Syed Waheed Ashraf is an Indian sufi, scholar and poet of Persian and Urdu languages. He obtained his B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. (1965) from Aligarh Muslim University. The topic of his Ph.D. dissertation was ‘A critical edition of Lataife Ashrafi'. After serving in many universities (Patiali University, M.S. University of Baroda, University of Madras) in India, he retired as Head, Department of Arabic, Persian and Urdu, University of Madras, India, in 1993. Conversant with over half a dozen languages (Pahlavi, Persian, Arabic, Urdu, English, Hindi, Gujarati), he writes in Urdu, Persian and English and has authored/edited/compiled over 35 books and numerous research articles. He is a recipient of several awards and honors from within India and abroad. An inheritor of an illustrious spiritual legacy, he has devoted his life to uphold, propagate and transmit the principles and practices of sufism.
Syed Waheed Ashraf
(Sufi, Poet, Scholar)