The Archbishop Jonathan Ansar (Abu Zafar Sirajuddin Muhammad Bahadur Shah Zafar), born December 10, 1950. As a young child he was trained in Islamic Religious Education to become a "Hafiz" - one who memorizes the Koran from cover to cover. As a Muslim youth leader he opposed conversion of Muslims to Christianity and Christians preaching the Gospel in Burma. He published an article "Jesus Died in Kashmir", a two-page handout which stated that Jesus was not crucified, but instead another person who looked like him was crucified. The handout also stated that Jesus went to Kashmir, where he died a natural death and was buried. On 14 February 1970 Ansar had a vision and was hospitalized. When discharged from hospital, he decided to follow Jesus, which quickly estranged him from his family. Later while visiting a Roman Catholic Church, he was refused communion. Afterward he entered a Baptist church where he was offered communion and baptised on 10 April 1970. He changed his name from Syed Mohamed Ansar Hussain to Jonathan Ansar.
Metropolitan Archbishop Jonathan Ansar, previously known as Syed Mohammed Ansar Hussain, was born to Abdullah and Sakina Sultan at Mumbai, India into the Royal Orthodox Muslim family. His mother is the great great granddaughter to the Last Mughal Emperor of India, Abu Zafar Sirajuddin Muhammad Bahadur Shah Zafar (popularly known as Bahadur Shah II), and great granddaughter to Mirza Jawan Bakht. He was educated in both religious and secular education. Archbishop Jonathan Ansar was born in an Orthodox Muslim family. In the year 1963, when he was studying to become a Doctor of Medicine, circumstances led him to leave his studies and join the Army, where he was commissioned as an officer in the Commando Force. In 1971 he was wounded while on the Front Line in the battle which resulted in his having to walk permanently with crutches. He was medically unfit to continue in the Military Service and was boarded out by request.