Pashtun, Pathan in Sri Lanka


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Introduction / History

The Pashtuns first arrived in Sri Lanka as traders from the 15th to the 19th century. In the 19th century, there were economic troubles in their homeland that led some of them to settle either in southern India or Sri Lanka. Those who stayed permanently established their households by marrying local women. As time went on the Pashtuns tended to blend in with other Muslim peoples of Sri Lanka.


Where Are they Located?

The vast majority of the Pashtuns still live in either Afghanistan or Pakistan, but some have migrated to other parts of the world including Sri Lanka.


What Are Their Lives Like?

Since the Pashtuns have been in Sri Lanka for many years, they are not as distinct as they are in other parts of the world. On a social level they are blended in with other Muslim peoples whom they meet at the Sunni Muslim mosques. But they have not blended in with other peoples in Sri Lanka in regards to religious beliefs.


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 Sri Lanka. They remain Sunni Muslims. Their religion is an important part of their identity as a people.


What Are Their Needs?

Pashtuns need the Holy Spirit to do what only He can do: Open their eyes so they can see Jesus as he really is.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pashtun, Pathan in Sri Lanka.

* Ask God to call those who are willing to go to Sri Lanka and share Christ with the Pashtuns and other Muslim peoples.
* Pray that God will encourage and protect the small number of Pashtun believers wherever they live.
* Ask God to soften the hearts of the Pashtuns 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 Sri Lanka.


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14256/CE
https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14256/AF
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pashtun_diaspora
http://gandhara.rferl.org/a/marriage-pashtun-diaspora-women/26942128.html
https://wn.com/pashtun_diaspora
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pathans_of_Sri_Lanka
http://wikivisually.com/wiki/Pathans_of_Sri_Lanka
http://asianworldnews.co.uk/featured/the-forgotten-afghans-of-sri-lanka/


Profile Source:   Keith Carey  

People Name General Pashtun, Pathan
People Name in Country Pashtun, Pathan
Pronunciation pahsh-TOON
World Population 11,705,000
Total Countries 4
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names पश्तून, पठान
People ID 21537
ROP3 Code 116298
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 9
Largest States
Eastern
11,000
Western
9,500
Central
6,700
North Western
5,400
North Central
2,600
Sabaragamuwa
2,100
Northern
1,000
Southern
900
Uva
800
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Sri Lanka
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 46  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 9
  Eastern 11,000
  Western 9,500
  Central 6,700
  North Western 5,400
  North Central 2,600
  Sabaragamuwa 2,100
  Northern 1,000
  Southern 900
  Uva 800
Website South Asia Peoples
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
Bengali Pashto, Southern Urdu
Primary Language Tamil
Language Code tam   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 4
Secondary Languages
  Bengali
  Pashto, Southern
  Urdu
People Groups Speaking Tamil

Primary Language:  Tamil

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1714-1956)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1715-1998)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1727-2002)
Bible-NT Audio Online
Bible-NT Text Online
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
World Bible Finder
World Bibles
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Father's Love Letter
Audio Recordings General Ministry Resources
Audio Recordings Online New Testament (FCBH)
Audio Recordings Online Scripture (Talking Bibles)
Audio Recordings Oral Bible
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video Following Jesus (India, JF Project)
Film / Video General Ministry Resources
Film / Video God's Story Video
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Tamil
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video My Last Day (Jesus Film Project Anime)
Film / Video Story of Jesus for Children (JF Project)
General Bible Visuals
General God's Simple Plan
General Got Questions Ministry
Mobile App Download Bible from Google Play Store
Text / Printed Matter Bible
Text / Printed Matter Bible: Old Version Bible
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
0.00 %
Other / Small
0.00 %
Unknown
0.00 %
Photo Source Meena Kadri  Creative Commons  Used with permission
Map Source People Group Location: Omid. Other geography / data: GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project  
Profile Source Keith Carey  
Data Sources Data is compiled from various sources. Read more
* Religion Values From latest Sri Lanka census data.  Current values may differ.