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Saifi

Saifi
Total population
560,000[1]
Regions with significant populations
 Pakistan India   Nepal Bangladesh
Languages
UrduKhari boliHindi
Religion
Islam 100% •
Related ethnic groups
BarhaiNalbandKasgarShaikhShaikh

The Saifi are a Muslim community found in India, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Nepal, Sri Lanka, England etc. They are now considered as most successful and financially established clan within Muslim Community. They are also known as Muslim Abbasi.[2] They are the one who give jobs to other communities.

History and origin

The Saifi are a community associated with the occupation of blacksmith and carpanter. Their name comes from the Arabic word saif ("sword/Talwaar"). Saifi's link themselves with Hazrat Abu Saif who was a warrior and swordsmith at the time of Muhammad. Like many other artisan communities in North India, they claim descent from Arab, Central Asian and Persian immigrants to India. Many saifi's work as engineers in India and Pakistan.

Later, the name Saifi was elaborated in English as Super Artisan Industrialist Federation of India (SAIFI). The community had decided to use the surname Saifi, which the blacksmith and carpentry community adopted.

Present circumstances

They are involved with wood carving/engravings and iron work. Many have also taking to the modern occupation of being engineers, mechanics, and furniture salesmen, working in sawmills and workshops with lathe machines for the manufacture of spare parts. The Saifi are now one of the most successful Muslim community in North India, and include a number of professionals in their ranks.[3]

The Saifi's have their own councils and organisations like ALL INDIA SAIFI COUNCIL (AISC) Presently in the guidance of Mr Jamil Ahmed Saifi Greater Noida UP and Mohammed Yahya Saifi, SWAI, SWAD, Jamate Saifia, USWA etc. Saifi Welfare Association of India (SWAI) Presently in the guidance of Mr. Shamim Saifi Zakir Nagar New Delhi to deal with matters relating to the community welfare. This Association deals with issues such as employment, Education and disrespect of community norms. USWA (United Saifi Welfare Association) Based in Rampur U.P. under the guidance of Sultan Ahmad Saifi is also working continuously for the up liftment of the Saifi Community, particularly in the field of Politics. Social disputes, Poverty Alleviation, Education and other matters are also addressed by the USWA Team. Saifi's are an endogamous community, and cross-cousin and parallel-cousin marriages are prevalent.Mustafabad And Brijpuri Confessions

Distribution

In Uttar Pradesh, they are found in Lucknow, Bareilly, Gorakhpur, Bulandshahr, Bijnor, Rampur, Jyotiba Phule Nagar, Muzaffarnagar, Saharanpur, Baghpat, Yamuna Nagar, Dehradun, Ambala, karnal Moradabad, Meerut and Aligarh districts. They are mostly present in the Rohilkhand Mustafabad and all over the north India region, as well as in Delhi, with a diaspora in the Persian Gulf area and other nations.[2] In Bihar: They are found in Siwan, Gopalganj, Mirganj, Chchapra, Betiyah, Motihari, Rakshoul, Darbhanga, Bhagalpur, Patna and many districts.

See also

References

  1. ^ http://www.joshuaproject.net/peoples.php
  2. ^ a b People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part Three by K S Singh page 1240 Manohar Publications
  3. ^ People of India Uttar Pradesh Volume XLII Part Three by K S Singh page 1243 Manohar Publications
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