Meaning of ASHRAF AND AJLAF

Meaning of ASHRAF AND AJLAF:

The term Ashraf is used to refer those Muslims who claim to be the direct descendents of prophet Muhammad through Ali and Fatima. This group occupies a prestigious place among the Muslims in India. The family name most associated with this status is Sayyid or Said. It is widely believed that they possess, though in a diluted form, some of the Prophet’s powers to bless. Ajlaf, on the other hand, are converts from Hinduism especially from lower castes.