Barkas: A Small Yemen in Hyderabad



Barkas people with US Consulate General, Hyderabad

The place wears a deserted look. Except for a few men spotted walking in this galli, with a different variety of dress that resembles Lungi and kameez. One can get an impression of walking in an Arab street, the long walled houses with Arabi script inscribed in them. As you walk by, you can smell the flavour of Sulaimani chai wafting along the breeze from the nearby chai shop. Talking over the special Sulaimani Chai in front of his shop, Sultan Cold drinks, Sultan Sayeed Bin Ali Al Kaseri, a cheerful old gentleman, with wrinkles and white beard prominent in his face, greets us with his betel flavoured smile. A respected old man well known here, chats gleefully about his years of living in this place, which has been his home for his family for about two centuries. He regales “I can tell you lot of stories which may not be there in the history book. Since I don’t have formal education I can’t substantiate it with facts and figures, but I have knowledge which I got through constant interaction with elder people”.

His stories start from the history of Barkas and continue on and on where he brings even the contemporary history, politics, and toponymy (stories behind the names of places) etc. His predecessors started coming to Hyderabad some two hundred years ago. They were called for working in the Nizam’s Army. Earlier they were in Maheshwaram and had to come around 50 kms to work. So the Nizam allotted them some land nearby army barracks. Later on, Barkas became the name of place, where this basti is situated. It is also a very strategic army point since the place is surrounded by four hills. They are Chakki pahad, Chandrayangutta,Nalakula pahad, Chuhe ka pahad. There is place called Gurramcheru in between these hills, it was the place where Nizam’s horses were left to graze and drink. In Telugu Gurram means horse Cheru means lake.

Sultan Sayeed explains with pride about their loyalty to Government. They also took part in many wars. They were in World War II and were also present in the army that got freedom from Japan. General Edroos (Habeeb Mohammed Ahmed El Edroos), one of the leading commanders of the then army and G M Sayeed, the third commander of Nizam’s Force in 1962, which fought against China were from this Yemen community. Sultan clarifies that they were always loyal to the government, irrespective of the party that forms the government. “Barkas is special as they have never gone against the government. They belong to every party but loyal to Government.”

Talking about the distinct Yemeni cultural identity, he stresses on how the people have been keen on preserving their culture. Their long Arabic name, food and dress are indicators of their unique cultural identity. When asked about his name, he tells he belongs to the Kabila, which is in the ruling of Yemen. The name ‘Sultan’ indicates this. Kabila means different tribes among Arabs, usually the ending part of an Arab name indicates one’s Kabila. According to Sultan, there are almost 200 Khabilas in Barkas alone and more than one lakh in Arabia. Their common dress is the same, that of the Yemen’s common dress, Me’uaz, futah(Long Checked Lungie), Kameez(long shirt), Shal( head gear). A normal Lungie, futah will cost around 300 to 400 rupees. According to Sultan, the costly ones are available even at a range of ten thousand rupees.

Ali Kasim Ahmed Moosa, a native Yemeni, a PhD Scholar, from University of Hyderabad, has done two years of research over the Barkas. He says “Barkas is a small Yemen in Hyderabad, I felt like home when I visit Barkas. It is same that of my home, like any other street in my village. The dress, food structure everything is the same. Even I could feel the wisdom of Yemeni language when some of the elder people spoke to me in Arabic, though I couldn’t see much of it in the younger generation”

The food culture is pre-dominantly Yemen and availability of the variety makes it. They include marg( meat soup), Mogdaf ( a variety of dish made by liver & lungs), Roti with honey and ghee etc. Now rice has also become a part of their food habit. When asked about the Hyderabadi biriyani, Sultan’s friend Bilal Bafana joins in, “This hyderabadi biriyani became popular through a Yemeni bawarchi (cook) named Amar Hannain, (who is actually from this Barkas). He cooked for Pandit Nehru, Nizam and even Raj Kapoor. He is even getting pension from them. His pather ka gosh, a dish prepared by of roasting meat on slab of stone is also famous.”

The wedding function is also similar to that of Yemeni’s and is held in nikahkhana, or in mosques. In the night, they sit in a group and sing. Earlier days it was baiths (verses in Arabic) now it is Qawalis in Urdu. Walima, another custom in the wedding function is held on the second day after the marriage.

