Sayyad Izhar Ashraf (Shaykh al-A’zam) is the eldest son of Hadrat Sarkar-e-Kalan Sayyad Mukhtar Ashraf Rahmatullahi alayh therefore he is the present Janasheen of Astana Alia Ashrafia Hasaniya Sarkar-e-Kalan. This also means he falls in line with the many esteemed and pious Wali’s (saints) that have come through Kicchocha Shareef.
In accordance with the family tradition, when he attained the age of four years, four months and four days, his auspicious Bismillah khani was performed by his esteemed father Hadrat Sarkar-e-Kalan Rahmatullahi ta’ala alayh in very colourful and spiritual surroundings. Many pious and notable dignitaries like His Eminence Hadrat Makhdoom al-Millet Sayyadina Muhaddith al-A’zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi ta’ala alayh were present.
Like his predecessors, he started his early education at home and then at Madrassa Ashrafiya (Kicchocha Shareef) founded by AlaHadrat ‘Ashrafi Miya Rahmatullahi ta’ala alayh his great grandfather. His father, Hadrat Sarkar-e-Kalan Rahmatullahi ta’ala alayh took special care of his education as he was to be his Wali Ahad Janashin after him. From the very beginning of his education, he was always punctual and attentive to his studies.
Shaykh al-A’zam was awarded his Dastar-e-Fazilat and degree of Fazil-e-Nizamia in 1959. In this function many renowned personalities of Khanwada-e-Ashrafiya and other savants of Islam participated in the tying of the turban ceremony. Among the dignitaries present were His Eminence Hadrat Makhdoom al-Millet Sayyadina Muhaddith al-A’zam al-Hind Rahmatullahi ta’ala alayh as well Hadrat Sarkar-e-Kalan Rahmatullahi ta’ala alayh and other notable Mashaykh.
Of his many travels Shaykh al-A’zam has visited many important shrines of respected Awliya-e-Kareem as well as completing the sacred pilgrimage of Hajj at least 3 times plus many more Ziyarats of Umrah.