have a long association with Iraq and Muslims
presence in Arabia of many Hindus. Mostly Brahmins before the rise of
Islam, has been recorded by the historian Sisir Kumar Mitra, in his
book 'The Vision of India'. page 183. These people observed Hindu religious
customs, including the worship of Shiv and Makresh from which the name
of Mecca is said to have been derived. The famous astrologer Yavanacharya
was born of one such Brahmin family. It was from these Brahmins that
the Arabs learnt the science of Mathematics, Astrology, Algebra and
decimal notation which were first developed in Bharat.
At the time of the war of Karbala (Oct. 680 AD). Rahab Sidh Datt, a
potentate of Datt sect, was a highly esteemed figure of Arabia due to
his close relations with the family of Prophet Mohammed. In the holy
war when no Muslim King came to help Hussain. Rahab Dutt fought on his
Later on, when other Muslim section let loose an orgy of vendetta on
Shias and Datts, Datts returned to their motherland around 700 AD and
settled at Dina Nagar, District Sialkot (vide Bandobast Report of Gujarat
by Mirza Azam Beg page 422 and folk songs) and some drifted to as far
as the holy Pushkar in Rajasthan. Starting from Harya Bandar (modern
Basra on the bank of river Tigris) with swords in hand and beating durms,
they forced their way through Syria and Asia Minor and marching onwards
captured Ghazni, Balkh and Bukhara. After annexing Kandhar, they converged
on Sind and crossing the Sind they entered the Punjab.
An ancestor of Rahab named Sidh Viyog Datt assumed the title of Sultan
and made Arabia (old name Iraq) his home. He was a tough and tenacious
fighter. He was also known as Mir Sidhani. He was a worshipper of Brahma.
He was the son of the stalwart Sidh Jhoja (Vaj) who was a savant and
saint and lived in Arabia (Iraq) around 600 AD.
The supporters of Hassan and Hussain honored the Datts with the title
of 'Hussaini Brahmin' and treated them with great reverence in grateful
recognition of the supreme sacrifices made by them in the war of Karbala.
According to Jang Nama, written by Ahmed Punjabi, pages 175-176, it
was ordained on the Shias to recite the name of Rahab in their daily
prayer. At the time to the Karbala, fourteen hundred Hussaini Brahmins
lived in Baghdad alone.
Brief history of Karbala war :
During the war of Karbala between Nabi Mohammad Saheb's grandson Imam
Husain and Yazid. When Imam Husian was cornered in Karbala near Daria-E-Furat
now known as Hindiyah he wrote letter to his child hood friend Habib
and another letter was written to A Hindu King.
This letter was written by Imam Husain's son Ali Ibn-E-Husain to his
cousin brother Samudragupt the King of Bharat. This many sound strange
that how can a Muslim be a Hindu's cousin brother.
Around 1400 Years back the king of Iran was of Parsi religion had 2
daughters Meher Bano and Shaher Bano.
Meher Bano was married to King Chandragupt and Meher Bano's name was
renamed to Chandralekha. After few years Chandralekha's younger sister
Shaher Bano was married to Imam Husain. Chandralekha and Chandragupt
had a son called Samudragupt and was the King of Bharat when he got
letter from his cousin brother Ali Ibn-E-Husain.
King Samudragupt swiftly arranged a group of brave soldiers and sent
them to Karbala. The commander of that army was Rehab Dutt who was also
a Mohyal Brahman. It is said that when Rehab Dutt reached Karbala it
was too later and Imam Husain was martyred.
To avenge death of Imam Husain's death Rehab Dutt's army joined hands
with a Arab named Janab-E-Mukhtar who was admirer of Imam Husain and
they fought a memorable battle with the army of Yazid.
The place where Rehab Dutt's army stayed in Karbala is known as Dayar-E-Hind
also known as Hindiyah and even at present times this place is known
as Hindiyah in Iraq.
Some of these Brahmins got martyred in Karbala, some stayed in Karbala
and some returned back to Bharat. History remembers these Brahmin's
as Husaini Brahmins.
It is said that at the time of Karbala 1400 Hussaini Brahmins lived
in Bagdad alone.
The Saraswat Brahmins also call themselves as Hussaini Brahmans as
they were also part of Karbala war.
Panch Gaur Brahmins (five classes of north Bharat) are :
1. Saryupareen 2. Kanyakubja 3. Maithil 4. Saraswat and 5. Utkala.
Saraswat from Uttarapatha (Aryavart) (northern and eastern Bharat)
1. Kashmiri Pandits
2. Mohyal Brahmins
3. Rajapur Saraswat Brahmins
4. Gouda Saraswat Brahmins
5. Punjabi Saraswat Brahmins
6. Rajasthan Saraswat Brahmins
7. Chitrapur Saraswat Brahmin
8. Nasarpuri Sindh Saraswat Brahmin
9. Brahmbhatt Brahmin
Audichya Sahastra Brahmins and Idhar Vyas family :
Bhramins also have Gautam Gotra.
Audichya Sahastra Brahmins came from Kashmir and are Saraswat Brahmins.
The word Audich means North i.e. Kashmir.
From this we can say that maybe ancestors (Idhar Vyas family) took part
in war of Karbala.
Karbala War : 680 AD
Mulraj Solanki called Audichya Sahastra Brahmins at around : 950 AD
950 - 680 = 270.
There is a possibility that Saraswat Bhramins stayed in Iraq for approx.
250 to 270 years and came back to Kashmir.
We do not know exactly how long Idhar Vyas ancestors stayed in Iraq,
return date from Iraq to Kashmir and how long they stayed in Kashmir.