Siddiqui
صدیقی (Urdu)
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Religion
Sunni Islam
Related ethnic groups
Arab

Siddiqui (Urdu: صدیقی) are a South Asian Muslim Sheikh community, found mainly in India and Pakistan, and in expatriate communities in Saudi Arabia and Middle East Region. They claim to be the descendants of Abu Bakr, the first Sunni Caliph, who was a companion of and the father-in-law of Muhammad.[1] Sociological study indicates they likely descend from a subgroup of the Hindu Kayastha record-keeper caste who Islamized at some point.[2]

The title "As-Siddiq" (Arabic: الصديق) was given to the first Abu Bakr. His title "Siddiqui" is an attributive form of the Arabic As-Siddiq.[3]

People

Main article: Siddiqui (name)

References

  1. ^ Juan Eduardo Campo, Encyclopedia of Islam, Infobase Publishing, 2009
  2. ^ Khanam, Azra (20 February 2004). Muslim backward classes: a sociological perspective. SAGE Publications (published 30 August 2013). p. 90. ISBN 9780761997818.((cite book)): CS1 maint: date and year (link)
  3. ^ "Abu Bakr". Encyclopedia of Islam (2nd ed.). His father was Abu Quhafa ..., and he is therefore sometimes known as Ibn Abi Quhafa. ... The names ‘Abd Allah and ‘Atiq ('freed slave') are attributed to him as well as Abu Bakr, but the relation of these names to one another and their original significance is not clear. ... He was later known by Sunni Muslims as al-Siddiq, the truthful, the upright, or the one who counts true