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Hazara in Canada


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Population [2] Language Religion % Christian % Evangl Online NT Jesus Film Progress
10,000 Hazaragi Islam 0.10 % 0.10 % No   

Hazara in Canada

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Introduction / History
Hazaras are originally from central Afghanistan. They have experienced wartime trauma since the 1980s without a foreseeable end to the fighting. As a result, these people groups have fled Afghanistan and relocated to such countries as Canada for freedom and a much higher quality of life.

The Hazaras are a distinct people group, separate from their other fellow Afghans by linguistic, religious, and ethnic differences. Religiously, Hazaras identify as Shia rather than the majority of Afghans who practice Sunni Islam. Over the years, Hazaras have also fled Afghanistan due to religious persecution. Their Asiatic facial features make them stand out among other Afghans.

What are their lives like?
Hazara women are honored in multiple legends. Before the Taliban's 2021 reconstruction of government, Hazara women were previously regarded favorably as they pursued teaching or medical professions as well as serving in political roles. Some Hazara women originally from Afghanistan have now arisen in multiple Canadian cities as they found and sustain national human rights efforts in Canada and sending relief back home to the Hazara women still living in Afghanistan.

What are their beliefs?
As Imami Shia Muslims, otherwise known as "Twelvers," the practicing Muslim Hazaras revere the son-in-law of the prophet Mohammed as the founder of their form of Islam. This group opposes any Muslim follower who reveres any other figure in such a manner.

What are their needs?
Newly resettled Hazaras may be limited with their educational and professional opportunities if they do not speak English or French. Whether having moved to Canada recently or the move was several years ago, many Hazaras desperately need trauma counseling from their first-hand experiences and survival of such events. Hazaras can also benefit from additional trauma counseling with the religious persecution they faced in Afghanistan before wartime struggles.

Prayer Points
Pray for the Hazaras to receive the educational, professional and psychological assistance they need to improve their lives in Canada.

Pray for the Hazaras to reconcile and restore relationships with the Pashtuns, another Afghan ethnic group who have resettled in Canada in great numbers.

Pray for spiritual hunger among the Hazaras. May they choose Jesus!

Pray for Canadian believers to compassionately reach out to the Hazara people.

Pray for a disciple making movement to emerge among the Hazara community in each city where they currently reside.
* Pray for completion of Bible translation in this people group's primary language.


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Country: Canada
Continent: North America
Region: America, North and Caribbean
10/40 Window: No
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People Name in Country: Hazara
People Name General: Hazara
Alternate People Names:
Afghan PersianBehsud
BerberiDai Kundi
Dai MiradadDai Zangi
Ghazni HazarasJaguri
ROP3 Code: 103743
Joshua Project People ID: 12076
Indigenous: No
Population in Country: 10,000
Population all Countries: 4,345,000
Least-Reached: Yes
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
People Cluster: Persian
People Name General: Hazara
Ethnic Code: MSY41z
Ethnic Relationships: Affinity Bloc -> People Cluster -> Peoples Ethnicity Tree
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Primary Language: Hazaragi (10,000 Speakers)
Language Code (ISO): haz    Ethnologue Listing
Total Languages: 1
Religion [4]
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Primary Religion: Islam
Major Religions:
Buddhism0.00 % 
Christianity0.10 %(Evangelical: 0.10 %)
Ethnic Religions0.00 % 
Hinduism0.00 % 
Islam99.90 % 
Non-Religious0.00 % 
Other / Small0.00 % 
Unknown0.00 % 
Christianity Segments:
Anglican0.00 %
Independent0.00 %
Protestant0.00 %
Orthodox0.00 %
Other Christian0.00 %
Roman Catholic0.00 %
(Evangelicals distributed across Christianity segments)
Progress Indicators [5]
Progress Scale[6]   Few evangelicals and few who claim to be Christians. Little, if any, history of Christianity.
Least-Reached: Yes
Bible Translation Status
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Bible Portions: 2008-2015
New Testament: None Reported
Complete Bible: None Reported
Possible Bible Sources: Forum of Bible Agencies
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 World Christian Resource Directory
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Ministry Resources [7]
Audio RecordingsMegaVoice Audio Bible and Stories
Audio RecordingsAudio Bible teaching
Audio RecordingsStory of Jesus audio
Film / Video / Animation
Film / VideoJesus Film: view in Hazaragi
Film / VideoWorld Christian Videos
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Hazara in Canada

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People Cluster
    Persian     America, North and Caribbean    
      Hazara Canada    
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            Hazara in Canada          
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      Islam     Hazaragi  
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