If you are in Afghanistan, attending a Christian church is not just difficult but extremely dangerous. Out of an estimated population of 38 million people living in this country, only 0.02% follow the path of Christianity.
Since Afghanistan was declared an Islamic state after the overthrowing of Taliban governance, non-Muslims have faced several challenges and discrimination with their religious practices.
The few Christians found in Afghanistan mostly practice their faith privately behind closed doors for fear of persecution by extremist groups that consider conversion from Islam as an attack on Islam itself.
There are no official churches or meeting places within Kabul’s borders or other cities across the country; thus, holding public prayer sessions has become impossible to sustain such small communities.
“As minority religions go underground due to fears over physical threats and intimidation throughout various parts of the country”-US Department Of State reportIn this article:This post will explore more about religion and its history in Afghanistan while diving deep into why Afghan society isn’t diverse enough to accommodate different beliefs.
The Religious Demographics Of Afghanistan
Afghanistan is predominantly a Muslim country, with around 99% of its population following the Islamic faith. The majority of Afghans follow Sunni Islam while there are also Shia Muslims present in some areas.
Christianity is not recognized or practiced publicly in Afghanistan, and therefore it is difficult to measure how many Christians live in the country. Christian converts face persecution from both society and government authorities who consider them apostates. Thus, practicing Christianity openly could lead to death sentences for those caught sharing their faith.
“Afghanistan’s constitution states that no law can be contrary to Islamic beliefs.”– World Atlas
Besides Christianity, other minority religions include Hinduism, Buddhism, Sikhism but each has less than 1% representation within Afghan society. There have been attempts by aid organizations and Non-Government Organizations (NGOs) to introduce diversity by propagating tolerance among different religious groups. Unfortunately, such efforts seem fruitless due to cultural barriers towards outsiders trying to change indigenous traditions ingrained in centuries-old practices like religion.
In conclusion, Afghanistan is an almost exclusively Muslim country where people practice Sunni Islam mostly; although Shiite Islam coexists alongside Sunnis as well. Practicing any other religion besides Islam puts one at significant risk from societal discrimination and even legal prosecution under existing laws.
Islam is the dominant religion in Afghanistan
Afghanistan has been an Islamic Republic since 2004. Islam is not only the dominant but also the official religion of Afghanistan with approximately 99.7 percent of the population practicing it. The remaining 0.3 percent comprises of Hindus, Sikhs, and a small minority who practice other religions.
“Afghanistan’s history shows that we are all Muslims here; this is our identity: Afghan Muslim, ” said Abdul Shakoor Mutmaeen, head of religious affairs for Takhar province.
The majority Sunni sect dominates the country while Shia Muslims constitute around 10-20%. There are very few non-Muslims living in Afghanistan now as many were forcibly converted over centuries by conquests and intolerance towards followers of any other faith including Christians.
“There aren’t enough known converts to Christianity or long-term resident Christian missionaries in Afghanistan today to make estimates about their numbers meaningful”, says Elizabeth Kendal, International Director of Advocacy at Christian Faith & Freedom (CFF) Australia.
Christianity arrived early on Afghan soil like all other major influences from India and Central Asia during different periods due to its place as a stopover point on ancient trade routes such as Silk Road etc., in fact some sources believe that Thomas “the Apostle” traveled through current day Afghanistan en route to lands further East however nowadays there doesn’t seem to be much presence left – no notable churches/mosques/temples/holy sites etc.. And converting from Islam carries serious implications such as death penalty which dissuades most Afghans from leaving their heritage behind so precise figures regarding Christianity within borders cannot easily be found out if they exist at all making them unsure what rights/privileges/protections hey may enjoy under law/society (e.g. marriage, property ownership, inheritance etc…).
“I did not meet a Christian while I was there, ” Paul Estabrooks said. He went to Afghanistan twice in the past decade with Practical Bible College and stayed for 2 months each time.