It is interesting to know the different kind of systems, working in Barkas. There are different committees for different social activities like committee for marriage function, funeral Service, Medical Service etc.; all of them are named in Arabic language like Majilisul Sabil ul Khair (Masjid committee). There is a committee for emergency medical care and they provide ambulances also, the committee is called Al Shabab. Barkas people are proud about their emergency ambulance service, which has been functioning for the last twenty five years, which is much before the State EMRI Ambulance service.

Whenever some delegates come from Yemen, they use to visit this small Yemen, Barkas. Even people of Barkas often visit Yemen.  For smoothening issues related to travel like Visa, Air tickets and other documents, there works an office called Jamaatul-ul-Yamenia.

This community is popularly known as Hadhramis in Hyderabad. The term is actually a name of a place in Yemen. There is no evidence of any scientific or historic account of this community’s love for migration. The meaning of the Arabic word Hadharmout is Death has come. It may be indicative of one’s destiny. But whatever it is, Wherever a Yemeni lives. He/she lives a Yemeni, by sticking to their Socio-cultural lineage. And these Barkas people signify that.

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87 Responses to “Barkas: A Small Yemen in Hyderabad”

  1. Barkas: A Small Yemen in Hyderabad | Second Wedding Dresses Says:

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  2. Omran Bin Ahmed Says:

    Nice to read our Barkas part of history.

  3. mohammed bin abdullah al yafaie Says:

    yes we all and also who lives in yemen agreed the real roots of yemeni people are burried in hyderabad the place called barkas!!!!
    and many famous tribes like alyafaie,ba-emeen, alkatheri,alamoodi,aljabri,binmahfooz,balbahed,binmaazi,etc

    • murtaha Says:

      Ahlan ya Mu7ammad. Salamtak akhee al kareem. I have a question for you. My family is from hyderabad, and we are of yemeni decent, but when the partition happen, my family had migrated to pakistan. I am trying to track our qabeela. Can you provide me a list of the tribes that went. Our family last name is siddiqi I am trying to find out more information. shukran wa barakallahu feek, wa salamu 3alaykum.

    • murtatha Says:

      السلام عليكم أخي
      I’ll message on you on facebook, My name there is ابو العز

    • Tayeed Says:

      Ahlan Ya Mohammed, Salam alaikum al kareem brother. This is Tayeed from hyderabad iam from al Nahdi tribe i want to know details about our tribe (Al Nahdi).u wrote that u have a book of tribe names will u plz give me details about it brother.And also ur contact number. ur responce is much appreciated to me. Walaikum salam brother.

  4. shareefmp Says:

    Thanks for reading the article

  5. shareefmp Says:

    Thanks

  6. Ahmed Bindiyab Says:

    Nice to read the detail on our history.

  7. habeeb eledroos Says:

    i have read this whole document and i m very much happy,but i found one mistake in this document that the name of general aidrous is habeeb mohammed ahmed el edroos so i found that u wrote aidrous i want u to correct it.

  8. Yslam Awad Bin Gursain Says:

    Mashallah

  9. faisal mohd bin awad barziq Says:

    aaahhh why u dident wrote my khabila ((barziq aldaiyani)).
    write it me faisal mohd bin awad barziq aldaiyani
    i am in uae but i have the naulage of barkas…..

  10. Hasan Aslam Bawazeer Says:

    As salamualikum

    Its a good article and thank you for posting it, well yeah its really a good place to be around the feeling while walking the lanes of Barkas is something relaly different and people have maintianed they culture thats a good thing and i hope it goes on, its not seprating themselves from the outer world but important thing is mainting the culture even afte the 4th generations.

    Regards

  11. shareefmp Says:

    Walaikumussalam

    Thank you very much for reading and commneting on the article..

  12. ikam Says:

    hey i wanna ask u all if i was arab and in hyderabad wat was after my name IKRAM ………………….need answer erjent

  13. Majid Abdul Wahab Bawazir Says:

    Nice to read about our community. It is proved small in numbers but we have played a important part in this country. Contuning to be famous for being loyal and proud of our culture.

    Thank you and need for more information.

