Maulana Zafar Ali Khan (1873– 27 November 1956) Zafar was born into a Punjabi Janjua family in Sialkot, British India. He received his early education at Mission High School, Wazirabad, Gujranwala District., matriculated (10th grade) from Patiala, and passed his intermediate (12th grade) from the Aligarh College. Next, he worked in the postal department of the state of Jammu and Kashmir, the same place where his father worked, but resigned over a row with his seniors. He rejoined Aligarh College and gained his BA degree from there. After graduation, Khan was appointed secretary to a Muslim political leader Mohsin-ul-Mulk, then in Bombay. Then he worked for some time as a translator in Hyderabad, Deccan, rising to the post of Secretary, Home Department. He returned from Hyderabad and launched his daily Zamindar newspaper from Lahore which was founded by his father Maulvi Sirajuddin Ahmad, a close associate of Sir Syed Ahmed Khan – was a man of considerable ability and talent. Interestingly enough, when MGA had died in May of 1908, Maulvi Sirajuddin Ahmad wrote a small obituary write-up on MGA on June 8th, 1908 wherein he called MGA a “perfect” Muslim (see Zahid Aziz, “The Ahmadiyya Case”). Maulvi Sirajuddin Ahmad also confesses to have visited Qadian in 1877, he pointed out MGA barely spoke. He also indirectly mentioned how MGA was was born in late 1830’s at the latest, not 1835. In the 1930’s, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan wrote an essay entitled, “An open letter to the King of England” in which he stated that MGA accused Mary of adultery and called Christ a bastard.
Some of his family members were Ahmadi
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan’s maternal uncle Maulana Muhammad Abdullah Khan (d. 26th April 1935) was a scholar of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Jamaat. This uncle’s two sons, Maulana Mustafa Hasan Khan and Maulana Murtaza Hasan Khan were prominent Lahore Ahmadiyya missionaries and writers. In 1935, Lahori-Ahmadi newspapers reported how the uncle of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan had died.
Page 4 from the issue 27 April 1935. The death news is in column 3. By coincidence in column 1 there is an item about Maulana Zafar Ali Khan’s opposition campaign against Ahmadiyyat.
Pages 1 and 6 from the issue 7 May 1935. This is an obituary. It mentions on page 6 in column 1 (see red line) that the deceased was the “real phopha” of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. That means husband of the sister of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan’s father (uncle by marriage). As mentioned in these reports, the deceased was father of Maulana Murtaza Khan and Maulana Mustafa Khan, both of whom were missionaries and authors of the Lahore Ahmadiyya Movement. These two were first cousins of Maulana Zafar Ali Khan. The biographies of the three of them are included in the Lahore Ahmadiyya Urdu publication, Yaad-i Raftigan, vol. 2, at this link. Please see p. 102-114.
There is an article by Maulana Zafar Ali Khan in the very first issue of The Islamic Review dated February 1913, the monthly magazine started by Khwaja Kamal-ud-Din from Woking, England. The article is addressed to the British public and is on the topic of the sympathies of the Muslims of British India for the problems of their fellow Muslims in Islamic countries. Maulana Zafar Ali Khan was there at the Woking and praying behind Khwaja Kamaluddin and vice verse.
Maulana Zafar Ali Khan opposes Ahmadiyya, Sir Fazl-i-Hussain and many other Ahmadi’s as they go to war over the Kashmir issue.
In, 1934 when the British government banned Zamindar, Maulana Zafar Ali Khan, sued and got the government orders revoked by the court. He stood firm against Mirza Ghulam Ahmed and tried to falsify his claim of Prophethood through his rational columns. Essentially all Muslims consider Mirza Ghulam Ahmed a liar and his claim false.
He died on Nov 27, 1956, in his hometown Karamabad, near Wazirabad, Punjab.
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