Ashrafi Family

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The Ashrafi's are the descendants of the illustrious Sufi Saint Hazrat Syed Ashraf Jahangir Semnani who had settled at Kichhauchha Sharif (Ashrafpur Kichhauchha) 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 the most revered and authentic families of Hashemite Syeds residing in India.

Notable people[edit]

Some prominent Ashraf's are:

Poets and their Works[edit]

Poetry has been one of the intellectual hobbies in the Ashrafi family since the very beginning (see in the preface of the Book 'Rubai'[7]. However the first publication of a poetic composition was in the first quarter of 20th century by Syed Ali Husain Ashrafi in a book entitled, Tahaife Ashrafi. A critical evaluation of his poetry has also been done by Syed Amin Ashraf (1931-2013) and the same is included in Amin Ashraf's book of critical essays entitled BargoBar. Syed Nazar Ashraf who was a Unani physician also penned poetry. His son Syed Muhammad Muhaddis also composed poetry which has been published in his poetic collection entitled, Farsh Par Arsh mainly containing 'Naats'. In the third generation of Syed Nazar Ashraf's offspring his grandson Syed Muhammad Madni too has brought out his own collection of Naat's and Ghazals entitledTajalliyate Sukhanin 2004.

A brief account of men of letters, poets and Sufis, in particular of the members of the Ashrafi clan residing in Kichaucha Sharif, is available in the preface of the book by Syed Waheed Ashraf entitled Rubai Vol. I. Syed Abdul Hai Ashraf who was Sajjada Nasheen residing in Baskhari was also a physician and a poet and had published his compositions. He used the penname 'Hosh'[8].The poetic compositions in the early days were largely confined to the genre of 'Naat' and 'Manqabat'. But in recent times poets like Syed Amin Ashraf, Syed Waheed Ashraf and Syed Hasan Musanna Anwar have tried their hands at other forms like Ghazal, Nazm, Rubai, Qaseeda and Masnavi. Amin Ashraf has written Ghazals whereas Waheed Ashraf wrote Rubaiyat, Naats, Nazm, Munajat as well as Ghazals. Amin Ashraf has three poetic collections to his credit titled; Jaadae Shab, Bahare Eijaad and Qafase Rang, and his younger brother, a polyglot and a mystic, has published about ten collections in both Persian and Urdu on Ruba'i, Naat, Ghazal, Munajat, Nazm and Manqabat. Several awards have been conferred on the collections of these two brothers by various literary academies of India and abroad. * U.P. Urdu Academy Award on the book 'Bahare Ijaad', Lucknow(2007). * U.P. Urdu Academy Award for contribution to Urdu Poetry,Lucknow (2010).* Maikash Award from Maikash Academy, Aligarh (2010).* Ghalib Award from Ghalib Academy, NewDelhi (2011). Also many critical studies have come up eulogizing the poetic artistry of these two poets- Amin Ashraf and Waheed Ashraf.A study leading to the award of doctorate degree on Rubaiyaat's of Syed Waheed Ashraf titled,' Dr. Syed Waheed Ashraf ki Rubai Nigari' by Azhar Alam has surfaced in recent years[9]. In the present generation the elder and younger brothers - Syed Fareed Ashraf and Nurus Saiyyadain Madni Ashraf inheriting their poetic disposition from their father, Syed Waheed Ashraf, are composing poetry. Fareed Ashraf does poetry in Urdu while Nurus-Saiyyadain writes in English and has won many prizes in various poetic competitions in India.

Post independence there has been an inclination for seeking Islamic and Secular education among the Ashraf's and many of them have excelled in various fields.[citation needed]

List of Poetic Works[edit]

  • Tahaife Ashrafi(Urdu) by Syed Ali Husain Ashrafi
  • Farsh Par Arsh (Urdu) by Syed Muhammad Ashrafi
  • Tajalliyate Sukhan (Urdu-2004) by Syed Muhammad Madni Akhtar Ashrafi
  • Compositions of Syed Abdul Hai Ashraf Hosh [10]
  • Jaadae Shab[11] (Urdu-2007)by Syed Amin Ashraf
  • Bahare Eijaad (Urdu-2010) by Syed Amin Ashraf
  • Qafase Rang[12] (Urdu -20012) by Syed Amin Ashraf
  • Rubai[13](Urdu-1987) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Tajalliyat (Urdu-1996) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Lamhaat (Urdu-1998) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Aayaat (Urdu-2002) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Saughat (Urdu-2004) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Munajat (Urdu-2002) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Parwaze Tafakkur[14] (Persian-2015) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Darya Bi Qatra (Persian-2010) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • ChaiNama (Urdu-2017) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  • Izhare Aqidat (Urdu) By Shaikhe Azam Hazrat Syed Izhar Ashraf

List of Mystical (Sufism) Works[edit]

