All the individuals in the lineage of the Holy Nabi صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّموَسَلَّم were famous for their remarkable qualities. Some of them were extraordinarily famous for their expertise and skills. One of those perfect individuals was ‘Fihr Bin Maalik’ whose title is ‘Quraysh’. His offspring are called ‘Qurayshi’ or ‘Quraysh’.
‘Quraysh’ is actually the name of a very powerful sea creature that eats other sea creatures. It always dominates other animals and is never dominated by them. As Fihr Bin Maalik was very brave and powerful and dominated all tribes of the Arab, all the Arabs began to use the title ‘Quraysh’ for him. Here is a very famous couplet written by Shamrikh [شَمْرِخ] Bin ‘Amr Himyari:
‘Quraysh is an animal that lives in the sea. The tribe of Quraysh has been named after it.1
Fihr Bin Maalik’ was the ancestor of the father as well as of the mother of the Noble Rasool
صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّم. Therefore, he صَلَّی اللّٰہُ تَعَالٰی عَلَیْہِ وَاٰلِہٖ وَسَلَّمis ‘Qurayshi’ in terms of the lineage of both of his parents.