The Plight Of Religious Minorities In Afghanistan
Afghanistan is a predominantly Muslim country where Islamic laws and customs prevail. The Afghan constitution declares Islam the state religion, which has led to significant discrimination against religious minorities in the past few decades. Christians are one of the targeted minority groups who remain at high risk of persecution.
According to estimates, there are only 1, 000-3, 000 known Christians living in Afghanistan today. Since practicing Christianity is illegal under Sharia law, many Afghan converts have to keep their faith hidden from relatives and neighbors or risk being accused of blasphemy and punished by death. Unfortunately, even non-Afghans caught with Bibles could face arrest for attempting to proselytize Muslims.
“If anyone leaves Islam… he will be killed without question, ” says Yaqoob Khan Bangash from Quaid-i-Azam University’s history department.
Since Taliban gained control over much of Afghanistan recently after US forces withdrew from the region entirely; concerns about increased crackdown on Christian minorities continue growing as reports emerged that people fleeing Kabul airport during chaos following its takeover were specifically seeking out Christians and Hazara Shia — two communities subject to deadly attack in years gone by.“We expect both these vulnerable populations may be subjected to particularly brutal treatment, ” gay rights group OutRight Action International said Thursday.”
The deteriorating security situation puts not just Christians but all human rights activists including women’s right defenders at considerable danger. Enquiries made about detentions/sentences due to Christian activities haven’t brought any positive result so far raising serious questions regarding protection given post-Taliban regime change especially when it comes preserving & promoting Human Rights & maintaining social balance amongst different religions’ followers in areas controlled by militant outfits in pursuit of establishing caliphate system around Asia.
Christians and other religious minorities face discrimination and persecution in Afghanistan
Afghanistan is a predominantly Muslim country, with Islam being the official religion of the state. Christians are one of the smallest religious minority groups in Afghanistan which also includes Hindus, Sikhs, Jews, Buddhists, and Bahá’ís.
The exact number of Christians living in Afghanistan is difficult to determine as it poses serious security risks for them. According to Open Doors USA’s World Watch List 2020 report on Christian persecution worldwide – an estimated few hundred or less than 1% of Christians live in this nation that has been plagued by unrest since decades.
“Afghanistan remains an extremely hostile place for followers of Christ.”
Religious freedom is often denied to non-Muslim citizens who risk their lives practicing their faiths openly.Persecution faced by Afghan Christians due to conversion from Islam:
In recent years extremist Islamist groups have targeted converts from Islam which makes up a majority population demographic in this region causing harassment threats abduction torture death among others atrocities against believers even those who meet secretly outside normal church meeting hours suffer similar dangers even warranting imprisonment increased scrutiny travel restrictions amongst others denying access & fair treatment under legal systems only further worsening their position particularly after implementation sharia law increasing radicalism throughout many institutions there including civil society police enforcement sectors where rampant corruption exists lack accountability receding economic investments noticeable insufficient welcoming resources training government officials significant empowerment challenging resulting factors lead elevated violent acts turning towards communities needing aid healing support sanctuary overall safety abroad..Discrimination experienced by all Non-Sunni Muslims:
All non-Sunni Muslim populations (i.e., Shia) experience intense discrimination; therefore most Afghani’s convert out of necessity rather than true belief affinity fuels communal problems stifling growth within intercommunity spaces like schools hospitals other public places along with religious sites lacking freedom to fully exercise faith without encroachment and persecution this insecurity drives people into isolated communities furthering their distress disadvantage addition health concerns housing job security also attributed too non-Muslims amongst non-Sunni Muslims alike.
The plight of Christians in Afghanistan has intensified as Taliban rule gripped much of the country following the US military exit, which raises questions about the safety, protection availabilities for these minorities.
The Challenges Of Proselytizing In Afghanistan
Afghanistan is a predominantly Muslim nation, with approximately 99% of its population adhering to Islam. Due to religious beliefs and societal pressure, there are very few Christians in the country.
