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Total population
about 2.5 Million
Regions with significant populations
Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, UAE & USA

Tamil, Urdu


Hanafi Islam

Labbay, Labbai, Labba (Tamil : லப்பய் , Urdu : ﻟﺐ ﺑﮯ) is a distinctive ethnic Islamic community from Southern India. A Trading Community spread through the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, Labbays follow either the Hanafi or Shafi'i school of Fiqh.

Identity and origins Edit

The Name of the Community Labbay is derived from the Arabic phrase Labbay'k (Arabic : لبیک ), which translated means - Here I am. This is, in reference to the popular belief that the Labbay Community is one of the first trading communities to arrive at the Corramandel & Malabar Coasts from abroad.

History Edit

Labbays are said to have descended from the Traders from the Persian Gulf, and also many converts from the Southern States. Since the late 13th century, Labbays were a trading and entrepreneurial community specializing in the trade and manufacture of leather, tobacco, grains and spices as far as China and South East Asia.

Labbays today Edit

Labbays are a modern and progressive community, who have diversified into various Fields of Industry and Profession. Labbays have also contributed to Southern India, with help in the construction of many Educational and Health care Institutions, notably, the New College, Chennai; Justice Basheer Ahmed Syed College for Women, Chennai etc.

Distinguishing featuresEdit

Female names in the Labbay community typically end with the suffix Banu. Also, Labbays are fair complexioned with oval facial bone structures inherited from intermarriage with other Oriental races.Tamil Muslims


  • Religions and Communities of India -P. N. Chopra.

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This page uses content from the English language Wikipedia. The original content was at Labbay. The list of authors can be seen in the page history. As with this Familypedia wiki, the content of Wikipedia is available under the Creative Commons License.

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