Mohyal (caste)

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Mohyal is a caste with origins in Punjab region. Alternative spellings include Muhiyal, Muhial, Mhial, Mohiyal, Mahjal, or Mahthal. Mohyals can be Hindus, Sikhs, or Muslims.

The legend of Rahab Sidh Dutta[edit]

As per Mohyal folklore, a Mohyal of the Dutta clan had fought on behalf of Imam Hussain in the battle of Karbala, more specifically in the storming of Kufa- sacrificing his seven sons in the process. According to legend, Rahab Sidh Dutta (also mentioned as Rahib Sidh or Sidh Viyog Datt in some versions) was the leader of a small band of career-soldiers living near Baghdad around the time of the battle of Karbala. The legend mentions the place where he stayed as Dair-al-Hindiya, meaning "The Indian Quarter", which matches an Al-Hindiya in existence today.[1] This legend occupies an important part in the Dutta clan's oral history,[2][3] and is considered a source of pride for them.[4]


  1. ^ Mahdi Nazmi (1984). Reg-i-Surkh: Dut Brahman Imam Husain se Rabt o Zabt. Abu Talib Academy, New Delhi. pp. 63–71.
  2. ^ Shah Nazir Hashmi (1926). Alnataq. Lucknow.
  3. ^ "Mohyals, Muslims and Mustafabad". The Tribune, Chandigarh. 8 August 1993
  4. ^ Syed Akbar Haider (2006). Reliving Karbala: Martyrdom in South Asian Memory. Oxford University Press. p. 175. ISBN 0195189302.

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