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.
* 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.
ReferencesView Pashtun, Pathan in all countries.