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Kutchi Memons (Urdu: کچھی میمن‎) are a part of[clarification needed] largest Memons, a Muslim community of Pakistan and India, who speak the Memon language and are original residents of Kutch region.[1]

Transliteration of name of this Memon community has not been standardized. Hence popular usage is Cutchi and Kutchi.
Nevertheless, Kutchi Memons are Sunni Muslims who migrated from Sindh to Kutch in Gujarat, a state of India, after their conversion to Islam in 1422 CE[citation needed] . Historically, Kutch was a princely state and this kingdom included Bhuj, Anjar, Lakhpath, Mandvi, etc. The Kutchi Memons are now spread all over the globe. Though Kutchi Memons historically spoke Kutchi, use of this language has sharply declined, and many Kutchi Memons (particularly those who reside in urban areas) have adopted Urdu and other more dominant tongues. Scholars have conducted detailed studies about the origin and development of this community. Scholarly contributors include, Dr. Asghar Ali Engineer: Dr. Mohamed Taher, etc.

Kutchi Memons are a highly endogenous community, where marriages are arranged within their own ethnic group. Humeirah- a Novel written by Sabah Carrim, is about the Kutchi Memons. The story is set on the island of Mauritius.

Kutchi Memons are a predominantly business community and are known for their Philanthropy. The Kutchi Memons are spread all over the globe[2] and have erected many mosques all over the world.[3]

  • Jummah Masjid, Mauritius
  • Nakhoda Masjid, Kolkata
  • Kutchi Memon Masjid, Karachi
  • Haji Sir Ismail Sait Masjid, Bangalore
  • Memon Mosque, Pettah, Sri Lanka
  • Jafar Jumma Masjid, Alappuzha, Kerala
  • Memon Masjid, Mombasa, Kenya
  • Kutchi Memon Masjid, Mangalore

Kutchi Memon Masjid, MangaloreEdit

The Kutchi Memon Masjid, Mangalore (also known locally as the Katchi Palli) is located opposite the famous Bombay Lucky Restaurant in Mangalore. It was built in 1839 by Kutchi Memon spice traders from Gujarat. In 1930, this mosque was the first to get electric supply and the fourth to get electrified in Mangalore, during the British rule. It was also the first to use loudspeakers to call for Azan, and the first in Mangalore where the Friday sermon was delivered in Urdu.[4]

Haji Sir Ismail Sait Masjid , BangaloreEdit

The Haji Sir Ismail Sait Masjid is located at Mosque Road, Fraser Town, Pulekeshinagar, Bengaluru, Bangalore Central Business District. It was built on land donated by Haji Sir Ismail Sait who was well known a businessman and philanthropist of Karnataka. The mosque was developed over the years to what it is today and has a capacity of approximately 3000 musallis or worshippers. It is on the way to the Bangalore International Airport and is frequently visited by people from all across the world. It also has a WAKF charitable medical assistance in its premises. The mosque vicinity also has a Karnataka Government Urdu school. The mosque is air conditioned. It has a library in the vicinity with a good collection of Islamic books and a guest house for muslim guests travelling on Islamic work. Many Islamic scholars have given their speeches at this mosque and it is visited by very educated people. The mosque has a small Islamic store at the gate. Many charitable and Islamic microfinance activities take place at the mosque as well. The Fajar or dawn prayers and the maghrib or dusk prayers sees big flocks small song birds visiting the flora. The mosque also sees many Christians from nearby churches who work with the muslims on Islam. It serves Ramadan iftar. The mosque is maintained by the trust and through the efforts of the mosque management team that works around the clock to keep the mosque neat and clean at all times. Facilities include parking for two wheelers, wadu khana, small and well maintained gardens, nikah, funerals, Islamic summer classes for children and Islamic education.

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  1. ^ Memon : There are also related ethnic groups such as the Kutchi (or Cutchi) Memons and Sindhi Memons.
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  3. ^ Cutchi Memon Jamath - Mosques built by them
  4. ^ Saldanha-Shet, I J (17 June 2014). "A symbol of Kutchi Memons" (Bangalore). Deccan Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2015.