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Al-Ansari or simply "Ansari" is a surname found mainly in Arab states of the Persian Gulf and other Arab and South Asian countries. Generally it is considered that people with surname Al-Ansari or Ansari (in some parts of South Asia) have an Arab lineage originating from modern day Medina, Saudi Arabia.

Widely used in the Middle East and the Indian Subcontinent the surname Al-Ansari/Ansari originates from Ansar the Medinan people that helped Islamic prophet Muhammad when he migrated from Mecca to Medina. The literal meaning of Ansar is "supporters".

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Arabic usageEdit

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. Many members of the tribe have settled all over Iran and the Persian Gulf. Many members now reside in the UAE and own businesses like Al Ansari Exchange and other commercial entities. One of the most notable members of the family that have settled in the United Arab Emirates is Dr. Abdulrahman Murtaza Abdulrahim Al Ansari who is currently the Chairman of Bid Capital and has formally served as MD of Dubai Islamic Bank.

Iranian usageEdit

In contrast, Iranians use surnames instead of patronymics. In Iran, it has become a surname, since Iranian use surnames. Some Ansaris escaped Medina after the death of Muhammad because they were Shia Muslims which was unpopular with the caliphates (Leaders) of that time except Imam Ali and Imam Hassan which were Shias themselves. This has also happened with the "Tabatabai", also originally a Nesbat.

South Asian usageEdit

The Ansari surname goes as far as being used in Pakistan, India and Bangladesh, claiming a lineage or ancestral link of people to the Ansar of Medina. Through the various waves of migration from the Arabian Peninsula, Iran, Central Asia and Afghanistan, descendants of the Ansari 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 Islamic schools of thought.

The main settlements and concentrations of Ansaris in the Indian subcontinent, were in Multan (modern day Pakistan); Sindh (modern day Pakistan) and major parts of northern India. Currently some Ansaris also reside in the Konkan Coast of India, whose ancestors are said to have firstly came and settled from the Arabian Peninsula via sea routes for trade.

Many of the Ansaris 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. See also, Islam in India.

Although, Ansaris hold a higher status in Islam for their keen support and involvement in many key Islamic events like the Battle of Badr, the Battle of Uhud, etc. Muhammad always considered them as his close allies. He is said to have appreciated the Ansar tribe at many events (Sahih Al-Bukhari, Sahih Muslim ).

Notable Ansari as nesbaEdit

Ansari as surnameEdit

First Naats in islamEdit

See also ansari relatedEdit

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