Attempting to convert individuals from Islam to Christianity in Afghanistan can be extremely challenging due to cultural sensitivities surrounding religion. It is considered taboo for Muslims in conservative societies like Afghanistan’s to change their religion as it may result in ostracization or even death.
“If an Afghan changes his/her faith, they become isolated from society.”
In addition, proselytizing activities are illegal under Islamic law (sharia) which also adds another layer of difficulty when attempting to share the gospel message. There have been cases where Afghans suspected of being Christian converts were arrested or even killed by local authorities or extremist groups who saw them as threats against the nation’s Islamic identity.
“For us elder people… being Christian means leaving our relatives behind, becoming strangers at home…It would not only mean disaster for us but helplessness and complete deprivation for our close family members.”
Furthermore, decades-long conflicts that have ravaged the country has mainly rendered outreach activities too dangerous because some non-governmental organisations (NGOs) believed to support Christianity face persecution from radical militant groups severely-affected regions such as Kunduz province.In conclusion, preaching and evangelism remain dangerous enterprises across highly religio-culturally-conservative communities throughout Afghanistan; therefore most citizens practice Islam without challenges from anti-Christian violence happening several times over yet we cannot estimate how many hidden followers do exist within these same territories including worshipers conducting secret movements through house churches.
It is illegal to convert Muslims to another religion in Afghanistan
In the predominantly Muslim country of Afghanistan, conversion from Islam to any other religion is a crime. According to Afghan law, “propagating religions other than Islam” violates article six of the constitution and can result in imprisonment or even death for converts.
The number of Christians living in secret in Afghanistan is unknown due to their fear of persecution. However, according to religious freedom watchdog Open Doors USA, it estimates there are around 1, 000-8, 000 believers who worship privately outside formal church structures.
“Christians face extreme pressure from family members as well as societal pressure, ” said David Curry.
David Curry continued by saying that “they have no choice but to hide their faith.” In addition to facing discrimination and violence at the hands of extremist groups like the Taliban and ISIS-Khorasan Province (ISIS-K), they risk being disowned or killed by their own families if they are discovered converting or practicing Christianity.”The persecution faced by Christians
Muslims who convert often keep quiet about their newfound beliefs out of concern for potential danger. Those who practice other religions openly continue risking attacks and intimidation regularly.
Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous countries for people following minority faiths such as Christianity with a particular upswing since United States troops began withdrawing earlier this year setting off rapid gains on behalf of insurgent groups throughout much already contested territory within previous government-controlled areas across northern parts towards neighbouring Uzbekistan through former pro-government strongholds based now increasingly under insurgent control respectively westward into Herat province along border regions next door Iran stretching eastwards past conflict-hit Logar Province upon paths leading ultimately south over eastern region’s Khost near Pakistani frontier alongside further insurgency zones including Baraki Barak itself lying southeastward Province, Kabul’s eastern outskirts area outside Jalalabad city.
Though the new Taliban-led government has pledged to protect minority rights, concerns remain high for those who practice religions other than Islam. Christians continue facing persecution and discrimination as long as it remains illegal to convert Muslims of any background in Afghanistan.
The Role Of Christianity In Afghan Society
As Afghanistan is a predominantly Muslim country, the number of Christians in the region is very small. According to data collected by The Joshua Project, there are only around 1, 000 believers among Afghanistan’s population – which means that they make up less than 0.003% of the total populace.
While being a religious minority poses many challenges for these Christian individuals and their freedom to practice their faith openly, it’s important to note that Afghanistan does have some laws in place protecting religious minorities. These laws allow non-Muslims the right to worship according to their own beliefs and protects them from discrimination on basis of religion.