  14. Omer Bin Hydra Says:

    Good article, waiting to read more of your articles on Barkas.

  15. omer bin mohd abillail Says:

    i am not satisfied about this b.coz they were no name name about the jan nisar yar jung who was the founder of barkas and his full name is awadh bin sayeed abillail he was the braviour commanding officer in jammiath a mahboob and his son naser bin jan nisar yar jung he is also commanding officer in maisram

  16. Abdulla Awainy Says:

    salam aleykum the part barkas is really liked by many people for its culture

  17. Ibrahim bin omer Says:

    Thanks alot for giving such a informative article n I would say Iam proud to be an ARAB and all arabs should be…..!!!!!!!! And I want my kabilah to b added…..its Al-Bakri……..!!!!!!

  18. abdulrahman balasqua Says:

    see my facebook
    please add my khabila
    abdulrahman bin abdulaziz balasqua

  19. AHMED BIN AMAR SHARABI Says:

    YES

  20. AHMED BIN AMAR SHARABI Says:

    YES ITS TRUE ARTICAL ABOUT BARKAS N ITS A SMALL YEMAN YES WE ARE PROUD 2 BE AN ARAB N 4M YEMAN I YHANK 2 MY FRIENDS 4 THIS GOOD ARTICAL

  21. habeeb mohd bin hassan balfaqi Says:

    nice

  22. saleh baakra Says:

    i read the all story and i know saleem sutan and he knows me i
    i want to one more think hamdan baakra,s mangos allso very famaus in barkas ask any who live in barkas….ok thanks for write the history of barkas..

  23. saleh baakra Says:

    now im in dubai my mobile .no.0554409915

  24. ahmed alkthery Says:

    ِالسلام عليكم
    يا حي الله الجميع
    وياأهل بركس هاجرتم من اليمن منذ زمان
    وسويتم للدنيا تاريخا
    وماخليتم المكان في العالم
    الله يعينكم على شعب العالم

    • Salman Ibn Badgail Says:

      أشكركم على رغباتكم، إن الله قد تبين لنا الطريق الصحيح

  25. ahmed alkthery Says:

    ِأخوكم في الله أحمد بن سعيد بن محمد آل عبدالعزيز الكثيري

  26. mubarak binmaritan Says:

    yes barkas is a small yeman

  27. Yasar Hasan Bin Gursain Says:

    Salamalikum !
    Thanks for the article.Its quite interesting to know about barkas and its history behind it.Hope that our culture and values remain sustained.

  28. saba Says:

    i want to know more n more about Barkas people…………plz help me out,…a am in love wd a Barkas boy lives in USA………!!! a can gv him my life so easily…a love him so much…He is very good by heart…he is a perfect Muslim and Alhamdulillah a Haafiz-e-Quran…he is very Modest..a love him…

    Regards

  29. shareefmp Says:

    Oh..nice..See I have written this article one year back… That was the first time i visited Barkas.. Right now I am working here in Hyderabad as reporter in a daily called Deccan Chronicle… I don’t know I can help you in any way… If at all I’m ready to do that… regards my email ID is shareefmpm@gmail.com

  30. abubakar bin hussain bin abdulmajeed bawazeer Says:

    salamalikom i have read this article of our barkas and im proud to our old arabs

  31. ahmed abdulrahman alboasi alyafai Says:

    salaamalikom nice to read abt barkas n proud to b a part of barkas our fathers n grandfathers are the natives of yamen.n m proud to born in this community

  32. Abdullah Imani Says:

    GOOD PIC ALSO

  33. Abdullah Imani Says:

    IN THIS PIC AMERICAN CONSULAR IN HYDERABAD WITH AL ADROUS FAMILY AND MR AHMED SAADI.

  34. sumo Says:

    they r all liers they r all original indians

  35. sultan mahsan bin Ali Al-Kaseri Says:

    Al-hamdulilah feels so proud after hearig about Barkas Dignity.Thanks to the People Who gives Respect to Barkas. ALLAH always Bless Barkas & peopleof there living.

  36. Shaik Abdul Basith Says:

    as salam va rahma ., i am in hyd near barkas but my fore fathers are from yemen we belong to BIN AFEEF Qabila in yemen hydermout where i can find shijra for bin afeef. plz if u know send me details mail on prof.basith@gmail.com.

