosperity over strife and honor.

In Canada, Pashtun tribes tend to distance themselves from one another, though they come together for cultural events. Being with people from your own tribe allows for a certain amount of comfort. Everyone in that group speaks the same dialect and has the same customs.

What Are Their Beliefs?

Pashtuns are almost exclusively Sunni Muslims. But even more important to them than Islam is their code of honor called Pashtunwali, which includes the following practices: hospitality and protection to every guest, the right of a fugitive to seek refuge, the right of blood feuds or revenge, bravery, steadfastness, righteousness, persistence, defense of property and honor, and defense of one's women.

What Are Their Needs?

The Northern Pashtuns in Canada need a safe, peaceful place to live and raise their families. They also need the chance to hear that Jesus saves sinners. They can have both in Canada.

Prayer Points

* The Northern Pashtuns have a culture that is opposed to change, which poses a challenge to anyone who wants to take the gospel to them. Pray for these spiritual walls to come down and their eyes to be open to Jesus Christ.
* With the Holy Spirit's direction, there would be no stopping the Northern Pashtuns from excelling. Pray for the Holy Spirit to invade their lives so they can use their drive for the Kingdom of God.
* Pray for a disciple-making movement among the Northern Pashtuns in Canada that will spread to Afghanistan and Pakistan.


Profile Source:   Global Prayer Digest 

People Name General Pashtun, Northern
People Name in Country Pashtun, Northern
Population in Canada 47,000
World Population 44,091,100
Total Countries 20
Indigenous No
Least-Reached Yes
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

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Ethnologue Language Map

Primary Language: Pashto, Northern (47,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Written: Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Pashto, Northern (47,000 speakers)   People group listing
Language Code: pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Primary Language: Pashto, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible Portions Yes   (1824-1989)
New Testament Yes   (1818-1991)
Complete Bible Yes   (1895)
Possible Print Bibles
Forum of Bible Agencies
Gospel Go
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Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Northern
General Got Questions Ministry
Primary Religion: Islam

Major Religion Percent
Christianity  (Evangelical 0.00 %)
0.00 %
Ethnic Religions
100.00 %
Other / Small
Christian Segments Percent
Other Christian
Roman Catholic
Photo Source: George Gavrus  
Profile Source: Global Prayer Digest 
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