The Pashtuns, or Pushtuns, 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 Pashtun people have played an important role in the history of their region. From their community have come Muslim rulers, administrators, and soldiers.
The Pashtuns 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.
The vast majority of the Pashtuns live in Afghanistan or Pakistan, but there is also a large diaspora that has gone to the West, including Copenhagen, Denmark.
Pashtuns are seeking asylum because of constant war in Afghanistan. This ongoing situation, which began in 1979, has made Denmark reluctant to take in more Pashtuns as war refugees, especially as more war refugees pour in from Iraq and Syria.
Living in a land that upholds warlike behavior does not prepare Pashtuns for life in peaceful Denmark. The Danes highly value the peace that they have enjoyed since the end of WWII.
The Pashtuns who have enough money to flee to Europe usually have some money and education, but because of their lack of local language skills, they are often underemployed. The more fortunate among them are able to take professional jobs, but this usually requires them to have advanced language skills.
The majority of Pashtun are Sunni Muslims. Islam came to them as a great liberating and unifying force, freeing them from the harsh excesses of Buddhism and Hinduism. For this reason, their underlying faith and steadfast devotion to Islam are very strong. In recent years, there have been some Muslim refugees in Europe starting fellowships for Muslim background believers (MBBs).
The Pashtuns have lived with war as a normal part of life, especially since 1979. Those who have gone to Denmark are looking for ways to make an honest living without the hindrance of war and destruction. Most of those who make their way to Europe have some money and education, but they need language skills.
* Ask God to raise up prayer teams that will break up the soil through worship and intercession.
* Ask God to grant wisdom and favor to mission agencies that are focusing on Muslim peoples in Denmark.
* Ask God to encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers. Pray that they may display the fruit of the Holy Spirit in such a way that other Pashtuns in Europe will be drawn to the Savior.
* Ask the Lord to raise up a disciple making movement among the Pashtuns in Denmark.
|Profile Source: Keith Carey|
|People Name General||Pashtun Northern|
|People Name in Country||Pashtun Northern|
|Population in Denmark||12,000|
|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 (12,000 speakers)|
|Language Code||pbu Ethnologue Listing|
|Language 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|
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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|
|Film / Video||Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)|
|General||Got Questions Ministry|
|Major Religion ▲||Percent *|
|Christianity (Evangelical 0.00 %)||
|Other / Small||
|Christian Segments ▲||Percent|