  37. BU ABDULLA AL NAHDI Says:

    IT’S VERY INTERESTING TO KNOW,OUR FATHERS/GRANDFATHERS WERE VERY GOOD EXAMPALES THEY ALL WORK HARD IN BARKAS AND BROUGHT UP THEIR CHILDREN IN GOOD ARAB SOCIETY.OUR KABILAH “AL NAHDI “WELL KNOWN TO ALL IN BARKAS AND THEY WERE IN BARKAS ARMY.PLEASE INCLUDE IN THIS DOCUMENT “AL NAHDI” KABILAH WHICH IS VERY BIG IN HADHRAMOUTH AND SAUDIA ARABIA AS WELL AS IN GULF STATES

    • Tayeed Says:

      as salamualaikum brother, this is tayeed from hyderabad we are from al nahdi tribe. I want to know more about our tribe bcoz we lost our shajra if u help me brother it will great for me and to our tribe.If u not mine can i have ur email id/cell number.Take mine friends_tayeed@yahoo.co.in.Ur early responce is much appreciated to me. Allah hafiz.

  38. BU ABDULLA AL NAHDI Says:

    An excellent information and please encourage BARKAS all KABILAHS to add their information.Please include our well know KABILAH in Barkas which is “AL NAHDI”

  39. aboodi Says:

    nice information about barkas keep it up buddy

  40. ashis Says:

    one of my friend from Morocco has asked me to help her doing a documentary film on Barkas, showing the Arabic culture in Hyderabad. i came to know about Barkas with this article. very much overwhelmed to know the story as one of my close friend was from Barkas named Mohmmad Jabri. i had been to the place to attend a marriage function of his family, the food was real good and peopel are very friendly.good to know more about the place. this sunday i am going with me friend to cover the story and shoot. hoping to get some people who can help her in telling more story about the place and its culture and history.
    please do contact Ash:9866152641

  41. Ashis Pahi Says:

    One of my friend from Morocco has asked me to help her doing a documentary film on Barkas, showing the Arabic culture in Hyderabad. i came to know about Barkas with this article. very much overwhelmed to know the story as one of my close friend was from Barkas named Mohmmad Jabri. i had been to the place to attend a marriage function of his family, the food was real good and peopel are very friendly.good to know more about the place. this sunday i am going with me friend to cover the story and shoot. hoping to get some people who can help her in telling more story about the place and its culture and history.
    please do contact Ash:9866152641

  42. waheed bin muneer Says:

    as salamu alay kum i have i problemscan ubrother solve my problem actually my father told we are yemeni but we dont no my kabila my grand my old person r there but they dont the kabila name so how can i foundmy kabila plz help me iam in hyderabad my grand parents settle in the ranga reddy dist tandur small village tattepally but they are died my grand father sisters are there but they dont no akabila but they are saying we are yemanis hadramut so plz help me as soon as possible my father he says he dont no about the kabila as salamu alay kum

  43. waheed bin muneer Says:

    my grand father name is abdullah bin abdul rahman he is died last 30 years ago my father he dont no about the kabila my (taya) is there but he also dont no about the kabila so plz help me my yemani brothers as soon as possible

    as salumu alay kum

  44. waheed bin muneer Says:

    my grand parents how there settle in the small villagewhy they live barkas and settle in the small village i dont no my father also dont no about so plz help if u have any registered files about there information plz inform me as soon as possible

  45. waheed bin muneer Says:

    as salamtak akhee al kareem i have a quastion for my yemeni brothers iam from hyderabad and we are yemenis but my jad my grand father left barkas migrated to near a small village (tattepally ) near kohir medak DISt iam trying to track my qabeela can u provide me a list of the tribe that went . my grand father name was abdul rahman I am trying to find out more information. shukran wa barakallahu feek, wa salamu alaykum.

  46. Abdullah Bin Yaseen Baseeid Says:

    i m hyderabadi la kin kabila yemeni my name is abdullah bin yaseen baseeid

  47. Sawood hassan imani Says:

    Assalamaliakum ( barkas is a cool place ) ye pure hyd mein acha area hai yah per football ground hai aur football club bi hai . Yah per badi masjid hai jis ka naam jama masjid hai

  48. hussain saleh lahji Says:

    asalamalakum Good article, waiting to read more of your articles on Barkas.

