The Ashrafi's are the descendants of the illustrious Sufi Saint Hazrat Syed Ashraf Jahangir Semnani who had settled at Kichaucha Sharif in the Ambedkar Nagar District, Uttar Pradesh, India, after relinquishing his throne in Semnan ( Iran). His shrine is situated at Dargah, Rasoolpur between Kichaucha Sharif and Baskhari Sharif and is visited by thousands of devotees irrespective of caste, creed and sex. The Ashrafiyya family members' chief meeting place are Baskhari Sharif & Kichaucha Sharif, where their main family members reside. It is one of most revered and authentic family of Hashemite Syeds residing in India. The Ashrafi family has produced great sufi saints in all generations and some of the prominent names are, Syed Abdur-Razzaq Nurul-Ain, Syed Hussain Qattal, Syed Shah Hasan, Sayed Mubarak Budley, Syed Shah Fareed, Syed Ahmad Jaisi, Syed Shah Jaafar Laad, Syed Haji Chiragh Jahan, Syed Shah Jahangir Sani, Syed Bikhari Ashraf, Syed Mohammad Basawan Ashraf, Syed Shah Nemat Ashraf, Syed Shah Zakariya Ashraf, Syed Shah Aziz Ashraf, Syed Shah Zaheer Ashraf, Syed Shah Abdul Hai Ashraf, Syed Habeeb Ashraf etc. It has also produced notable islamic scholars, orators and poets like Syed Anwaar Ashraf, Syed Ali Husain Ashrafi, Syed Muhammad Muhaddis, Syed Hameed Ashraf, Syed Amin Ashraf, Syed Waheed Ashraf,Syed Ahmed Ashraf, Syed Mukhtar Ashraf, Syed Muhammad Madani Ashraf, Syed Muhammad Hashmi Ashraf, Syed Izhaar Ahraf, Syed Mahmood Ashraf, Syed Ahsan Ashraf etc. Post indepencence there has been an inclination for seeking Islamic and Secular education among the Ashraf's and many of them have excelled in various fields.
'Akhbarul Akhyar' By Abdal Haqq Muhaddith Dehlwi [d.1052H-1642 CE ]. A short biography of the prominent sufis of India have been mentioned in this book including that of Hazrat Syed Ashraf Jahangir Semnani
'Nurul-Ain' by Syeda Aal Fatima, Published 1974
'Sheikh Mubarak Budley Jaisi aur Awadh men Islam ki Nashr wa Ishaat men un ki khidmaat, by Mohsin Atique Khan Nadwi, Bright-Way Foundation, Lucknow, 2014