Dear brother please do tell me what status do Syeds have in Islam????

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Asalamualekum..
Dear brother please do tell me what status do Syeds have in Islam????
I know that all are equal, but here in India people pamper Syeds..
N do tell me if Syed(s) n Hashmi(s) are the same tribe!!!!
N will it be right to recorrect my name legally as
XXXX bin YYYY bin ZZZZZ al AAAAA.... 

 

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Syeds status in Islam

In the name of Allah, We praise Him, seek His help and ask for His forgiveness. Whoever Allah guides none can misguide, and whoever He allows to fall astray, none can guide them aright. We bear witness that there is none worthy of worship but Allah Alone, and we bear witness that Muhammad (saws) is His slave-servant and the seal of His Messengers.

 

Your Question: Dear brother please do tell me what status do Syeds have in Islam????
The literal meaning of the Arabic term ‘Syed’ is a ‘leader’,  and is used in colloquial Arabic as a term for respect like ‘Mr.’ or ‘Sir’ in the English language.

 

There is no particular sect or family which is known as ‘Syeds’.   This ‘Syed’ term for some reason has become synonymous in the Indo-Pak region to mean a descendant of the Noble Messenger of Allah (saws) and is most probably derived from the early Arab settlers who came to the Indo-Pak region and were called ‘Syeds’ in respect of their Arab heritage and lineage by the local population.

 

There are a lot of people in the Indian Subcontinent who call themselves ‘Syeds’ and connote that they are descendants of the Messenger of Allah (saws).    They may or may not be the direct descendants of the Prophet (saws) or from the Banu Hashim,  and Allah Subhanah Alone knows best.  

 

The descendants of the Noble Prophet of Allah (saws) are better known as the Banu-Hashim or the Hashimites, and amongst the famous people who claim to belong to the ‘Banu-Hashim’ today are the current Aga Khan and the rulers of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan!   

 

No person has any special rank or status in Islam or in the Sight of Allah Subhanah based simply on their race, or lineage, or color, or gender, or nationality, or language, etc…..for Allah Subhanah Declares in His Glorious Quran that the one who has the biggest status, rank, grade, and honor in the Sight of the Lord is one who has the most piety.

 

Allah says in the Holy Quran: Chapter 49 Surah Hujurat verse 13:
O mankind, We created you from one man and one woman, and then divided you into nations and tribes so that you may recognize one another.  Indeed, the most honorable among you in the sight of Allah is he who is the most pious of you.   Surely Allah is All-Knowing, All-Wise.

Dear and beloved brother in Islam, The Lord Most Just, Most Gracious does not reward or punish one based on one’s lineage, or race, or color, etc.; but the basis of Allah’s Mercy or Allah’s Wrath is determined by the individual’s own state of belief and his/her deeds alone! 

 

Allah Says in the Holy Quran Chapter 41 Surah Haa Meem verse 46:

46      Whoever works righteousness benefits his own soul; whoever works evil it is against his own soul: nor is thy Lord ever unjust (in the least) to His servants.

 

Your Question: N do tell me if Syed(s) n Hashmi(s) are the same tribe!!!!
’Syed’ is neither a tribe, nor a race…but it literally means a leader, and is colloquially used in the Arabic language as a term of honor and respect just as “Mr.’ or ‘Sir’ is used in the English language.

 

The ‘Banu-Hashim’, or ‘Hashimi’, or ‘Hashimites’ refer to the descendants of a famous ancestor of Prophet Mohamed (saws) called Hashim; thus if one claims to be a “Hashimi’ they imply that they belong to the descendants of the Noble Prophet Mohamed (saws).

 

Your Question: N will it be right to recorrect my name legally as XXXX bin YYYY bin ZZZZZ al AAAAA.... 

The term ‘Syed’ literally means a leader, ‘Ashraf’ means noble and honorable, and ‘Ali’ means high or excellent; and all three names whether used singly or with each other are perfectly good and acceptable names for a believer; and there is absolutely no need to change the name.   But if one wishes to change one’s name for any reason whatsoever, there is absolutely no harm.

 

Whatever written of Truth and benefit is only due to Allah’s Assistance and Guidance, and whatever of error is of me alone.  Allah Alone Knows Best and He is the Only Source of Strength.

 

Your brother and well wisher in Islam,

 

 

Burhan

 

 

 

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