Dilazak Pashtun in Pakistan

The Pashtun Dilazak have only been reported in Pakistan
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Largest Religion
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* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.

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Introduction / History

The Dilazaks are one of the Pashtun tribes in Pakistan. The Pashtuns have been called the largest Muslim tribal society in the world. There are at least 30 major tribes, and countless sub-tribes and clans. Spread over a vast geographical area and riven by socio-economic, political, tribal and linguistic (dialectical) differences, Pashtuns nevertheless share a unique sense of common identity. Pashtun identity is based on four elements: Heritage (descent from a common ancestor); Islam (99.9% Muslim); the Pashtunwali Code of Honor ("The Way of the Pashtun"); and to some extent, language (Pakhtu or Pashto). They live primarily in Afghanistan and Pakistan, though there is a significant Pashtun diaspora in the Arab Gulf and many Western countries.


What Are Their Lives Like?

They have a lot of bad blood between themselves and the Yousafzai tribe, which led to bloody battles about 500 years ago. For this reason, they now live in Pakistan rather than their original Afghanistan. More significant than dialectical differences, a Pashtun’s primary loyalty is to his particular social group (tribe or sub-tribe).


What Are Their Beliefs?

Whether they are new in Western countries or they have never been to the original Pashtun homeland, Dilazak Pashtuns almost always identify themselves as Muslims. They will be married in a mosque, and to be associated with another religious system would be unacceptable in their community. Those who want to take Christ to the Dilazak Pashtuns will need to do just that; take Christ to them, not a religious system. The Pashtunwali Code of Honor erodes among Pashtuns who live in urban settings. Some of them have only a weak identity as Muslims or as Pashtuns. They need to find their identity in the Savior who loves them and wants them to be transformed into His likeness. No one knows how many Pashtuns are following Jesus. Seeds of the gospel have been sown widely. The greatest barriers to faith are social and cultural, leaving us with the challenge of allowing Pashtuns to embrace Christ while keeping their culture and traditions.


What Are Their Needs?

All Pashtun tribes need an encounter with the Risen Lord that will help them to see their desperate spiritual state without a savior.


Prayer Points

* Scripture Prayers for the Pashtun Dilazak in Pakistan.

* Pray for the production and distribution of all forms of media in the Pashtu language, including literature, videos, music, movies, radio, websites, and social media. The demand and response have increased! * Pray for Bible translations in progress for all the Pashtu dialects. * Pray for more workers to serve among the Pashtun people—in education, business, healthcare, development, and other professional areas!


References

https://joshuaproject.net/people_groups/14256/PK https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dilazak


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People Name General Pashtun Dilazak
People Name in Country Pashtun Dilazak
Natural Name Dilazak Pashtun
Population this Country 27,000
Population all Countries 27,000
Total Countries 1
Indigenous Yes
Progress Scale 1
Unreached Yes
Frontier People Group Yes
Pioneer Workers Needed 1
Alternate Names
People ID 21599
ROP3 Code 118396
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States on file 3
Largest States
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
17,000
Punjab
8,000
Islamabad
2,100
Specialized Website South Asia Peoples
Country Pakistan
Region Asia, South
Continent Asia
10/40 Window Yes
National Bible Society Website
Persecution Rank 5  (Open Doors top 50 rank, 1 = highest persecution ranking)
Total States 3
  Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa 17,000
  Punjab 8,000
  Islamabad 2,100
Website South Asia Peoples

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Primary Language Pashto, Northern (17,000 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Language Written Yes   ScriptSource Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
Pashto, Central
6,100
Urdu
5,800
Hindko, Southern
5,800
Saraiki
1,400
Punjabi, Western
900
Shina, Kohistani
400
Pahari-Potwari
80
Primary Language Pashto, Northern (17,000 speakers)
Language Code pbu   Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages 8
Secondary Languages
  Pashto, Central 6,100
  Urdu 5,800
  Hindko, Southern 5,800
  Saraiki 1,400
  Punjabi, Western 900
  Shina, Kohistani 400
  Pahari-Potwari 80
People Groups Speaking Pashto, Northern

Primary Language:  Pashto, Northern

Bible Translation Status  (Years)
Bible-Portions Yes  (1824-2010)
Bible-New Testament Yes  (1818-1991)
Bible-Complete Yes  (1895)
Possible Print Bibles
Amazon
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Forum Bible Agencies
National Bible Societies
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Virtual Storehouse
Resource Type Resource Name
Audio Recordings Audio Bible teaching (GRN)
Audio Recordings Story of Jesus audio (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video God's Love Story
Film / Video Indigitube.tv Video / Animation
Film / Video Jesus Film: view in Pashto, Northern
Film / Video Magdalena (Jesus Film Project)
Film / Video The Prophets' Story
Film / Video The Savior 0 - The Savior Trailer
Film / Video The Savior 4 - Sowing of the Word
General General Ministry Resources
General Got Questions Ministry
Text / Printed Matter Multi-Language Media
Text / Printed Matter Online Bible text (Scripture Earth)
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 %
* From latest Pakistan census data.
Current Christian values may substantially differ.
Profile Source Joshua Project  
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