Sheikh-e-Tariqat Hazrat Syed Muhammad Jilani Ashraf was born on 4 July 1946 (1365 AH) in the illustrious city of Kichhauchha Sharif, Uttar Pradesh, India. He is the son of the well respected Hazrat Syed Muhamid Ashraf رحمت اللہ علیہ and grandson of the highly revered Hazrat Muhaddith-e-Azam-e-Hind رحمت اللہ علیہ.
The blessed Ashrafiya family can trace their lineage back to the great reformer and revivalist of the 8th Century (Hijri), Hazrat Syed Ashraf Jahngir Samnani رحمت اللہ علیہ, born in 707 AH. Over the past several hundred years, the family have left a legacy of delivering spiritual and ethical services at a global level.
He is the 28th descendent of Ghaus-e-Azam Syedina Abdul Qadir Jilani رحمت اللہ علیہ and the 38th descent of the Holy Prophet Muhammad صلى الله عليه وسلم.
Sheikh-e-Tariqat received his primary education at Kichhauchha Sharif, Ambedkar Nagar, Uttar Pradesh, followed by Darul Uloom Ashrafia in Mubarakpur, Azamgarh and Jamia Arabia in Sultanpur. After completing his education in Philosophy and Logic, he moved to Bhiwandi (Mumbai) where he established Darul Uloom Deewan Shah, an Arabic college, in 1968.
Sheikh-e-Tariqat has gone on to initiate many projects and charities so that work on spirituality, humanity and morality can be carried out through Sufism. He founded Spiritual Foundation and Sufi Foundation which have grown vastly all over the globe. Spiritual and educational centres have been established in India, England, France, Portugal, Canada, America, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Swaziland, Middle East amongst various other countries.
Sheikh-e-Tariqat is also a distinguished writer. He has compiled a book on Tasawwuf (mysticism) called Kashful Quloob, which contains several thousand pages and is seen by many as an encyclopaedia of Tassawwuf. Sheikh-e-Tariqat has authored more than two hundred books pertaining to ethical and spiritual subjects. In addition, between the years of 1974 and 1987, he edited a well-known and widely read journal known as ‘Al-Meezan’.
His Eminence has also established Jamia Sufiya; the first modern educational and training institute for the revival and preservation of the teachings of Sufism in Kichhauchha Sharif, Uttar Pradesh, India.
Sheikh-e-Tariqat has been granted permission for Baiat-o-Iradat (administering oath of allegiance). He is an heir to the Qadriya, Chistiya, Naqshbandiya, Shuharwardiya and Nizamia Ashrafia lines of mysticism. By the grace of Allah, he has a vast number of disciples in all parts of the world. New disciples are introduced in accordance to the aforementioned mystical paths (silsila).
The movement that Sheikh-e-Tariqat has initiated is growing globally as each day passes. Through firm determination and constant struggle, Sheikh-e-Tariqat is engulfing the world in love.