|Regions with significant populations|
|Kanpur, Karachi, Lahore, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana|
|Urdu, Persian and Arabic|
|Related ethnic groups|
|Iraqi people, Iraqi diaspora|
The word Birâdrî (Persian: برادري) means "brotherhood", originating from the word Birâdar, which means "brother" in Persian. In Pakistan and India it is used to denote a number of social strata among Muslims.
Theory of origin
The Iraqi Biradri are Sunni Muslims and are an Urdu-speaking community, though the better educated also speak Persian and some religiously oriented families also speak Arabic. The name "Iraqi" is an ethnonym. In Persian and Urdu, the terminal i is what is called in Arabic morphology "yâ' an-nisba" (ياء النسبة) meaning "the letter yâ of association". Though most Iraqis of the Indian subcontinent speak Urdu, gravestones from as far back as the 1800s found as far east as Uttar Pradesh and Bihar are branded with both Persian and liturgical Arabic. Though they are very few, some genetic tests have substantiated their Iraqui ancestry by yielding Haplogroups found primarily in Iran and Iraq.Iraqi Biradri is very rich community because many of the people are associated with leather industries of Kanpur and Kolkata.They are mainly tannery owners or servicemen. Iraqi Biradri is highly educated community.
They are found primarily in Pakistan and India. In Pakistan, Iraqi biradris live in high concentrations in the city of Karachi.
Major cities with Iraqi biradri communities
- Jajmau (a suburb of Kanpur with 90% of population of Muslims)
- Delhi (NCR and Greater)
- Other important towns of Eastern UP and Bihar
Mainly Iraqui people are indulge in business of leather tanning. Somehow others are in services. Please help by expanding it-
- Mr. Alhaj Minnatullah (Industrialist)
- Ishtiyaq Ahmad (Industrialist)
- Bashir Ahmed (Ranji Trophy Player)
- Iqbal Ahmad(Chief Secretary of Madhya Pradesh)
- Faisal Aftab (PCS)