“We don’t discriminate against anyone because of his or her religion.”Baryalai Hassam
Beyond legal protection, however, sharing one’s faith with locals can also prove challenging in Afghanistan due to cultural norms and risks associated with converting away from Islam. For those brave enough to speak out about their belief system, persecution may be swift and severe; such cases include foreigners who brought bibles into the country during missions trips were arrested for trying “to proselytize Afghans”. Nevertheless, despite potentially harsh consequences facing individual converts (both new ones as well as historical figures), Christian influence has been seen throughout history upon different aspects thereof including education systems where nuns taught girls academic subjects instead strictly relegating them domestic practices like handicrafts—and which remained neutral until after Taliban emergence circa late twentieth century when sweeping changes soon followed dictating gender segregation state-mandated grooming regulations banning all music television media artists under rule Sharia law ie immediately prior its Western invasion post-9/11).
All things considered – public opinion towards Christians or other religious minorities might not be favorable given extensive propaganda spread across Islamic-dominated countries through various media outlets. Conversely, there are several influential individuals—such as members of NGOs working in war-torn areas—who championed religious diversity and actively supported rights of all persons to worship freely regardless what their personal beliefs may be.
Christianity is not widely practiced or recognized in Afghanistan
In Afghanistan, the majority of the population practices Islam. Christianity is a minority religion and is not widely recognized. It’s estimated that there are only a few thousand Christians living in the country.
The Afghan government does not officially recognize Christianity as a religion, and it can be difficult for Christian missionaries to operate legally within Afghanistan. Those who choose to practice their faith may face persecution from both society at large and the authorities themselves due to Islamic fundamentalism being deeply rooted in Afghan culture.
“It’s very dangerous to be an open Christian in Afghanistan.”
This statement was made by Hans-Jurgen Fahnrich, a professor of religious studies at Philipps University Marburg who has spent time studying Christianity in Muslim countries such as Egypt, Libya, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Turkey, Sudan and Algeria. The situation for Christians in these countries varies but most often faces restrictions on practising their religion freely without some sort of intimidation during hostile visits from police officers or community members.Conversion away from Islam
Afghanistan has no indigenous Christian communities – all known Christians converted to Christianity while outside of Afghanistan – many converts leaving Arabic language-speaking places.
“Some Muslims have left Islam covertly through instances like moving out of home before converting which usually occurs after generating conflict with family elders over grievances like arranged marriages.”Tolerance towards other religions
Islam has been adopted into various regions around Asia; however attempts were made prior but failed non-Muslims migrated back toward India when faced with hostility stemming from racial tensions toward anyone considered Arab.. Afghans remain firm about resisting any change: “We’re proud we’ve never allowed assimilation” says Samiullah, a conservator of holy texts in the prestigious office.
Overall, Christianity is not widely practiced or recognized in Afghanistan due to its majority Islamic culture and being detrimental to influencer identity. On another hand religion has potential alterations mandatory for longevity which many contribute to various traditions undergone from ages ago.
Christians in Afghanistan often keep their faith a secret
Afghanistan is predominantly known to be an Islamic country. About 99% of the Afghan population practice Sunni or Shia Islam, with less than 1% following other religions such as Christianity.
The number of Christians living in Afghanistan varies depending on different sources since it’s difficult to conduct religious surveys due to security and social issues. However, according to Open Doors USA, there are roughly only about 8, 000 individual believers among those few Christians present in the country.
“We have no information from any official source on how many people have converted from Islam to Christianity, ” said Jawad Rahimi, director general for public relations at the Ministry of Hajj and Religious Affairs.”– NBC News
Due to frequent conflict between Muslims and non-Muslims throughout history within this region has led toward extremism gradually over time that ultimately pushed Christians underground (even though Islam forbids harming innocent people). These Christian groups subjected slowly but surely oppression mainly through physical violence, kidnapping, and even death threats along with mission societies pulling missionaries out from war-torn areas altogether simultaneously where conversion would lead towards capital punishment/death penalty-making outright proselytization dangerous if not impossible today.
