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.
The largest Pashtun community is in Toronto.
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.
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.
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.
* 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||1,400|
|Pioneer Workers Needed||1 to 2|
|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|
|Primary Language||Pashto, Northern (1,400 speakers)|
|Language Code||pbu Ethnologue Listing|
|Written||Yes ScriptSource Listing|
|People Groups||Speaking Pashto, Northern|
Primary Language: Pashto, Northern
|Bible Translation ▲||Status (Years)|
|Bible-New Testament||Yes (1818-1991)|
|Possible Print Bibles|
|Forum of Bible Agencies|
|World Bible Finder|
|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|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|