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Mugheri (or Mughery, Mughairi, Arabic: المغیری‎) are a social group descended from Arabs, however, in Pakistan they are considered to be Baloch. As per research, Mugheri are descended from an Arab Field Marshal called Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim, who was appointed as a Field Marshal for Sindh by his elder brother and famous Governor of Sindh during Abbasid Caliphate named Daud Bin Zaid Bin Hatim.[1] Daud was appointed as a Governor of Sindh in 800AD (184 Hijri) by Caliph Haroon-ur-Rashid (786-809). Governor Daud Bin Zaid Bin Hatim governed Sindh for the longest period of nine years and later his son Bashar Bin Daud Bin Hatim became the next successor Governor of Sindh during the caliphate of Mamoon-ur-Rashid. Additionally, the Mughera tribe was at the climax because they ran their business, trade, affairs and matters effectively and were considered as wealthy tribe under the Abbasid Caliphate.


Researchers and scholars[edit]

Bhag, Baluchistan; This is possible second place after Iraq where Mughera's tribe settled in majority

Khair Mohammad Burriro[edit]

According to this researcher [2] Mugheri are directly descended from Mir Ali Khan, the second son of Mir Jalal Khan who is believed to be an ancestor of Baloch. The researcher further mentions in his book that, in a Burdi tribe, there was a Hajija Family, which had Mugher Khan and Buland Khan as two brothers. Moreover, Mugheri tribe is descended from Mugher Khan who had three sons Rozi, Khushal and Hassan Mugheri while Rozi had four sons namely Nazar, Feroz, Jaghir and Dighar.[3]

Ayaz Bhagat[edit]

A well known Researcher on Castes living in Sindh Pakistan found that [4] Mugheri are not Baloch because, Rai bahadur Lala Hetoram, who was a local person and the first historian of Baluchistan did not include Mugheri in any of Baloch tribes. Further, this indicated that, Mugheri do not belong to any Baloch tribe. Ayaz further says that Mugheri are descended from Arab Warrior Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim, who came in Sindh in 800AD along his delegation.[5]

Mansel Longworth Dames[edit]

The scholar of oriental and Portuguese languages and researcher on Baloch races, an English officer Mansel Longworth Dames (1850–1922) in his book The Baloch Races did not mention the Mugheri in the Burdi tribe. Although, he considered it as 17th sub-caste of Magsi tribe.[6]

Shaikh Sadik Ali Ansari[edit]

Ansari writes in his book The Musalamn Races that Burdi (Buledi) tribe is descendant of Mir Ali the second son of Mir Jalal Khan. Mir Ali had two sons Zendi Khan and Murad Khan, while Zendi had two sons Sundar and Haji. All Burdi (Buledi) are descendant of Sundar and Haji Khan or in other words Burdi are descendant of Zendi Khan. He further added that Mugheri are descendant of Haji Khan (Hajija) or in other words they are said to be sub-caste of Burdi tribe.[7]

Rai Bahadur Lala Hetoram[edit]

The first historian of Baluchistan Lala Hoat Ram of 1907 in his book “History of Baluchistan” did not consider and mention Mugheri in any Baloch tribes and even [8] he did not consider Mugheri as sub-caste of Magsi and Burdi.[citation needed]

Justice(R) Khuda Bux Marri[edit]

The research work of Mansel Longworth Dames and his combined English poetry was translated in Sindhi by Justice(R) Khuda Bux Marri, who wrote a book “Baluchistan in the constitution of History” in the last of this book [9] he made an index of Baloch tribes in which he did not mention Mugheri in Burdi (Buledi) tribe but he considered them as sub-caste of Magsi.

M. K. Pikolin[edit]

He was an English Researcher and Scholar who also considered Mugheri as sub-caste of Magsi in his book on baloch races. On the basis of research work of the above Scholars and researchers, it has been clear that Mugheri are not Baloch that is why Lala Hoatu Ram did not mention them in any Baloch tribe. While, Shaikh Sadik Ali Ansari on unknown basis considered them, in Burdi (Buledi) tribe. Mansel Longworth Dames, M.K Pikolin and Justice(R) Khuda Bux Marri considered Mugheri as sub-caste of Magsi which is actually a Sindhi tribe. These later Scholars even did not explain anything that when Mugheri became part of the Magsi. On the basis of combined research of various researchers and scholars, it can be concluded that Mugheri are not Baloch.


After the review of various above research, it has concluded[who?] that Mugheri are not clan of Baloch or Rajput or Soomra or Kalhoro or Channa or Bhatti or Machi or Muhani or Jat but Mugheri are in fact an Arab and they are descended from great Field Marshal Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim. Thus descendants of Mughera call themselves as Mugheri (i.e.; Descendant of Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim). In addition, the Caliph Haroon-ur-Rashid, who remained famous caliph in Abbasid Caliphate. In his caliphate Sindhi tribes were fighting for their freedom and Arab tribes who were inhabitants of Sindh such as Yemeni and Hejazi were great opponents of each other. For controlling the critical situations of Sindh in 184 Hijri (800AD) Caliph Haroon-ur-Rashid appointed Daud Bin Zaid Bin Hatim as a Governor of Sindh.[4]

Arrival of Mughera in Sindh[edit]

[1] The Governor Daud Bin Zaid Bin Hatim before going to Sindh, appointed his brother Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim as Nawab (Naib) or Field Marshal and sent him with the delegation to Sindh for controlling the critical situations of Sindh. Since, the conditions of Sindh were critical, one side there was a war of detention of Sindhi people and on other side two Arab tribes were opponents of each other. When Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim reached Mansura the doors of the city were closed by Nazadya tribe and they made one condition for Mughera that he wouldn't take revenge from nazadya so ultimately they would leave the city.

