When one considers the possibility of the people of this exile wandering
north and east, then this would apply to the Tribes of Israel living
in the Caucasian Mountains between the Caspian Sea and the Black Sea
which includes the areas of Armenia, Georgia, Azerbaidzhan, and Daghistan
(areas of Khazar in old days). An eastern expansion beyond the Caspian
sea includes the areas Uzbekistan, Bukhara, and Turkemistan. From these
areas it is very easy to move south to Afghanistan, India, Pakistan
as well as to get to China.
If one travels from the area of Medes or Hamadan to farther east, crossing
the Khayber Mountains or the Khayber Pass, he comes into the frontier
of Afghanistan today. There I personally found an amazing sight. There
are so many of a tribe with names that had Yusuf in the name as Yusufzai,
Yusufuzi, Yusufzad, etc., who claimed origin from the Lost Tribes and
I personally believe it.
Yusuf means Joseph and Yusufzai means children of Joseph. The tribes
of Joseph are the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh who are a part of the
Ten Lost Tribes of Israel. They also call themselves Bani-Israel meaning
children of Israel. Their tradition is that they were carried away from
their ancient homeland. Formerly they were shepherds in search of pasture
but they gave up their nomadic life and settled into village communities.
Israeli Tradition in Afghan Royal Family
Not only the Pathans, but also the Afghan Royal Family has a very well
known tradition placing its origin in ancient Israel, they came from
the Tribe of Benjamin.
This tradition was first published in 1635 in a book called Mahsan-I-Afghani
and has often been mentioned in the research literature. According to
this tradition, King Saul had a son called Jeremiah who had a son called
Afghana. Jeremiah died at about the time of King Saul's death and Afghana
was raised by King David and remained in the royal court during King
About 400 years later in the time of disorder of Israel, the Afghana
family fled to a land called Gur which is in central Afghanistan. They
settled and traded with the people of the area and in the year 662,
with the arrival of Islam, the sons of Israel in Gur converted to the
prophet with 7 representatives of the Afghan. The leader of the sons
of Israel was Kish like the name of Saul's father.
According to this tradition Muhammed rewarded them and Kish's Hebrew
name was changed to Arab-A-Rashid by Muhammad and was given the task
of spreading Islam among his people. This is the roots of Afghan Royal
So Afghan Royal Family has the tradition of ancient Israel - Benjamin
Tribe of the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
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