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Al-Ansar is a surname found mainly in Arab states of the Persian Gulf and other Arab countries. However other people which only have the name "Ansari" may have ancestors who were from Yathrib, however there are Some people who claim to be from Al-Ansar but they are not, they just have the name "Ansari" in their name and so they try to blend in with Al-Ansar (الاوس و الخزرج). We realize that people with surname (Al-Ansari) are all Arab and mainly from the Persian Gulf and Asian regions.
Al-Ansari (الأنصاري) surname is used in the Middle East and other Arab nations. The surname Al-Ansari originates from Al-Ansar (الأنصار), the Medinan people that helped Islamic prophet Muhammad when he migrated from Mecca to Medina. The literal meaning of Ansar is "supporters
The surname Al-Ansari is used among Arabs. Mostly in the Persian Gulf region and other Arab & Asian nations. Al-Ansar Tribe (الاوس و الخزرج) has also other family names that are from either الاوس or الخزرج which are called Al-Ansar. Al-Ansar are and is one of the most old Arab tribes in the history of the Arabic tribes.
In contrast, Iranians use surnames instead of Patronymics. In Iran, it has become a a Surname, since Iranian use surnames. This has also happened with the "Tabatabai", also originally a Nesbat.
South Asian usage
The Ansari surname goes as far as being used in Pakistan, northern India and Bangladesh, to show a lineage or ancestral link to the Ansar of Medina. Through the various waves of migration from the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Central Asia, and Afghanistan, descendants of the Ansar tribes arrived in the Indian Subcontinent. These families, mainly came either as scholars, government administrators and functionaries, soldiers or officers. Ansaris in the Indian Subcontinent hail both from the Shi'a and Sunni Muslim schools of thought.
The main original settlements and concentrations of Ansaris on the Indian Subcontinent, were in Multan, Pakistan; the Sindh province, Pakistan; Lilla, in western Punjab, Pakistan; Panipat, India; Saharanpur, India; Gorakhpur, India; and Lucknow, India - see,Firangi Mahal.
It seems that over a period of time, others, and many of the new Muslim converts, in India also identified themselves as Ansari, to show reverence to their Islamic faith. Many of these in northern India and Pakistan were involved in fabric manufacturing i.e. weavers (Urdu: julahay). Often, but not necessarily, Ansari is used to identify a caste, as well. In the Indian Hindu Caste System and in the (Urdu: baradari) system traditionally, different cast were involved or associated with different trades or professions. See also, Islam in India.
Ali Asgher Razwy, a 20th century Shi'a Twelver Islamic scholar states:
Umar's attitude toward the Ansar is in sharp contrast to the attitude toward them of Muhammad, the Messenger of God. The latter loved the Ansar. He appointed many of them as governors of Medina, and he made many of them commanders of various expeditions. On one occasion he said that he would rather be with them (the Ansar) than with any other people. He also considered them capable of and qualified to rule the Muhajireen.
The remark of Muhammad about Sa'd bin Mu'adh when he was about to judge the case of Banu Qurayza, "Stand for your chief (Sayyid)," could be taken to justify the view that the Ansar were capable of ruling over Quraysh, and the story was therefore twisted in various ways to remove this implication. (Muhammad at Medina, Oxford, 1966)
The Apostle of God called Sa'd the Chief of the Quraysh. Sa'd was obviously capable of ruling the Quraysh, and why not? After all what was there in the "credentials" of the Quraysh that the Ansar didn't have? Nothing. But the Ansar lost their capability of ruling the Quraysh as soon as Muhammad, their master, died. During the caliphate of Abu Bakr and Umar, it was a "disqualification" to be an Ansari to hold any important position in the government.
Far from having a share in the election of the head of the state, not to speak of themselves becoming the head of the state, the inhabitants of Medina, did not have a share in anything. They might have given some "advice" to Abu Bakr and Umar. In Saqifa, Abu Bakr and Umar had told them that they would consult them (the Ansar) in all matters.
Few, if any, would challenge the general interpretation of this poignant fact that the most important and most indispensable single factor in the year 1 of Hijri, namely, the support of the Ansar, had become the most striking non-factor in the year 11 Hijri.
The Ansar fought in all the campaigns of Abu Bakr and Umar but only as other ranks and never as generals. The new wealth which came flooding into Medina after the conquest of Persia and the Fertile Crescent, also appears to have bypassed them with the exception of a few, who collaborated with the Saqifa government. Among the latter were the two spies from the tribe of Aus who had squealed on the Khazraj to Umar and Abu Bakr. Others were Muhammad bin Maslama, Bashir bin Saad, and Zayd bin Thabit. They had shown great zeal in taking the oath of loyalty to Abu Bakr in Saqifa.
Zayd bin Thabit was one of the few Ansaris who shared the bonanza in the times of Umar and Uthman. He was also one of the few Ansaris who did not take part in the campaigns of Ali in Basra, Siffin and Nehrwan. Most of the Ansaris fought on Ali's side against his enemies in these battles.
While there are descendants of Al-Ansar in South Asia.All of them came from Herat and descendants of Khwaja Abdullah of Herat. These are the families “Khwaja Jabir - Ancestor - Ansaris of Farangi Mahal. Khwaja Abdurrahman - Ancestor - Ansaris of Yusufpur. Khawja Hashim Buzurg -Ancestor - Ansaris of Aligarh. Qazi Mohd Yusuf-Ancestor - Ansaris of Saharanpur Qazi Mohd Naimat- Ancestor - Ansaris of Kakori.”
