Kakkay Abbasi

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Kakkay Abbasi
ککے عباسی
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Other namesKakkay Sheikhs
OccupationPunjabi Speaking tribe

Kakkay Abbasi (Urdu: ککے عباسی) also known as Kakkay Sheikhs (ککے شیخ) a Punjabi Speaking tribe in Sirhind region of Punjab as in Ropar/Rupnagar (روپڑ) Kharar, Chamkur Sahib, Nangal, Kotla Nihang, Morinda, Anandpur Sahib, Sangrur, Patiala (پٹیالہ) and Malerkotla.

After partition in 1947 this clan migrated to Pakistan mainly in Districts of Sheikhupura and Lahore.

According to Ambala Gazetteer edition (1883-84) [1] and edition (1923-24) [2] Tehsil Ropar (روپڑ) counted their large number of population. In Ambala Gazetteer they are mentioned as "She khs" or Sheikhs. Who are considered above Pathans but below to Sayyads among Muslims.

Shekhian Mohalla [3] that is situated in Rupnagar city named after their surname Sheikh. According to Ambala Gazetteer 1923-24. (Page No. 59)

"(Sheikhs) were land holders but depend largely on their tenants and do not perform agriculture themselves." [4]

Kakkay is gotra name of this tribe. Origin of "Kakkay" is not known but in local Punjabi Language Kakkay word is used for Beautiful Youngman of fair complxion.


According to local tradition this tribe descended

from Abbas ibn Abdul-Muttalib, who was paternal uncle of the Islamic Prophet, Muhammad (PBUH). They made colony in Sirhind (near Ropar) in 1520. [5]


Kakkay Abbasi are Sunni and Wahabi. They are devotees of Ahmad Sirhindi. [6]


  1. "Ambala District Gazetteer - 1883-84". revenueharyana.gov.in. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  2. "Ambala District Gazetteer - 1923-24". revenueharyana.gov.in. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  3. "Shekhian Mohalla". Shekhian Mohalla. Retrieved 2020-06-01.
  4. Punjab District Gazetteers: Ambala district, 1923-24. Superintendent, Government Printing. 1908.
  5. Blunt, Sir Edward (2010). The Caste System of Northern India. Gyan Publishing House. ISBN 978-81-8205-495-0.
  6. Robinson, Francis (2010-11-04). The New Cambridge History of Islam: Volume 5, The Islamic World in the Age of Western Dominance. Cambridge University Press. ISBN 978-1-316-17578-1.

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