A whole section of the Indian Muslim community belonged to the medieval Sayyid caste. The scholars from this sect had special legal privileges. The incumbent of the highest Sayyid legal position was the Kazi while the other orders such as the Mufti were appointed by the kazi and his council. They also maintained their Sayyid status even when they converted to other religions. A number of influential Islamic scholars belong to the Sayyid caste, including the first ruler of the Muslim Bahmani kingdom, Ali Quli Gurgani, and the grand mughal poet Abul Kalam Azad. In the Indian subcontinent, today, the descendants of the Muslim Sayyids number over 40 million, though the exact number of the descendants of the kazi-shi is not known.
A man who is a descendant of Syed Salar Masjidi Muhammad was given the title of Sayyid by virtue of his ancestors lineage. In 19th century, in India, with the name of Syed Salar Masjidi, he was a descendant from the family of the kazi-shi (Jalaluddin Khan) in Dawakhana (English: Quarter), Lucknow, He was a poet, litterateur, orator, religious scholar and Sufi saint of the subcontinent, and a 9th-generation descendant of Hadhrat Syed Salar Masjidi, the 10th generation of which was deprived of their Sayyid lineage; Al-13th generation is Sayyid Salar Masjidi Muhammad. Syed Salar Masjidi Muhammad is better known as Syed Salar Masjidi bin Hussain and Syed Salar Masjidi Muhammad bin Syed Salar Masjidi. The Sayyid Salar Masjidi Muhammad bin Hussain (son of Syed Salar Masjidi Muhammad) is the current head, at al-Zamzam Masjidi Masjid built in 1902 in Lucknow, India. 7211a4ac4a