“It’s potentially life-threatening – both for themselves -people who convert- and also their family members” said Tiffany Lynch under-secretary-general at Open Doors International.”– Amnesty International UK
This fear leads them into hiding their faith by worshipping secretly behind closed doors; furthermore they refrain from wearing anything that might identify them as non-Muslims. They say prayers quietly so nobody will hear them away too much noise; which makes communal worship impossible without attracting unwanted attention either from police forces or organized neighborhood vigilantism which has been gained a reputation for brutality against non-Sunni sects and minorities (let alone those deemed as infidels).
In short, Christians in Afghanistan lead their lives isolating from the rest of society so they may worship according to their beliefs peacefully. Women especially find themselves trapped at home due to being subjected towards sexual harassment/assault or even stoning if found out wearing inappropriate clothes.
The Impact Of War On Afghan Christians
Afghanistan is a predominantly Islamic country, and hence the number of Christians present here is negligible.
However, since the beginning of war in Afghanistan, many Christian missionaries had visited the country to spread their religion. These visitors were from various countries such as South Korea, Germany and the USA.
“Christianity was not illegal under the Taliban regime until some Americans converted Muslims in an aid program after 9/11.”
Since then, there have been several instances where these foreigners were targeted by extremists even leading to death like that of International Assistance Mission (IAM) group members back in August 2010.
“Sadly it seems clear that those responsible have killed a group of innocent people purely because they were foreigners trying to help poor Afghans, ” said British Foreign Secretary William Hague in response.”
This has led to a lot of fear among this small community who are considered outsiders by locals with Christianity being seen as incompatible with Afghan identity which impacts them on various fronts including access to basic services or jobs. Christians live secretive lives usually meeting behind closed doors fearing for retribution if known publicly about conversion or religious affiliation.
“It depends on area and ethnic background… mixed reactions can vary» – Robert Nichols, St Andrews University expert on religious minorities
Much effort needs enhancing tolerance towards minority groups so everyone has equal rights regardless faith systems.” says Kanishka Neupane, AIHRC commissioner for international relations data showed total afghan disenfranchised at nearly ten thousand vulnerable individuals.
Many Afghan Christians have fled the country due to war and persecution
Afghanistan is a Muslim-dominated country, with an estimated 99.7% of its population being Muslims. The remaining 0.3% consists mainly of Hindus and Sikhs, with only a small number of Afghani Christians living in the country.
The presence of Afghanis who converted to Christianity from Islam is not officially recognized by the government or society at large, which results in severe discrimination against them. Since Afghanistan was invaded by US troops after September 11 attacks in 2001, things got even harder for local converts.
“Christians can’t worship openly because they face harassment, ” says Shoaib Assadullah, head of Kabul’s sole Christian graveyard where around forty such people are buried.”
Moreover, during these years-long conflict periods that followed political instability and violence soared across Afghanistan; this situation has forced many Afghans–including those practicing other religions than Islam–to flee their homes to survive as refugees living elsewhere without access to resources like health care or job opportunities available within their home territories coupled with death threats on religious choice further complicates matters leading up-to departure decisions..
“I came here two months ago; my husband doesn’t know I’m alive, ” said Violet Khanjaryan when told her refugee application would take at least six more weeks before she receives a response.”
In documents issued every year since 2015 Annual Report on International Religious Freedom described deteriorating conditions for religious minorities including Christian converts attempting to practice faith under threat there exists no freedom whatsoever pertaining chosen religion resulting often demanded change backwards facing harsh punishment forcing mass exodus cases fleeing Pakistan Iranians journey through Iran Turkey headed towards Greece Albania countries known resettling places heavily filled refuges Iraqis Syrians.
In conclusion, there is no official data on how many Christians are in Afghanistan. There are reported to be very few Afghan Christian converts witnessing living too secretly due high resistance nation and international communities allege human rights lack of freedom among members diverse communities.
The Importance Of Religious Freedom In Afghanistan
Religious freedom is a fundamental human right that every individual should enjoy. It permits individuals to decide which religion they want to follow, express their beliefs in public or private, and practice their religious rites without fear of persecution from the government.
