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Afghans came to New York City in three main waves. The majority came following the 1979 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. Another round of safety-seekers came after the Taliban took control of the country in 1996. A smaller round of immigrants came after America began bombing Afghanistan in 2001. Presently, there are about 18,000 Afghans in New York City, mostly in the Queens neighborhoods of Fresh Meadows, Kew Gardens Hills, and Flushing.
Like many immigrant groups, Afghans in New York City have their share of struggles. Sometimes they deal with the negative perceptions of others, as was the case following 9/11 and the U.S. war with the Taliban. Other times it is due to low income, cultural barriers, and a lack of education, literacy, and proficiency in English. Agencies such as Women for Afghan Women, as well as services provided by mosques, help people through these struggles.
While there are plenty of Afghan restaurants in New York City serving their popular kebabs, one can also find many Afghan-owned fried chicken restaurants with names such as Kennedy Fried Chicken and Crown Fried Chicken.
The Masjid Abubakr mosque was established by Afghan immigrants in 1986.
The Dar al Taqwa mosque is another mosque attended by many Afghans, not only for prayer services, but for socializing with friends.
There are at least five mosques attended by Afghans, and they are all located in Flushing and Kew Gardens Hills.
Unreached people groups can also be viewed as "hidden" people groups (i.e., they are largely unnoticed and unaffected by the global Body of Christ). In the prayer gallery section below, as well as through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool, you can visualize these hidden people group communities. By doing so, we pray God gives you insight into how to pray through what you see. By scrolling through major points of interest in the prayer gallery section, pray for people you see, and pray that the peace and hope of Jesus will become known to people who frequent these places. Through the Google Earth prayerwalk tool linked at the bottom of the page, you can virtually prayerwalk through the community, praying "on site with insight." You could also take the route and points of interest from that tool and save them to your "Google Maps" to prayerwalk in person. Allow the following three steps to guide your prayers using these tools, and try prayerwalking with another person or small group! God hears the voice of His people, and He responds to our prayers!
Praise God for who He is. Thank Him for His blessings and salvation that is extended to all peoples. Praise and thank Him for appointing the time and boundaries of this people group's presence in North America so that they might seek Him and find Him (Acts 17:26). Pray Scriptures that come to mind about His glory being made known among all peoples and nations (e.g., Rev 7:9-10).
Luke 10:2 says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest." Pray for God's laborers to share Christ's love through hospitality to this people group. Pray for laborers among this community to establish loving relationships and proclaim the gospel. Pray for Christians to emerge from within this people group who will reach their friends and family members.
Most members of unreached people group communities remain unreached because they have failed to hear the gospel in ways they can understand. Others have heard the gospel but have many barriers to overcome before receiving the gospel. Pray that this community will understand the gospel. Pray for God to draw them to Jesus and remove the barriers that keep them from salvation in Christ.
Masjid Hazrati Abu Bakr Siddique
This Afghan mosque was established in 1986 and is one of the largest mosques in Queens. Especially after 9/11, its constituents became divided along ethnic lines with the Tajik members claiming many of the mosque’s Pashtun leaders were pro-Taliban. After bitter disputes, rightful ownership of the mosque was eventually decided by the State Supreme Court. This mosque made news again several years later when several mosque attendees were arrested in matters related to terrorism.
Consulate General of Afghanistan in New York
Avoiding the popular Upper East Side location that many countries choose, the Consulate General of Afghanistan is in a Queens neighborhood adjacent to the Afghan enclaves in Flushing and Kew Gardens Hills. The consulate issues visas and passports, promotes trade, and protects the interests of their citizens residing in the United States.
Visit this page to learn general information about Afghan communities in North America and their religious beliefs. Also, discover resources to help share Jesus with them in their language.
Prayerwalk through some of the main Afghan restaurants, places of worship, and businesses in Queens using a tool we developed in Google Earth. You could also do a prayerwalk in person using the same points of interest.