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  1. sharif(Noun)

    A traditional Arab tribal title given to those who serve as the protector of the tribe and all tribal assets.

  2. Origin: From شريف.

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  1. Sharif

    Sharīf Asharif or Alsharif or Chérif is a traditional Arab title in origin, the word is an adjective meaning "noble", "highborn". The feminine singular is sharifa. The masculine plural is Ashraf. Sunnis in the Arab world reserve the term sharif for descendants of Hasan ibn Ali, while sayyid is used for descendants of Husayn ibn Ali. Both Hasan and Husayn are grandchildren of Prophet Muhammad, through the marriage of his cousin Ali and his daughter Fatima. However ever since the post-Hashemite era began, the term sayyid has been used to denote descendants from both Hasan and Husayn. Shiites use the terms sayyid and habib to denote descendants from both Hasan and Husayn; see also ashraf. From 1201 until the Hejaz was conquered by Ibn Saud in 1925, this family held the office of the Sharīf of Mecca, often also carrying the title and office of King of Hejaz. Descendants now rule the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, the name being taken from the Banu Hashim, the sub-tribe of Banu Quraish, to which Prophet Muhammad belonged. In Morocco, several of the regnal dynasties have been qualified as "Sharifian", being descendants of Prophet Muhammad. Today's Alaouite dynasty has made claims to be Sharifian.

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  1. Bruce Riedel:

    The burden is on Prime Minister Sharif to show he can unite the country to defend its children.

  2. Prime Minister Narendra Modi:

    It is a positive step that he came ... definitely ... but we still have to move with caution, it's a new Modi in an old bottle; Nawaz Sharif should take it one sip at a time.

  3. Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy:

    This could be (Sharif's) legacy ... that no woman in this country should be killed in the name of honor, and if she is, people should go to jail for it, the world is watching.

  4. State John Kerry on Saturday:

    I am pleased that( Israeli) Prime Minister( Benjamin) Netanyahu has reaffirmed Israel's commitment to upholding the unchanged status quo of the Temple Mount/Haram al-Sharif, both in word and in practice.

  5. Bruce Riedel:

    Pakistan's political leadership needs to make a clear choice to fight the Taliban decisively, not with half measures, the burden is on Prime Minister Sharif to show he can unite the country to defend its children.

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