There was a considerable discussion concerning query about the history of our fore-father, Syed Ibrahim bin Abu Bakr Gaznavi (RA). Enlightened us with incisive comments.
However, it goes without saying that in the whole sub-continent, there is no family except Malick family which has been identifying their forefather exclusively for so long i.e. for the last 600 years. It is really astounding as how the progeny of Syed Ibrahim (RA) managed to keep intact their identification and root for so long. To me, it’s indeed a
miracle of Syed Ibrahim (RA). This tendency (of tahaffuz-e Nasb) was earlier prevailed only among Arab tribes. Hence we find many qabayel among Arabs for instance, Banu Adnan, Banu Qahtan, Ghatfan, Khazraj, Aus, Tamim, Khza’ah, Hawazin, Rabi’ah, Thaqeef, Tai and Quraish etc. and then Banu Quraish which was further divided into many sub-tribes, such as Banu Hashim, Banu Umayyah, Banu Bakr, Banu Kilab, Banu Auf, Banu Kinanah, Banu Qusai, Banu Laith, Banu Sa’d, Banu Ghifar and Banu ‘Adi etc. and all tribes unanimously claim to be the progeny of Isma’yeil (AS) i.e Banu Isma’yeil and thus the descendants of Ibrahim (AS).
When the last prophet (the most beloved entity after Almighty) Muhammad b. Abdullah (sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) appeared on Arabian Peninsula as the last and final messenger, he did not abolish the concept of Qabeelah at all, rather he himself associated with the family of Banu Hashim and now and then expressed such words that explicates about him to be progeny of Ibrahim (RA). Qur’an too states: Millata abikum Ibrahim, huwa sammakum-ul Muslimeen (Translation: He has chosen you, and has imposed no difficulties on you in religion; it is the cult of your father Abraham. It is He Who has named you Muslims, both before and in this (Revelation)……(Surah al-Hajj: 78).
Qabeelah Banu Hashim supported our beloved prophet (sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam) unconditionally when all the tribes together boycotted and confined the prophet and his companion to shi’b-e Abi Talib (the small valley of Abu Talib). All the members of banu hashim family, whether they accepted Islam or not, joined hands with the prophet and they in turn bore up under the great stresses and strains of ever so difficult time (that defies description). This was the real benefit.
Khalid Waheed Falahi