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Surti Muslims, who are commonly referred to as "Surtis", are Gujarati Muslims. Most of them adhere to Hanafi Sunni Islam. They are mainly of Indian origin, however it has been claimed that they may be at least in part originally descended from Arabs from Southern Arabia who migrated and settled in the districts of Surat in the state of Gujarat, India. With some who may have partial lineages from Muslim Central Asian/Afghan (Turko-Persian, Mongol, Pashtun) invaders, refugees, theologians and merchant settlers. Many members of the Surti Muslims community have migrated to Pakistan after independence and have settled in Karachi, Sindh.
Many Surti Muslims, who are commonly referred to as Vohra claim they may have some origins in Southern Arabia. Their Arab ancestors probably came from the city of Taif, Madina, and Hadramaut in Saudi Arabia, and from the city of Basra, Najaf or Kufa in Iraq, as well as other places in West Asia. They are said to have migrated as traders and sailors to the districts of Surat and Bharuch in the state of Gujarat, India. It is claimed that they married local women and settled in Surat, over time adopting the Gujarati language and local customs.