The death of Mughera[edit]

According to the book" History of Yaqoubi" [10] when Mughera entered in the city, there was a huge crowd of nazadya tribe who started fighting with Mughera and killed him in that war. Though in other books of history, it is found that when Mughera reached the Mansura he got defeat from Nazadya tribe, and eventually, he ran and got shelter in mountainous area. Later, who told whole story to his brother Daud Bin Zaid Bin Hatim, who later came to Sindh and controlled the situations. However, before his arrival in Sindh Mughera was killed. Governor Daud Bin Zaid Bin Hatim remained ruler of Sindh for the period of nine years. The Arab warriors and tribes who came along Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim to Sindh, they ascribed their names with him after his death as Mugheri.

Rule of Mughera’s tribe[edit]

According to Scholar and writer Qazi Athar Mubarkapori that[11] Daud Bin Zaid Bin Hatim, brother of Mughera remained ruler of Sindh for the period of nine years and later his son Bashar Bin Daud Bin Hatim became the next successor Governor of Sindh during Mamoon-ur-Rasheed caliphate. They settled their many people, who then became the inhabitants of Sindh. As Mughera Bin Zaid Bin Hatim was killed in Sindh thus the people his tribe affiliated their names with Mughera. Who later, moved to Northern Sindh and called themselves with their Leader’s name as “Mugheri”.

Climax of Mugheri tribe[edit]

Qazi Athar Mubarkapori in his book “Abbasid Caliphate and Hindustan” writes that[11] in Abbasid Caliphate Mughera’s tribe was at the climax because they ran their business, affairs and matters in a great way and from this tribe most of the people were considered as riches in the Abbasid Caliphate. As compared to other Islamic countries, in Sindh Mughera’s tribe was a rich, remained rulers and later their population converted into the majority. Thus Governors of Mughera’s tribe contributed a lot for their tribe and they played vital role in the development of Sindh.[12]

Settlement of Mugheri tribe[edit]

Mugheri indeed is an Arab race which is still found in the majority of these countries: United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arab, Oman, Jordan, Iraq, Tanzania, Egypt etc., while in Pakistan the huge population of Mugheri tribe lives in Baluchistan, Sindh and Punjab, Pakistan. The major areas occupied by Mugheri tribe are; Bhag, District Bolan, Baluchistan, Jacobabad, Larkana, Qamber Shahdadkot District, Warah, Waggan, Nasirabad District, Mehar, Dadu District, La lu Rawnk, Khairpur District, Sanghar District, Nawabshah, Karachi, and lower Punjab, Pakistan [13]


[4] The sub-castes of this tribe in Pakistan are:

  • Bhand (according to Balochi dictionary it means stubborn, tricky and meanie)
  • Aarbani (derived from Arban Khan)
  • Jaamra (derived from Jaam Khan)
  • Notkani (derived from Noat Khan)
  • Hajija (derived from Haji Khan)
  • Pahore
  • Sathiyani (derived from Sathi Khan)
  • Ferozani (derived from Feroz Khan)
  • Kalani (derived from Kaalan Khan)
  • Sirajani (derived from Siraj Khan)
  • Bambrani
  • Latifani (derived from Latif )
  • Digarani (derived from Digaar)
  • Rehanzai
  • Madozai
  • Wahdadani (derived from Wahadad)
  • Khor
  • Rustamani (derived from Rustam Khan)
  • Nazrani (derived from Nazar)
  • Kherani (derived from Kher)
  • Somarani (derived from Soomar)
  • Rolyani
  • Jaghirani (derived from Jhagir)
  • Nariwal (derived from Bhag Nari,area in Baluchistan)
  • Fazulzai ( Fazal of Bhag Nari)

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See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Henry Miers Elliot (1867). History of India. Cambridge,Delhi: Cambridge. pp. 543, 544.
  2. ^ Khair Mohammad Burriro (2010). Encyclopedia of Castes. Hydearbad,Sindh: Sindhi Language Authority,Hyderabad,Sindh. p. 6000.
  3. ^ The Encyclopedia of Castes(in Sindhi)By Khair Mohammad Burriro Page no: 1520,1521
  4. ^ a b c Ayaz Hussain Bhagat (2012). The castes,tribes & nations living in sindh. Hydearbad,Sindh: Sindhi adabi board,hyderabad,sindh. pp. 822–824.
  5. ^ The Castes, Tribes and nations living in Sind (in Sindhi) By Ayaz Bhaghat pages 822,823,824
  6. ^ Mansel Longworth Dames (1904). The Baloch Race: A Historical and Ethnological Sketch. Royal Asiatic society. p. 75. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  7. ^ Anṡārī ʻAlī Sher ʻAlī (1901). A short sketch, historical and traditional, of the Musalman races found in Sind, Baluchistan and Afghanistan, their genealogical sub-division and septs, together with an ethnological and ethnographical account. Printed at the Commissioner's press. p. 24. Retrieved 8 June 2013.
  8. ^ History of Baluchistan By Rai Bahadur Hetoram 1907
  9. ^ Baluchistan in the constitution of history By Justice Retired Khuda Bakhsh Marri page: 261
  10. ^ The History of Yaqoubi By Sindhi lekhak page 41
  11. ^ a b Qazi Athar Mubarkapori (1907). Abbasid Caliphate and Subcontinent. Baluchistan,Pakistan: Baluchistan. p. 1500.
  12. ^ The Abbasid Caliphate and Subcontinent By Athar Mubarkapori page: 1251
  13. ^ Engineer Mir Iqbal Ahmed Mugheri (2012). "Mugheri: A Short Historical and Ethnological Sketch in Urdu" (PDF). Mugheri Website Publishers: 01. Retrieved 10 October 2013.