The Ansārī Memorial Series of books is published in loving memory of Maulānā Dr. Muhammad Fazlur Rahmān Ansārī (1914-1974) who was a Sufi Shaikh of the Qāderiyyah Sufi Order, a philosopher, an outstanding Islamic scholar of the modern age, a roving missionary of Islam, and my teacher and spiritual mentor of blessed memory. My love for him, and my continuously increasing admiration for both his Islamic scholarship as well as his philosophical thought, more than 40 years after his death, is such that I cherish the very dust on which he walked.
There are misguided people in this strange modern world who continuously attack and seek to demolish the spiritual heart of the religious way of life. They have already demolished the spiritual heart of Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism and Buddhism and are now targeting Islam. They vilify authentic Scholars and the Intimates of Allah Y falsely accusing them of being profoundly misguided to the end of engaging in acts of polytheism (shirk).
A spiritual affiliation with the members of the Household of the Holy Prophet Muhammad (ahlul bayt) which is characterised by love for his noble family is an aspect of Islamic tradition which has largely been ignored, unconsciously due to a dissemination of a sectarian brand of Islam that have purchased and controlled by a particular sect in the Modern Muslim World after the closure of the Political Caliphate.