He was considered as one of the greatest Islamic thinkers of modern times. His masterpiece ‘Learning the Language of Quran’ is considered as one of the best English guides for the beginners of Qur’anic studies.
He was a former Amir (president) of Jamaat-e-Islami Hind (JIH), the largest organisation in India for Islamic cause, CoastalDigest.com reported.
He had been associated with the movement since he was a high school student.
He was also directing research on Religious Traditions, which includes Islam and other religions at the Islamic Academy, formerly Centre for Religious Studies and Guidance, Aligarh, as its Director since 1996.
He was also the Chancellor of Jamia Islamia (Islamic university), Shantapuram, Kerala (India).
Born on September 1, 1931 at Tamkohi, Deoaria, at Uttar Pradesh, Ansari Studied Arabic, Philosophy and history and obtained his BA from Aligarh Muslim University, in 1957.
He pursued higher studies in philosophy and obtained MA (Philosophy) from Aligarh Muslim University in 1959.
He completed his PhD (Philosophy) from Aligarh Muslim University in 1962.
He also obtained a Masters Degree, MTS (Comparative Religion and Theology), from Harvard University in United States of America in 1972.