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Does Sheikh and Sayed carry the same meaning ?

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asked Jan 18, 2016 in Culture & Society by cheqverra Corporal (1,010 points)

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answered Jan 22, 2016 by Help team Sergeant (2,060 points)

It's not the same. 

Sheikh is an honorific title in the Arabic language. It commonly designates the ruler of a tribe, who inherited the title from his father. (Learn more here)

Sayed (Sayyid, Syed) is an honorific title denoting males accepted as descendants of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad through his grandsons, Hasan ibn Ali and Husayn ibn Ali.  (Learn more here)