Sayyids’ Share and How to Be Considered as a Sayyid 4item Are the rules of sayyids applicable to descendants of ‘Abbās, the son of Ali ibnAbīTālīb (a.), e.g. can the students of Islamic studies who have that family tree wear the religious garment which shows that they are sayyids? Do the children of ‘AqīlibnAbīTālīb (a.) fall into this category as well? My mother is a sayyidah. I would be grateful if you would kindly answer the following questions: Do I qualify as a sayyid? Do my children and grandchildren, etc., identify as sayyids? What is the difference between a sayyid from the father’s side and that from the mother’s side? Recently I found a personal document of my father’s paternal cousin in which he is identified as a sayyid. Furthermore, it is famous in our family that we are sayyids. Considering these two proofs, I request you to give me your opinion regarding my being a sayyid. I adopted a boy and called him Ali. I, then, referred to the registration centre to acquire identification card for him. In it, they described the child as a sayyid. I did not accept this since I am afraid of Prophet Muhammad (s.). Now I am stuck in two situations; either to refuse his adoption or to commit the sin by accepting him as a sayyid while he is not a sayyid. Which one of the two situations should I choose? Please give me some guidance.