Hazara in Canada

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Map Source:  People Group data: Omid. Map geography: UNESCO / GMI. Map Design: Joshua Project
People Name: Hazara
Country: Canada
10/40 Window: No
Population: 10,000
World Population: 4,294,700
Primary Language: Hazaragi
Primary Religion: Islam
Christian Adherents: 0.10 %
Evangelicals: 0.10 %
Scripture: Portions
Online Audio NT: No
Jesus Film: Yes
Audio Recordings: Yes
People Cluster: Persian
Affinity Bloc: Persian-Median
Progress Level:

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.

Text Source:   Joshua Project