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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?
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!
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 principles of Islam and that the Pakhtunwali is the unwritten ethical code of the traditional lifestyle of the tribes of Pakhtuns.
According to the Islamic history that connects to the Pashtuns, Afghan was the son of Prophet Sulaiman عليه السلام.
Prophet Sulaiman عليه السلام could talk to birds, insects, animals, and jinns as he had a knowledge of their language.
And David was succeeded by Solomon, who said, “O people! We have been taught the language of birds, and been given everything ˹we need˺. This is indeed a great privilege.” – Quran 27:16
Afghan was the son of Prophet Sulaiman عليه السلام.
According to the research, ‘Afghan’ the son of Hazrat Sulaiman عليه السلام, 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.
The title of “Batan”
Prophet Muhammad ﷺ once sent Khalid Bin Waleed رضي الله عنه 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 Prophet Muhammad ﷺ.
Batan is an Arabic word that means strong as wood. Soon the word Batan was replaced with “Pathan” due to regional effects.