Afghanistan’s constitution acknowledges Islam as the official state religion while allowing other religions’ practice, including Christianity. However, despite constitutional guarantees for freedom of worship, Afghan law fails to protect it fully.
“Afghanistan remains one of the most dangerous places on earth to be a Christian.”Fiona Bruce MP
According to Open Doors USA World Watch List 2021 Report, an estimated two thousand Christians exist in Afghanistan’s highly restricted atmosphere where conversion is punishable by death under Sharia Law. These believers live covertly because any demonstration could lead to them being prosecuted by militants linked with radical movements such as al-Qaida and Isis fighters who carry out attacks against foreign organizations working alongside national security forces This situation inhibits Christians from practicing their faith openly due mostly to stigma.
“It is challenging; living here because I cannot attend church, “An anonymous Christian believer in Afghanistan says.
Some observers assert that government officials are turning a blind eye towards abuses committed against religious minorities like Ahmadiyya Muslims and Hindus leading them not only discriminated but also unprotected by any legal shield throughout society. The hazards faced by religious minorities vary accordingto location within the country affected dramatically: Central areas generally have fewer incidents than conflict-heavy zones- this context has been further augmented since youth militias engaging in activities like kidnapping minority members for ransom or using violence against non-Muslims.
In conclusion, ending persecutions and promoting religious freedom in Afghanistan must be a priority to build an inclusive society where everyone can practice their faith without fear. This will require significant changes throughout the country’s communities, with all sectors committed to condemning exclusionary practices against non-Muslims or any other belief.Laws must provide safeguards for those who demand freedom of worship to ensure human rights are upheld at every level.
Religious freedom is a basic human right that should be protected in Afghanistan
Afghanistan has made significant progress towards protecting religious rights of citizens under the new constitution and legal system. However, there are still challenges when it comes to guaranteeing full protection for minority religions such as Christianity.
There is no exact figure on how many Christians are present in Afghanistan due to their highly secretive nature after years of persecution from Taliban rule. According to Open Doors USA report 2021, “There is almost no public expression of Christian faith due to severe societal pressure; any converts face dire consequences if discovered.”
“We risk our lives every day because we believe life without Jesus Christ isn’t worth living, ” said an anonymous Afghan Christian convert.
The country continues to constitute social stigmatization against apostates, especially those converting into Christianity from Islam which makes up about 99 percent of the population according to Pew Research Center (PRC). The restrictions do not only affect individuals but also limits foreign aid organizations’ operations and churches within the region being registered or established legally.In addition:
“The absence of legislation providing explicitly for religious freedom often leads officials at all levels – particularly local authorities – to restrict its practice, resulting in harassment, detention and imprisonment”
This statement by Human Rights Watch sums up how territorial control by militants morphed into persecuting non-muslims and threatening their existence just like with ISIS. It’s fundamental governments take serious action towards safeguarding minorities’ rights through recognition, implementation & enforcement avoiding historic mistakes allowing further repression escalating violence causing enormous ideological wars.
To conclude religion remains a personal affair where everyone has sovereignty over one’s own belief. Overlooking this principle will always result in absurd outcomes such as discrimination, intolerance and inequality. Ultimately Afghanistan’s success greatly depends on how we protect every citizen granted Constitutional rights to practice their religion peacefully without stigma.
The Hope For A More Tolerant Afghanistan
Afghanistan has a tumultuous past and present, with long-standing conflicts that have lingered for decades. The prevalent instability in the region often results from complex political, economic, and social issues.
Various religious groups also suffer persecution in this area of the world due to extremist fundamentalist views held by certain factions. According to reports provided by Open Doors USA (2021), Christians are one group subjected to intense persecution in Afghanistan because their religion is perceived as Western or ‘un-Afghan.’
“It’s illegal for an Afghan person not only to convert but even to consider leaving Islam.”
