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Castes And Tribes Of Southern India-Vol V

by Edgar Thurston

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MAGRAY-THE WARRIORS & MARTIALS OF KASHMIR: Magray is a Martial Kashmiri tribe of Rajput origin. Magray sprung from Kashtri - un-Nassal Rajput. Kashtri-un-Nassal Rajput are one of the four classes of Hindus. Kashtri were people of ruling class having responsibility for the defence of the state. Ladhay Magray was the forefather of Magray tribe. Magres accepted Islam at the hand of Syed Ali Hamdani in thirteenth Century. The first person who entered in Kashmir and settled their belonged to Magray tribe thus making Magray tribe, the founders of Kashmir. Magray tribe ruled over Kashmir for seven hundred years. They invited Mughals to enter Kashmir in order to end disturbances in the valley. However, subsequently Mughals were defeated and pushed back by the Magray tribe. Magray tribe is settled all over the world with majority in Kashmir Valley. In spite of being SARDARS of the time, people of Magray tribe felt proud to be called as MAGRAY. VILLAGES & TOWNS IN KASHMIR NAMED MAGRAY: 1. Magray Village District Bagh 2. Magray City Kuttan, Neelum valley, Muzaffarabad 3. Magray Hills Kanchikot, Rawalakot 4. Magray Abad, Barmang Rawalakot 5. Magray Gali Lipa Valley, Muzaffarabad 6. Magray Abad Attmaqam, Kel road,Neelum Valley 7. Magray Village Motarin, khaigala, Rawalakot 8. Kharl Magrayan District Bagh 9 Sardari Magrayan Neelum Valley Muzaffarabad 10. Magray village marchkot Abbaspur 11. Bandian Magray Abbaspur. MEANINGS OF MAGRAY: Magray is an ancient word, Magray means,"TheMartials", "The Warriors", "Military and war like people". Magray is also spelled as Magrey, Magre and Magri, but the correct spelling is Magray. The plural of Magray is Magres. BOOKS ON MAGRAY TRIBE: All the historical books on Kashmir contain material on Magray tribe and their role in the history of Kashmir. Few of the historical Books are mentioned here for reference. 1. Magray in the Eyes of History By Sajid Latif Magray. 2. Magray A Warrior Kashmiri Tribe By Capt Ghulam Hussain Magray 3. Valley of Kashmir by Sir Walter Lirance. 4. Imperial Gazettier of India By Govt of India. 5. Tribes and Castes of Kashmir By Muhammad Din Folk. 6. Castes and Tribes of Poonch by Muhammad Din Folk. 7. History of Kasmir By Khawaja Azamey. 8. History of Kashmir By Muhammad Hassan. 9. History Kabeer Kashmir by Haji M.Mohiudin. 10. Raj Tarangi By Pandit Kahlan. 11. Tareekh-e-Kashmir by Professor Nazir Ahmed Tashna. 12. Kashmir in the Era of Muslim empires By Ghulam Hassan Khoyami. 13. Tareekh-e- Malkan By Dr Sadiq Malik. 14. Jalwa-e-Kashmir By Dr Sabir Afaqi 15. Baharistan-e-Shahi A Chronocle Mediaeval of Kashmir. 16. Magray - The Martials and Warriors of Kashmir by Sajiad Latif Magray. 17. Tareekh-e-Kashmir,Islami By Dr Sabir Afaqi. 18. Tareekh-e-Azmi By M.Azam. 19. Tribal geography of India Jamu and Kashmir By M. Bashir Magray. 20. A New History of India and Pakistan By Quyyam Abdul. MAGRAY VILLAGES/TOWNS: 1. MAGRAY VILLAGE MOTARIN, RAWALKOT : This is a village comprising of about 400 houses, exclusively of the Magray Tribe. Road leading from Rawalkot to Tatrinote crossing point passes from this village. Few personalities of the village are: - a. Muhammad Din Magray. b. Subedar Muhammad Latif Magray. c. Sajjad Latif Magray. d. Rasheed Magray. e. Yaqoob Magray. f. Manzoor Magray. g. Sadique Magray. h. Dilpazir Magray. i. Muhammad Aamir Magray. j. Bashir Magray. k. Qayyum Magray. l. Yaseen Magray. m. Imran Yaseen marga. n. Shafi Magray. Akram Magray. p. Rafique Magray. q. Sajjad Magray. r. Muhammad Javed Magray. s. Kabir Magray. t. Kamran Magray. u.Saqib Magray 2. MAGRAY HILLS KANCHIKOT: This is a big village which starts from the Magray Market on Ali Sajal Road and goes to the Tolipeer, a prominent Hill top of Kashmir. Few personalities of the Magray Hills are:- a. Haji Aqal Hussain Magray. b. Tariq Magray. c. Ghulam Nabi Magray. d. Gulzar Magray. e. Havildar Yaseen margay. f. Subedar Rafique Magray. g. Hanif Magray. h. Havildar Azam Magray. i. Muhammad Ashraf Magray. j. Kala Khan Magray. k. Hakim din Magray. l. Capt Yaqoob Magray. m. Asghar Magray. n. Sadique Magray. o. Haji Abdullah Magray. 