Notable "Ansari" people
- Ansari companions of Muhammad
- Khwaja Muhammad Latif Ansari, scholar and descendant of Khwaja Abdullah Ansari, the descendant of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari
- Sa'id ibn Aws al-Ansari (died 830), Arab linguist and narrator of hadith
- Khwaja Abdullah Ansari (1006–1088), Persian mystic and poet, and one of the descendants of Abu Ayyub al-Ansari
- Shams al-Din al-Ansari al-Dimashqi (1256–1327), Syrian Arab geographer
- Zakariyya al-Ansari (1420–1520), Egyptian Sufi mystic
- Morteza Ansari (1781–1864), Shia jurist from Dezful, Iran
- Khwaja Ahmad Abbas, (Hindi: ख़्वाजा अहमद अब्बास) (7 June 1914 – 1 June 1987), popularly known as K. A. Abbas, was an Indian film director.
- Sheikh Sadiq Ali Ansari (active 1901), Indian politician
- Mukhtar Ahmed Ansari (1880–1936), Indian nationalist and political leader
- Abdul Qaiyum Ansari (1905–1973), Indian active in the freedom struggle of India
- Mateen Ansari (c. 1915–1943), Indian soldier awarded George Cross for conspicuous gallantry in British army
- Abdul Haq Ansari (1931–2012), Indian Islamic philosopher
- Zafar Ishaq Ansari (1932–2016), Pakistani scholar of Islamic Studies
- SM Razaullah Ansari (born 1932), Indian physicist
- Mohammad Ebrahim Ansari (1936–2011), Iraqi Twelver Shi'a Marja
- Maulana Mohammad Abbas Ansari (born 1936), revolutionary Shiite Muslim leader in Jammu & Kashmir and Founder of Ittihadul Muslimeen
- Mohammad Hamid Ansari (born 1937), Vice President of India
- Muhammad Hanif Ansari (1937–1985), Pakistani politician, businessman and philatelist
- Mohammed Jaber Al-Ansari (born 1939), Bahraini philosopher
- Jamshed Ansari (c. 1945–2005), Pakistani film, television and radio actor
- Allama Mustafa Hussain Ansari, (1945–2006), Kashmiri writer and public speaker
- Furkan Ansari (born 1948), Indian politician
- Zain Ansari (born 1950), Pakistani politician
- Majid Ansari (born 1950), Iranian Vice President of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs
- Ayatollah Mohammad Hussein al-Ansari (born 1952), Shia scholar from Najaf, Iraq
- Afzal Ansari (born 1953), Indian politician
- Siamak Ansari (born 1969), Iranian television actor and director
- Amir Ansari (born 1970), Iranian-American entrepreneur
- Khalid A. H. Ansari, Indian entrepreneur, Chairman of Mumbai's Mid-Day Newspaper
- Aziz Ansari (born 1983), American stand-up comedian
- Faris Muslim al Ansari (born 1984), Afghan held in Guantanamo
- Jaber Ansari (born 1987), Iranian footballer
- Fahad Al Ansari (born 1987), Kuwaiti footballer
- Akbar Ansari (born 1988), English cricketer
- Karim Ansarifard (born 1990), Iranian footballer
- Zafar Ansari (born 1991), English cricketer
- Abdulaziz Rashid Al Ansari (born 1992), Qatari footballer
- Abdur Razzaque Ansari, Indian nationalist, freedom fighter and a weavers revolution leader
- Gholamreza Ansari, Iranian diplomat
- Ali Ansari, Iranian-British history professor
- Khizar Humayun Ansari, British race relations academic
- Salim Miya Ansari, Nepalese politician
- Mukhtar Ansari, Indian politician
- Sibakatullah Ansari, Indian politician
- Master Taj-ud-Din Ansari, Pakistani politician
- Rais Ansari, Indian Urdu poet
- Sahar Ansari, Pakistani Urdu poet, critic and scholar of Urdu literature and linguistics
- Mohammad Ansari, Pakistani cricketer
- Ali Al Ansari, UAE paralympic athlete
- Faheem Ansari, Indian accused of terrorism
- Mustafa al-Ansari, Saudi accused of terrorism
- Asad Ansari, Pakistani-Canadian accused of terrorism
- Keyvan Ansari, Iranian imprisoned student leader
- Justice Iqbal Ahmed Ansari, Chief Justice (Retd.), Patna High Court
Notable Ansari Women
- Anousheh Ansari (born 1966), Iranian-American entrepreneur, first Iranian astronaut and backer of the Ansari X Prize
- Nazenin Ansari, Iranian journalist in exile
- Bushra Ansari (born 1956), Pakistani television presenter
- Noushafarin Ansari (born 1939), Indian-born Iranian librarian, educator and manager
Notable Ansari Scientist
- Abu al-Qasim al-ZahrawiAbu al-Qasim Khalaf ibn al-Abbas Al-Zahrawi (936–1013), (Arabic: أبو القاسم خلف بن العباس الزهراوي) also known in the West as Albucasis, was an Arab Muslim physician and surgeon who lived in Al-Andalus.
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- Tala' al Badru 'AlaynaTala‘ al-Badru ‘Alaynā (Arabic: طلع البدر علينا) is a traditional Islamic song known as nasheed that the Ansar sang to the Islamic prophet Muhammad upon his arrival at Yathrib after completing the Hijra in 622 CE. The song is currently over 1400 years old, and one of the oldest in the Islamic culture.
- Banu AwsThe Banū Aws (Arabic: بنو أوس Arabic pronunciation: [bænuː ˈæws], "Sons of Aws") or simply Aws (Arabic: أوس; also Romanized as Aus) was one of the main Arab tribes of Medina. The other was Khazraj, and the two, constituted the Ansar ("helpers [of Muhammad]") after the Hijra.
- Banu KhazrajThe Banu al-Khazraj (Arabic: بنو الخزرج) was one of the tribes of Arabia during Muhammad's era. The Banu al-Khazraj are renowned for their generosity and hospitality.
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