Hazara in Afghanistan

Unreached of the Day  8/08/2021

Hazara in Afghanistan

Can you name a Muslim people who have been persecuted by other Muslims within their own country? The Shia Hazara of Afghanistan have been the recipients of attacks by Afghan Sunni Muslims for centuries. At one time the Hazaras formed half the population of the nation whereas today they make up only about one tenth. Some Hazara have settled in cities, but the majority still carry on their traditional, nomadic lifestyle of seasonal migration with their herds of goats, sheep, cattle and horses.

Ministry Obstacles

The areas where the Hazara live are difficult to reach in summer and nearly impossible to enter in winter. Also, if a Hazara person becomes a follower of Christ, their community will see them as a traitor to their people and treat them as such.

Outreach Ideas

Teams of medical professionals can visit the Hazara and encourage them to allow the Great Physician to heal them.

Scripture Focus

"For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my law within them, and I will write it on their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people."  Jeremiah 31:33

Scripture Prayer

Pray for today’s people group to become the Lord’s people!

Prayer Focus

A tiny fraction of the Hazara has become believers. Pray they would find fellowship with others and they would grow in the Holy Spirit together. Ask the Lord to give each Hazara the opportunity to hear a clear presentation of the gospel. Pray for peace in Afghanistan and that Hazara parents would be able to provide for their children. Pray for a movement to Christ among the Hazaras this decade.



People Name Hazara
Pronunciationhuh-ZAH-ruh
Country Afghanistan
10/40 Window Yes
Population 3,981,000
World Population 4,753,700
Language Hazaragi
Primary Religion Islam
Bible Portions
Online Audio NT No
Jesus Film Yes
Audio Recordings Yes
Christ Followers Few, less than 2%
Status Unreached
Progress Level: progress level image