  • Sahaife Ashrafi(Urdu) by Syed Ali Husain Ashrafi
  • Tasawwuf Part I(Urdu 1988) by Syed Waheed Ashraf ,Reprint (2016) ISBN 978-93-85295-28-7, Maktaba Jamia Ltd, Shamshad Market, Aligarh 202002, India

Books on Ashrafi Family Works[edit]

  • 'Hazrat Maulana Syed Shah Abdul Hai Hosh Ashrafi- Hayaat Aur Shairi, by Dr. Kaazim Hashmi, Pages 224, Published by Maktaba Faizan Syed Shah Abdul Hai Ashraf o Fakhrul Masahikh, Baskhari, AmbedkarNagar, 2014
  • Dr. SYED WAHEED ASHRAF KI RUBAI NIGARI' by Dr. Azhar Alam, published with the financial assistance from the Fakhruddin Ali Memorial Committee, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh in 2002
  • 'Meezan-e-Harf' (Collection of Critical papers on Poetry of Syed Amin Ashraf) compiled by Hakim Syed Zillur Rahman, Ibn Sina Academy, Aligarh, India (2012)

Awards and Honors Received by Members of Ashrafi Family[edit]

  • U.P. Urdu Academy Award on the book 'Bahare Ijaad' by Syed Amin Ashraf, Lucknow(2007).
  • U.P. Urdu Academy Award for contribution to Urdu Poetry to Syed Amin Ashraf,Lucknow (2010).
  • Maikash Award from Maikash Academy to Syed Amin Ashraf, Aligarh (2010).
  • Ghalib Award from Ghalib Academy to Syed Amin Ashraf, NewDelhi (2011).
  • 19 Nov 2012 – 68. Sheri Nashist at the UGC ASC in honour of Dr. Syed Amin. Ashraf
  • Certificate of Honour from the President of India as a Persian scholar to Syed Waheed Ashraf,(1995)
  • Gujarat Gaurav Puraskar from the Urdu Sahitya Academy of Gujarat to Syed Waheed Ashraf,(2005)
  • Syed Waheed Ashraf, Cited in Data of Experts in Islamic Studies, published by the Islamic Research Institute, Rabat, Morocco
  • Syed Waheed Ashraf selected as one of nineteen poets of the world by Poetry Letter of Argentina (1991)

References[edit]

  1. ^ <https://www.rekhta.org/poets/syed-amin-ashraf>
  2. ^ http://www.ranjish.com/shayari/urdu-poets/syed-amin-ashraf
  3. ^ http://urduyouthforum.org/biography/biography-Syed-Amin-Ashraf.html
  4. ^ http://urduyouthforum.org/biography/biography-Syed-Waheed-Ashraf.html
  5. ^ http://www.ranjish.com/shayari/urdu-poets/syed-waheed-ashraf
  6. ^ https://www.rekhta.org/ebooks/?author=syed-waheed-ashraf-kichhauchhvi
  7. ^ https://www.rekhta.org/ebooks/rubai-syed-waheed-ashraf-kichhauchhvi-ebooks(Urdu-1987) by Syed Waheed Ashraf
  8. ^ 'Hazrat Maulana Syed SHah Abdul Hai Hosh Ashrafi- Hayaat Aur Shairi, by Dr. Kaazim Hashmi, Pages 224, Published by Maktaba Faizan Syed Shah Abdul Hai Ashraf o Fakhrul Masahikh, Baskhari, AmbedkarNagar, 2014
  9. ^ DR. SYED WAHEED ASHRAF KI RUBAI NIGARI' by Dr. Azhar Alam, published with the financial assistance from the Fakhruddin Ali Memorial Committee, Govt. of Uttar Pradesh in 2002
  10. ^ 'Hazrat Maulana Syed SHah Abdul Hai Hosh Ashrafi- Hayaat Aur Shairi, by Dr. Kaazim Hashmi, Pages 224, Published by Maktaba Faizan Syed Shah Abdul Hai Ashraf o Fakhrul Masahikh, Baskhari, AmbedkarNagar, 2014
  11. ^ https://rekhta.org/ebooks/jada-e-shab-syed-amin-ashraf-ebooks-3
  12. ^ https://rekhta.org/ebooks/qafas-e-rang-syed-amin-ashraf-ebooks
  13. ^ https://www.rekhta.org/ebooks/rubai-syed-waheed-ashraf-kichhauchhvi-ebooks
  14. ^ [1]
  • Syed Waheed Ashraf (2017), HAYATE MAKHDOOM SYED ASHRAF JAHANGIR SEMNANI (2nd Ed.), MAKTABA JAMIA LIMITED, SHAMSHAD MARKET, ALIGARH-202002, U.P. INDIA: MAKHDOOM SYED ASHRAF JAHANGIR ACADEMY,BARODA, GUJARAT 
  • '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

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