3. MAGRAY ABAD RAWALAKOT: This is a small town in Rawalakot valley on Banjosa Road in Barmang. Few of the personalities of the area are:- a. Abdul Majeed Magray. b. Muhammad Arif Magray. c. Muhammad Razaque Magray. d. Muhammad Imtiaz Magray. e. Muhammad javed Magray. f. Muhammad Shoukat Magray. g. Muhammad Riaz Magray. h. Muhammad Ishaque Magray. i. Muhammad Shakeel Magray. j. Muhammad Jahangir Magray. k. Muhammad Khurshid Magray. l. Muhammad yaseen Magray. 4. MAGRAY VILLAGE BAGH: This village starts from Magray city Lower Bela and extends to the prominent Hill top of Kashmir Lasdana. This village comprises of 600 houses 100% of the Magray tribe people. Few personalities of the Magray village are:- a. Dr Mir Akbar Magray. b. Gohar Magray. c. Abdul Hameed Magray. d. Fazal Gohar Magray. e. Aslam Magray. f. Hayat margay. g. Liaqat Ali Magray. h. Ghulam Nabi. i. Wali Noor Magray. j. Sakhi Muhammad Magray. k. Haseeb Magray. 5. KHARL MAGRAYAN: It is a small area in District Bagh, people of Magray tribe are settled here. Few personalities of the area are:-a. Muhammad Ashraf Magray. b. Muhammad Farooq Magray. c. Abdul Hameed Magray. d. Gulfraz Magray. e. Akram Magray. f. Haji Hakeek Magray. g. Muhammad Khurshid Magray. h. Fazal Hussain Magray. i. Shakeel Ahmed Magray. 6. MAGRAY GALI LIPA VALLEY: A prominent Hilltop of Kashmir in Lipa valley. Few personalities of the area are mentioned here:- a. Capt Ghulam Hussain Magray. b. Ghulam Rasool Magray. c. Pervaiz Magray. d. Prof Kosar Magray. 7.MAGRAY CITY KUTTAN: A small town in Kutton Neelum valley comprising of shopping centres, shops and residential area, comprising mainly of Magray Tribe. Few notables of the area are:- a. Mangta Magray. b. Shahzaman Magray. c. Arshad Magray. d. Shahzaman Magray. e. Ali Akbar Magray. f. Asad Magray. g. Matloob Magray. h. Attique-ur - Rehman - Magray. i. Oamer Zaman Magray. j. Amjid Magray. 8. MAGRAY ABAD ATHMAQAM: A small town in Neelum valley on Kel Road near Athmaqam. Few personalities of the area are: - a. Muhammad Mustafa Magray. b. Muhammad Khurshid Magray. c. Muhammad Subhan Magray. d. Shakeel Magray. e. Ashraf Magray. f. Mushtaq Magray. g. Ghulam Hussain Magray. h. Abid Magray. 9. SARDARI MAGRAYAN – A remote area of neelum valley. 10. MAGRAY VILLAGE MARCHKOT: This is the largest village of Abbaspur town comprising of more than 1000 houses exclusively of the Magray Tibe. Few personalities of the village are:- a. Sher Akbar Magray. b. Havildar Karim Magray.c. Muhammad Sharif Magray. d. Muhammad Afsar Magray e. Muhammad Rasheed Magray. f. Manzoor Magray. g. Muhammad Rafique Magray. h. Muhammad Raheem Magray. i. Saleem Magray. j. Ali Akbar Magray. k. Muhammad Azeem Magray. l. Muhammad Yaqoob Magray. m. Mubashar Salam Din Magray. n. Sadique Magray. o. Hameed Magray. p. Kutab Dinb Magray. 11.BANDIAN MAGRAY: This is a remote village of Abbaspur town comprising of more than 500 houses entirely of the Magray tribe. Few personalities of Bandian Magray are: - a. Muhammad Arif Magray. b. Mir Akbar Magray. c. Muhammad Bashir Magray. d. Muhammad Ashraf Magray. e. Muhammad Nazir Magray. f. Sakhi Muhammad Magray. g. Jalal Din Magray. h. Muhammad Saddique Magray. i. Shoukat Magray. j. Rasheed Magray. HISTORY OF MAGRAY TRIBE: Two books “Magray the martials and warriors of kashmir” and “Magray in the eyes of history” have been written by Sajjad Latif Magray. Launching ceremony of these books was held on 1st Feb 08 at press club Rawalpindi and was attended by the prime minister of AJ&K and his cabinet members. Title of books is written by the following known scholars and historians of the country. 1. Dr. M. Ashraf Qureshi – chairman department of kashmiriyat Punjab University Lahore. 2. Dr.Sabir Afaqi – author & historian. 3. Dr. M. Sadiq Malik author & historian. ORGANIZATIONS OF MAGRAY TRIBE: 1 Magray Supreme Council: is the supreme body of Magray tribe, empowered to take all sort of political and socio economical decisions in the best interest of the tribe. 2. Magray Educational Society (regd): promotes educational activities in the tribe and even outside the Magray tribe. 3. Magray Tanzeem (regd): was established to provide a platform and organize the Magray tribe. 4. Magray Welfare Trust: Looks after the ill, poor and needy people of the Kashmir in particular and Pakistan in general. 5. Magray Foundation. DR.FARZANA MAGRAY


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