|• Total||09 km2 (3 sq mi)|
|Elevation||138 m (453 ft)|
|• Density||5,400/km2 (14,000/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC+5:30 (IST)|
Khairabad is a town in the Sitapur district of Uttar Pradesh. It is 8 km from Sitapur on National Highway 24, about 80 km from the state capital Lucknow. The Municipal Board conducts the affairs of the town.
￼Khairabad is a historic town known as Khairabad Awadh. It has been a famous seat of Learning during the Mughal period. The famous freedom fighter Maulana FAZL-E-HAQ KHAIRABADI belonged to this town. Famous writer Mayel Khairabadi also was born her. The town has been the abode of many Urdu poets and writers. It has a famous madrasa for Girls' Education known as Jamia Fatima Zehra.
The town is said to have been founded by Faisal pasi in the early 11th century. It was subsequently taken in possession by a Kayasth family. In later years, many rent-free grants of land were made to Muslims who came in large numbers during the reigns of Babar and Akbar, but these grants were all resumed by the Nawab of Oudh in the early 1800s. Before the above-mentioned Khaira Pasi's time, the place was known as Masichait (Masi Chitra) and was a place of pilgrimage as far back as the reign of the Bikramajit. The name still exists at the appellation of a tank, the waters of which are said to possess healing properties, and which is called "Maswasi Talao".
It was a big trading centre, where Kashmiri shawls, Jewels of Birmingham and Elephants of Assam were traded. The East India Company arranged to export the handloom clothes manufactured in Khairabad and Dariyabagh. Biswan was famous for earthen potteries. In 1886, artists from Biswan got a bronze medal in empire exhibition held at London, for artistic display on earthen pots. The district was also famous for engraved door panels.
During the 1857 Uprising, Maulana Fazle Faq took an active part to get rid of the Britishers from the country. Unfortunately, he was arrested and given Kaala Pani, sent to Andaman Island. Around the same period, Buxullah Khan came to India from Afghanistan he first settled in Rampur then made Khairabad his home. Buxullah House was named after him where his descendants, the Pathans live.
Presently the district is not very important from an industrial point of view however there are five sugar mills and some flour mills, rice mills in the district. The district is mainly known for its cotton and woollen mats (durries). Laharpur and Khairabad are famous for its production and export. The World-famous Sitapur Eye Hospital began with a small Hospital at Khairabad. Its founder Dr Mahesh Mehra was awarded the prestigious Padam Shri by the President of India for his self less service in the field of eye care. Father Gerard an Italian Missionary established the BCM Hospital which treats both indoor and outdoor patients. The Hospital is professionally run by the mission and serves people not only from the Town but from also other towns and Sitapur City.
The Town is also famous for its Shooters, among the previous Generation the most imminent shooter was Farook Ahmed Khan, he won the Sitapur Rifle District Championship, also won a Silver medal in the Pistol in the State Championship. He also killed a man-eater Wolf which had killed dozens of children in the town, for which he was honoured by the District Administration. Among the present lot, Saad Farooqi represents the District at the State level in the Trap event. Very promising future awaits him. Some other prominent shooters are Tufail Khan, Javed Mustafa, Waji Khan, Hasan Khan, Rashid Khan and Waris Khan. Among the ladies, Nikhat Beg has won many medals at the District and the State level.
Khairabad is also known for its poets (shayars) like Riyaz Khairabadi, Muztar Khairabadi , Waseem Khairabadi , Aseem Khairabadi , Ja Nisar Akhtar , Sabit Khairabadi , Jumbish Khairabadi
Siddhi Vinayaka Dental clinic (Dr.Nitesh Mishra)
- Dargah of Hazrat Makhdoom Shaikh SAADUDDIN urf Bade Makhdoom Sahab.
- Dargah of Nizamuddin Allah Dia urf choote Makhdoom sahab
- Imam Bada (Makka Jamidar).
- Dargah of Aslam Miyan Sahab.
- Pandit Surya Dutt Anandi Sehgal Inter College (Makhupur).
- Teerth Bhuiyan-Tali Shiv Mandir.
- Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya.
- Dargah Hazrat Maqbool Anwar Qalandar
- Study Point Inter College
- Jeevan Jyoti Convent School.
- Maswasi Talab
- Brahmadeep Hotel
- Niyaziya Jr high School.
- Bihari Ji Temple Chaudhrana, Makhupur
- Hanuman Ji Temple (Paathak Taal Temple), Chaudhrana, Makhupur
- Teerth Maa Gauri Devi Mandir Bhoolanpur.
- Bishop Conard Memorial hosiptal.
- Benett, William Charles (1878). A Gazetteer of the Province of Oudh. Allahabad, India: Oudh Government Press. pp. 127–128.