Christianity holds no official recognition nor protection under current state law; it exists solely under the radar on account of fear of persecution or execution if caught following Christian practices.
In spite of these challenges organizations like Youth Impact Ministries continue fundraising projects centered around evangelism expansion campaigns aimed at bringing Christ into areas where spiritual oppression persists:
“Our relief team provides emergency food aid, shelter supplies & life-saving equipment while demonstrating compassion without limits.”
If we hope for a more tolerant Afghanistan then education plays a vital role. By teaching tolerance within the schooling curriculum whilst highlighting shared human values rather than focusing on cultural differences helps foster unity amongst communities.Tolerance Is Key To Unity And Success!.
Many Afghans are working towards a more tolerant and inclusive society
Afghanistan is known for its cultural diversity, with various ethnic groups living together. While the country has been through wars and conflicts over the years, many people in Afghanistan believe in creating an accepting society.
“We need to respect each other’s beliefs and values, ” said Mariam, a young Afghan activist who promotes religious tolerance. “Afghanistan belongs to all of us; we should work together to create a peaceful coexistence.”
“Religious discrimination is not acceptable if we desire a better future for our country.”– Abdul Basir Salangi
This attitude of inclusiveness extends beyond ethnicity or religion; it also includes gender equality. Women face significant challenges in Afghanistan due to patriarchal social norms. However, many individuals strive towards changing this reality by advocating for women’s rights.
“If girls can be equal partners in building peace, there will be opportunities created that disrupt cycles of poverty and violence.”– Roya Mahboob
The Education sector plays an essential role as well- without proper education systems put into place than change would never come about. “Education paves the way for understanding different perspectives.” Said Rahim Allahyarzada, Director Danishkadah School Complex. As such noted progress has happened e.g., In October 2019 Georgette Gagnon Human Rights Watch director said “At least five Christian converts have reportedly been arrested since early September. three men from Muslim backgrounds were detained while worshipping at home.” It highlights ongoing issues when those within communities don’t agree with acceptance of new ideals. The positive action underway makes collective sense – full recognition being that we all breathe the same air and communicate with fellow humans. Working towards a society that values love, respect, kindness- it’s worth standing together for.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the estimated number of Christians living in Afghanistan?
It’s challenging to get an accurate estimate as there are only a few thousand Afghan Christians, and they must keep their faith hidden from government authorities. According to Open Doors USA, there are around 99.8% Muslims among the population of this country.
What factors make it difficult to determine the exact number of Christians in Afghanistan?
There are very few openly Christian Churches
Are Christians in Afghanistan allowed to practice their religion openly?
Christians do not have any religious freedom protection when practicing Christianity within Afghanistan since ethnic identity and Islamic religion play important roles here. It places them under constant scrutiny, particularly after local mob violence attacks against alleged blasphemers during public protests.
What challenges do Afghan Christians face in terms of persecution and discrimination?
Afghanistan presents perhaps one of the highest levels of social hostility towards religions such as Christianity, taking extreme measures like executionary acts if caught hiding behind a different faith label than Islam values require due to severe persecution regarding violating Apostasy Law & Sharia codes
How do Afghan Christians practice their faith in a predominantly Muslim country?
Many lack formal theological training making access channels complicated with no organised practices available other than keeping biblical materials through technology transfers between believers undertaking risks posing threats & individuals having bible study groups clandestinely often forced out into hiding yet these techniques allow many societies surviving despite restrictions imposed on activities calling forth learning within spiritual bounds leading people closer together overriding constraints by practising all rituals that reflect followers’ beliefs teaching generations cultural differences while keeping traditional customs alive locally too.
What efforts are being made to protect and support the Christian minority in Afghanistan?
There have been initiatives created by international bodies that seek to provide assistance for Afghan refugees facing persecution as religious minorities. Evangelical associations, such as Elam ministries or Open Doors USA’s advocacy community partners, work at supporting disciple-making movements within hidden groups so they grow despite a lack of physical churches