  49. ahmed Binmahfooz Says:

    Really is good to share thoughts our culture and peoples are keen to know more about our history and really we proud on our tribe,cultural,activites.

  50. habeeb mohammed jamal-ul-lail Says:

    allah bring peace in barkas brothers

  51. mohammed bin ali sharabio Says:

    i read the whole article, its true and their is lot of things to write. i too proud to be yemeni and also proud to be from barkas and sharabi family.

  52. Sajjad Quraishi Says:

    I am trying to get hold of my Childhood friend,Ali Bin Muhammad for the past 32 years.Ali works in a bank in Jeddah or Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
    We went to All Saints High School and Ali was a star football player.

    If somebody can get me his email address or pass my contact information,I will really appreciate it.
    shq1314@gmail.com

    Thank you, Sajjad

  53. hussain bin saleh lahji Says:

    hussain bin saleh lahji
    from barkas hyderabad

  54. habeebmohdbinjaffer aljelani,misri gunj Says:

    nice place barkas. Iam very happy to see our history of legendry place barkas.our arab brother are ruling in hyderabad.near about 2centuries with a special costume lungi and kameez.

  55. salman Says:

    nice

  56. habeeb mohammed bin ali albahar Says:

    massalah nice i see today this artical and read

  57. Ahmed Says:

    Assalamualaikum .
    Ya aqueen my name is Ahmed al jabri I am from hyderabad I want to know about my family tree or shijra (as my father says) can anyone of you help me in this regard…..and also it seems my grandfather was connected with osmanabad and latur it seems his name was bakhed al jabri……can anyone please find me or help me in finding the shijra……
    Regards,
    Ahmed Al jabri

  58. syed abu owais Says:

    mashallha nice bhai …………….

  59. Sahil Bin Hamid Ali Al-Alawi Says:

    I Proud To Be a Arab, & I Also Proud That My Forefather’s Was Belongs To Yemen……! In Hyderabad Barkas Is a Place That We Found Our Culture In Dressing Or Else In Food. I Feel Proud & Great….! Thank U…..

  60. Shaik Ahmed Hassan Baraqba Al-Amoudi Says:

    Dear Collogues,

    I would like to thanks you all for a comment against Barkas.
    Because Barkas is nice place and all the times we are missing our people. We can called small hadramout b’coz all famous families are there. That is a nice history of barkas. Please come to the barkas and let enjoy like small hadramout.

    Thanks & Best Regard

  61. ali amar nahdi Says:

    i too belong from nahdi kabilah

  62. zubair bin aziz bahashwan Says:

    nice things written about Barkas

  63. SALMAN IBN AL-SALAH IBN AL-SAEED IBN AL BADGAIL Says:

    Nice to see Arabs All over the World,
    Specially the Peoples of Yemen, My Tribe is also from Yemen but I got Saudi Nationality… Nice Place Barkas My most Relatives Live here….

  64. Faisal Saad Said Says:

    My Father went to East Africa 1930s. He used to tell us that hie relatives went to India. He was Saad Bin Saidi Mubarak, Abdul Rahman Al Musali. originally fro Ya fee . Born in Al Qatn and grew up in Tarim (Hadharamout).His father Said had sea going vessels for trade from Aden mainly. He was the only one who went to East Africa.Others to Hydrabad and even Malaysia. we are still searching for our great roots. one day Ishall tell you what this one man did in Uganda and you will all be proud InshaAllah.

  65. Mohammed alsaadi Says:

    Barkas very nice city many qabila like this ALSAADI FAMILY
    AL LAHJI
    AL AMOUDI
    BARAMADHA
    LAHMADI
    BAWAZEER
    BAHATAB
    AL YAFAI
    MOHAMMED BIN HASSAN ALSAADI
    AMER BIN SALAM ALSAADI
    kaseri
    YAMANI
    EMANI
    BAKOBAN
    SHAHWALI
    WAHLAN
    AL GUTMI
    AL JABRI
    BIN HARIZ
    Baramzan
    Al gurnah
    Ballasqa
    Zubeidi
    Baosman
    Etc

  66. Mubarak Hasan Alsaadi Says:

    Nice Article About Barkas, Picture Also Nice My Uncle Ahmed Alsaadi On Left Side Looking Handsome in Taybaan With U.S General Council Hyd….!!

