Maulvi Sher Ali

Maulvi Sher Ali Ranjha (24 November 1875 – 13 November 1947)[1] was a prominent Ahmadi scholar and a companion of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, who claimed to be the Promised Messiah and the awaited mahdi.

Maulvi Sher Ali (Ahmadi)
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Born24 November 1875 (1875-11-24)
Died13 November 1947 (1947-11-14) (aged 71)
OccupationMuslim scholar
Main interests

Early lifeEdit

Sher Ali was born to a well off and educated Zamindar family that was part of the Ranjha Jat tribe. He was the son of Maulvi Nizam ud Din. His mother died on 7 March 1907. A daughter of Sher Ali, with the name Khadija Beguum wrote his short biography Seerat Hadrat Maulvi Sher Ali.[2] Sher Ali did his B.A. in 1897.


When he heard of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad's claim he travelled to Qadian and gave his Bay'ah (Oath of Allegiance) at the hands of Ghulam Ahmad. He remained headmaster of the Talim-ul-Islam High School in Qadian.[3] He spent his whole life in the service of the cause of Ahmadiyyah. He accompanied Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, the second khalifa of the Ahmadiyyah sect on his journey to Europe in 1924, and participated in the Wembley’s Conference of Living Religions 1924. He was a profound scholar of religious sciences and the Arabic language. In the central Organization of the Community, Maulvi Sher Ali served as director of publications (Nazir Taleef) at Qadian.[4] He also published an exposition and rebuttal of the book Yana bi'ul Islam[5] in his Review of Religions.[6]


His wife died on 12 July 1942 and Sher Ali died on 13 November 1947 at Lahore. He was buried at the Bahishti Maqbara (The Heavenly Graveyard) at Rabwah.[7]


  1. ^ In the Company of the Promised Messiah - Page 148 Ch Ali Mohammad - 1977 "Some of the pious souls that joined the Ahmadiya Movement in Islam in 1897 were : Hazrat Maulvi Sher Ali, B.A. Parentage : Hazrat Maulvi Sher Ali was born at "
  2. ^ Seerat Hadrat Maulvi Sher Ali by Khadija Begum et al
  3. ^ 'Obituary' in The Daily Alfazal (Rabwah) dated 14 November 1947
  4. ^ 'Obituary' in The Daily Alfazal (Rabwah) dated 14 November 1947
  5. ^ The Original Sources of the Qu'ran by William St. Clair Tisdall
  6. ^ Seerat Hadrat Maulvi Sher Ali by Khadija Begum et al
  7. ^ 'Obituary' in The Daily Alfazal (Rabwah) dated 14 November 1947