Each language is interesting, and each language has its own history and origin. Different people from different regions speak different languages. Even within a country or a city, you will find people speaking different languages. These languages depend upon their origins.
For instance, the Pashtuns speak a language known as Pashtu. The Afghans living in different parts of the world have learned other languages, yet they tend to speak their language among them. However, did you know that the latest research shows that the language the Pashtuns/Afghans speak is derived from the language of Jinns?
Some contrasting opinions about the origin of Afghans
According to Dr. Muhammad Javed Khalil, who is the senior researcher at the University of Peshawar (UoP), the origin of the langue Pashtun had been vague and had always been a matter of debate!
Since last 100 years, the researchers and the historians have been looking into the origin of the language but have not come up with a cohesive conclusion as the Pashtun language’s inscriptions have not been well preserved. Some believe that the Afghans are the descendants of Aryans while others have a belief that they are the lost tribe of the Jews.
Research at the University of Peshawar
However, according to the new research conducted by Dr. Khalil, the Afghan culture is basically based upon the principals of Islam and that the Pakhtunwali is the unwritten ethical code of traditional lifestyle of the tribes of Pakhtuns. According to the Islamic history that connects to the Pashtuns, Afghan was the son of Hazrat Sulaiman A.S.
Hazrat Dawood A.S as blessed with a son named Hazrat Sulaiman A.S. Hazrat Sulaiman A.S was not only blessed with a great inheritance from his father but also was given certain miracles. For instance, he was given the charge of the winds, was able to cover long distances in seconds and could talk to birds, insects, animals, and jinns as he had a knowledge of their language.
This can be verified from the verse 16 of Surah Namal where Allah says that Suleiman was blessed with inherited knowledge of Dawood A.S and he said that he had been taught the language of birds by the grace of Allah.
Afghan was the son of Prophet Sulaiman A.S.
According to the research, ‘Afghan’ the son of Hazrat Sulaiman (AS), was very curious and got authority in inheritance from his father. When he was very young, he wanted to learn the language of Jinns and expressed his desire to his father. This was then his father taught him the language of Jinns and named the language as Pashtu.
The historians believe that the descendants of Afghan were named as Afghanis or Pashtuns and their language is known as Pashto.
Afghans were given the title of “Batan” by Prophet Muhammad S.A.W
Some other writing suggests that the Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) once sent Hazrat Khalid Bin Waleed (RA) to Afghanis for help. The tribal leader of Afghans, Qais Abdul Rasheed showed up with his warriors to provide help in the war.
With their help, the Muslims were able to win the war, and this was when they were given the title of “Batan” by the Holy Prophet PBUH. Batan is an Arabic word which means strong as wood. Soon the word Batan was replaced with “Pathan” due to regional effects.