Shaikhs in South Asia
Sheikh, also rendered as Sheik, Shaykh, Shaikh, Shekh, Cheikh, Šeih, Šejh, Şeyh and other variants (Arabic: شيخ, shaykh; pl. شيوخ shuyūkh), is a word or honorific term in the Arabic language that literally means "elder." It is commonly used to designate an elder of a tribe, a revered wise man, or an Islamic scholar. Although the title generally refers to a male, a very small number of female sheikhs have also existed in history.
The Shaikh title is used by the descendants of Arab and other Muslim immigrants who settled in areas of South Asia. Sufi and other migrants from the Middle East and Central Asia too attained the title 'Shaikh'.
Foreign Muslim origin
The subdivisions of the Shaikh include:
- Shaikh Ismaili, members of the Ismaili Muslim Sect.
- Shaikh Quraishi, members of the Banu Quraish tribe. The Islamic prophet, Muhammad, belonged to this tribe.
- Shaikh Hashemi, members of the Banu Hashim clan of the Banu Quraish tribe. Muhammad belonged to this clan.
- Shaikh Siddiqui, descendants of Hazrat Abu Bakr, the first Khalifa of Islam.
- Shaikh Farooqi, descendants of Hazrat Umar Farooq, the second Khalifa of Islam.
- Shaikh Usmani (Osmani), descendents of Hazrat Usman the third Khalifa of Islam
- Shaikh Kidwai, descendants of Qazi Moizuddin Qidwa, son of Merak Shah of Rum
- Shaikh Iraqi, descendants of Iraqi Arabs.
- Baba Farid, Sufi Saint
- Shaikh Salim Chisti, Sufi Saint
- Sachal Sarmast, Sufi Saint.
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- Shaikh Ayaz, Sindhi poet of Pakistan.
- Sana Shaikh, Indian film and television actress.
- Sanea Sheikh, Indian model.
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