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Raashid Usman Sait

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History and Origin
Memons are an ethnic ( liguistic ) group tracing their roots largely to Sindh , Kutch and Kathiwar. Historically Memons are a mercantile community (and are generally referred to as a business community) They are well respected Muslim Entrepreneurs, Philanthropist and Humanitarian in the Indian subcontinent and elsewhere. Memons are, generally, well known for being honest, hardworking and innovative.
Traditionally, the name Memon is an adaptation of Momin ( Arabic ) meaning faithful. Memons predominantly adhere to Sunni Islam.

Sindhi, Gujarati, and Arab origins
More than one hypothesis has been forwarded about the origins of the Memon community. These hypotheses, although similar, differ in their details. This could be because Memons have had to rely on oral history in order to determine their origins.
According to Anthovan, those Lohanas of Thhato who converted to Islam became Memons and were invited by Jarejho Roa Khanghar, ruler of Bhuj (1548-1584) to settle in Bhuj. It is from there that Cutchi Memons migrated to Kathiawar and Gujarat. Surat in Gujarat was an important trading center during 1580 to 1680 and Memons made their bounty there. Later, the Memons reached Bombay.[2] Diwan Bherumal M. Advani writes that all the Memons of Bombay, Gujarat and Kutch are Lohanas from Sindh. (A volume written by Mr. Anthovan, part 2, pages 52 and 53).[2]
Another theory states that Memons originated in 1422 CE from Thatta in Sindh. The converts were first called Momins or Mumins and the term, with the march of time, changed to Memons.[3] The story related therein states that some 700 Lohana families, (inclusive, perhaps of some earlier covert and neo-Muslim converts) comprising of some 6178 individuals, succumbed and converted to Islam at the hands of one Sayed Yusuffuddin Qadri (rahimathullah) and finding themselves banished by their erstwhile Hindu brothers were forced to migrate.[1] This was also stated by Hussain Kassim Dada from his Presidential Chail at the first ever All India Memon Conference in Rajkot in the year 1931.
A fourth theory according to Karimbaksh Khalid is that certain soldiers of Arab tribe Banu Tamim of Qatif, near Ta’if, came to Sindh along with Muhammad bin Qasim, where they were known as Maymenah, right-wingers in the army; this word later evolved to become Memons. According to this theory, the Memons were originally Arabs. [7]

Cutchi Memons
Memon community may be divided into three main groups. Those who traced their ancestors from Kutch region are identified as Cutchi Memon and they speak Kutchi dialects. Those who traced their ancestry to Kathiawar are identified as simply Memon or Kathiawadi Memons or Halai Memons and they speak Memoni. Those Memon who remained in Sindh (their ancestor never migrated to neighboring regions such as Kutch and Kathiawar) are identified as Sindhi Memon and speak Sindhi language.
Generally? a Memon is a Muslim person born within a Memon family which traces its ancestry back to the descendants of the ?community originating from Sindh whose members first embraced Islam, including Halai Memon, Okhai Memon, Sindhi ?Memon, Kutchi Memon, Kathri, Tharati, Nasarpuria and others? [6]

Memons speak an unwritten language called Cutchi, a mixture of Sindhi and Gujarathi which belongs to the Indic North-Western Zone family of languages. While the Sindhi and Kutchi languages are spoken by both Muslims and non-Muslims, Memoni refers exclusively to the vernacular of the Kathiawadi Memons who are predominately Sunni Muslims that migrated from Sindh to the neighbouring regions of Kutch and Kathiawar in Gujarat several centuries ago [7]. In stress, intonation, and everyday speech, Memoni is very similar to Sindhi, but it borrows vocabulary extensively from Gujarati, Hindustani and lately English[citation needed]. Like most languages of the Indian subcontinent the sentence structure of Memoni generally follows subject -> object -> verb order.

Role of the Jamaat
Memons generally tie to their respective locally well-organized societies called "Jamat", literally means congregation, which are generally established for the betterment and social welfare of its members which may include issuance of marriage license, matrimonial dispute resolution, adaptation and enforcement of the rules and guidelines against certain undesirable customs, establish healthcare and education centres, provide various facilities for the community need? and also financial support and housing? for the poor and needy members and sometime non-members.

Memons Worldwide
Memons migrated from Sindh to Kutch, and latter to Kathiawar (Kathiawad) and other part of Gujarat. Memons spread throughout the Indian Ocean basin in the 19th century, but most Memons lived in Kathiawar, prior to the Partition of India. Many later settled in Pakistan. Today, they are scattered throughout India and the port city of Karachi in Pakistan, with significant communities in the United Kingdom, Canada, USA, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Malawi, Kenya, Mauritius, Singapore, Australia and Burma.
Memons are known for their involvement in business and philanthropy. An increasing number of Memons are turning to professional occupations.[8]
Owing to their tradition of management and attention to detail, Memons are a prosperous community. They have built vast business legacies and a high percentage of Memons around the world belong to the upper-middle class. [9]

Religious practices
Memons mostly follow the Hanafi school of Sunni Islam although some are known to follow other Sunni schools such as the Maliki and Shafi`i schools. [10].

Marriage customs
Memons usually marry within their own social affiliation (Jamat) (endogamy), depending on circumstances a group (Jamat) may be as small as few hundred families and as large as few thousand families. For example Cutchi Memon define their jamat to be entire group having very few sub-groups whereas Kathiawadi Memons are branched into few dozens sub-groups. For Kathiawadi Memon a group, by and large, usually shares their ancestor village in Kathiawad as a reference point. Marriage between close relatives especially first cousins is discouraged but such reunion is possible where a group is too small. Marriage outside the social group (e.g. marrying a Surti Muslim) is now quite common and accepted by most Memons, although some community elders may still discourage it.

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