  67. Sultan Ali Bin Sayeed Al kaseri Says:

    AlhAmdulillAH….. My Dears…. Myself Sultan Ali… Son Of Sultan Sayeed Bin Ali Al kaseri… From Barkas…. We have Lot of Info If u wanA more then Come to uS… InshA AllaH… U will be Happy.. 🙂

  68. Sultan Ali Bin Sayeed Al kaseri Says:

    ThankS To All…. The Article Given By My Father Mr.Sultan Sayeed Bin Ali Al Kaseri…. AlhAmdulillAaH…..

  69. SHAIK ABDULLAH BIN AFIF Says:

    Mashallah

  70. ali bin mohammed bazavi Says:

    ALI BIN MOHAMMED BAZAVI.

    An excellent information and please encourage BARKAS all KABILAHS to add their information.Please include our well know KABILAH in Barkas which is “Al bazavi”

  71. Saleh bin Abood bin Abdullah Basalam Says:

    Wallahi I am very happy to read history of
    Our Arabic roots

  72. tayeed Says:

    abdullah al nahdi brother will u plz share al nahdi tribe information with me its documents,etc.iam also nahdi but i need my know my people. will send ur email id/cell no. to me in my email id friends_tayeed@yahoo.co.in

  73. tayeed Says:

    salamualakum abdullah al nahdi this is tayeed from hyderabad I am also from al nahdi tribe but I need documents and information about our tribe will u plz share it with me.ur early response is much appreciated to me. my email I’d friends_tayeed@yahoo.co.in.or call me 9618226089. Allah hafiz.

  74. HASSAN AHMED Says:

    PLEASE ENCOURAGE ALL YEMENI TRIBES IN BARKAS TO RECORD THEIR BRIEF SUMMARY OF THEIR FAMILIES ON THIS SITE SO PEOPLE CAN HAVE TOUCH WITH THEM.THIS IS
    VERY GOOD SITE TO RECORD YOUR FULL NAMES AND BRIEF HISTORY OF YOUR FATHERS/GRANDFATHES WORKING LOCATION ETC.WE BARKAS HOLDING HADHERAMIS CULTURE BUT WE SHOULD ENCOURAGE TO OPEN MORE ARABIC SCHOOLS IN BARKAS BEFORE THEIR LOOSE THEIR ARABIC LANGUAGE.I HAVE VISITED INDONESIA AND MET ALL
    YEMENIS TRIBES AND THEY ARE WELL CONNECTED WITH HADHRAMOUTH TRIBES IN SPEAK GOOD ARABIC LANGUAGE WHICH IS VERY IMPORTANT FOR BARKAS HADHRAMIS TRIBE
    AND LANGUAGE OF OUR HOLY QURAN.INSHALLAH BROTHERS & SISTERS TO ENCOURAGE LEARN ARABIC LANGUAGE AND TEACH YOUR CHILDREN TOO.

    REGARDS
    BU ABDULLA AL NAHDI
    FROM UNITED ARAB EMIRATES

  75. Sohail Turkey Says:

    Assalaamu AlaiKim

  76. Shaik Ali bin abdul rahman baosman al amoodi Says:

    Aasalam walakom nice to read this about barkas we proud over old people ho came from yaman and i proud my grand father late shaik ahmed bin abdul rahman ba osman al amoodi (shaik godar) barkas is a peaceful basti

  77. Shaik Ali bin abdul rahman baosman al amoodi Says:

    Aasalam walakom Nice article barkas is really good and v proud over old people ho came from yaman and i proud my grand father late shaik ahmed bin abdul rahman ba osman al amoodi(shaik godar) yes sultan bhai say right so many kabilas is ther in barkas and i proud i born in baosman alamoodi family

  78. NAVEED ALJABRI Says:

    its so nice to see that people are interested in exploring our tribes.
    indeed i feel so proud to be a part of it.
    may ALLAH bring and keep peace to the place where our martyrs used to live i..e…BARKAS.

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