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anonymous WHAT IS HAPPENING IN AFGHANISTAN? June 16, 2008 11:46 AM

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anonymous  June 16, 2008 11:47 AM

What are their beliefs?

The Tajiks are 99% Muslim. Most of them are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi Sect, but there are a few Ismaili Shia Muslims living in the remote mountain areas. Islam permeates every area of their lives. Rituals relating to birth, puberty, marriage, and death are all built around their beliefs. They faithfully repeat memorized prayers five times a day.

In addition to Islamic beliefs, spiritism (superstitious beliefs that incorporate use of charms and amulets) is also widespread among the Tajiks.

What are their needs?
The Tajiks have known frequent war and internal tribal strife. Their territories have continually been invaded over the centuries by Arabians, Greeks, Mongolians, Persians, Turks, Russians, and the British.

The Islamic religion is very difficult to penetrate. Converts to Christianity will more than likely be "banished" from their families. Because of this the Tajiks, though usually warm and hospitable, are becoming more and more apprehensive towards outsiders.

The Tajiks speak Dari Persian, a language that came from King Darius (mentioned in the book of Daniel). Unfortunately, only about 10% of the Tajiks are able to read.

Prayer Points
Ask God to restore political peace and stability to Afghanistan.
Ask God to call Christian workers who are trained in the Dari language to take the Gospel to the Tajiks.
Pray that the Christian relief workers who are working in Pakistan will be effective witnesses among the Tajiks who have been displaced from their homes.
Pray that relief funds will be made available for those living in famine stricken areas.
Pray that strong local churches will be planted among the Afghani Tajik.

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anonymous  June 16, 2008 11:53 AM


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anonymous  June 16, 2008 1:53 PM

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan - Hundreds of Taliban fighters invaded villages just outside Afghanistan's second-largest city Monday, forcing NATO and Afghan troops to rush in while frightened residents fled.

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anonymous  June 20, 2008 5:29 AM

Afghan and NATO troops backed by warplanes drove Taliban militants from villages within striking distance of southern Afghanistan's main city on Thursday, killing 56 of them, Afghan officials said. Full Story  [report anonymous abuse]  [ accepted]
anonymous  June 20, 2008 5:33 AM

4 Afghanistan is one of the least reached countries in the world. There are 48,000 mosques but not a single church building. Pray for all of the unreached peoples of this land, especially:

a) Pashtun. Approximately half the Afghan population, and politically dominant, the Pashtuns on both sides of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border comprise what has been called the largest Muslim tribal society in the world — approximately 27 million people in over 30 major sub-tribes. There are few Christians among them, though urban, educated Pashtuns in exile have shown responsiveness. Pray that multitudes might be released from the strongholds of Islam, fear, prejudice and pride in pashtunwali (their tribal code of honour).

b) Uzbek and Turkmen of the north have shown some responsiveness as refugees in other lands. Their whole way of life is under threat from the Taliban regime.

c) Tajik in the north-east. They are among the last people to resist the Taliban. Pray for their spiritual freedom.

d) The Hazara, Shi'a Muslims of Mongol descent, have been severely persecuted and even massacred by the Sunni Taliban. More responsive to the gospel in recent years.

e) The Kuchi nomads in central and western regions who numbered 2.5m before the war destroyed their lifestyle. Most are Pashto- or Persian-speaking. Many fled to Pakistan.

f) The Aimaq of the west and the Baluch and Brahui of the south.

g) The Nuristani tribes in the mountains north and east of Kabul. They speak a number of mutually unintelligible languages. The major peoples are the Waigeli 40,000; Kati 100,000; Ashkun 10,000. They were forcibly converted to Islam a century ago. Some parts of Nuristan were much influenced in the 1990s by Wahhabism, a strict Islamic sect, very hostile to anything Christian.

h) The Sikh, Hindu and Parsee minorities who are mainly traders.

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