Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial (1887–1960)(also spelled Fateh Muhammad Sayyal) was a companion of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and the first Ahmadi missionary sent from India, under the leadership of Hakeem Noor-ud-Din, the first Khalifa of the Ahmadiyya movement. In the June-1914 edition of the english ROR, his name was spelled as Chowdhery Fateh Muhammad Sayal, M.A., he seems to have written a joint article with the soon to be Khalifa (and his close friend) Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad. He returned to British-India in 1921, and by 1923 was working as the secretary of the tabligh, education and missionary departments.

In 1937, he murdered another ahmadi murrabi, Maulvi Muhammad Amin and got away with it, this was in terms of Bashir Ahmad Misri and Fakhur ud Din Multani. (See Bashir Ahmad, “Ahmadiyya Movement, British-Jewish Connections” and with the sub reference of “Tahrik-e-Arar”, page 89). This is most likely mis-spelled, it should be “Tehrik-e-Ahrar”, or some variation of that. In 1947, he might have killed Sikhs during the partition ad was arrested and then later released.

Sial was born to Chaudhry Nizam Din in Jora Kalan, a small town in the Kasur district of Punjab. In 1899, Sial and his father (Chaudhry Nizam Din) gave their Bay’ah, the oath of allegiance; to Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and in 1900, the family migrated to Qadian.

He knew Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud since 1906, he helped him create the Tashhidhul Adhhan magazine (See “True Facts About the Split”). After the split, he sided with the family of MGA and the new Khalifa, Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad. In 1947, he seems to have been arrested for violence to Sikhs in and around Qadian.

Sial received his bachelor’s degree at the Government College University, Lahore. He continued his studies at the Aligarh Muslim University and completed his master’s degree in Arabic.

Mirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad asked for volunteers to serve as Ahmadi Muslim missionaries in England. In 1913, sending a missionary to England was beyond the means of the small community in QadianMirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad procured five hundred Rupees from the Majlis e Ansar ullah. Mir Nasir Nawwab (father in law of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad) personally donated one hundred and five Rupees. Additionally, poor Ahmadis individually collected a few Rupees. A total of seven hundred and eighty Rupees were collected and donated to the first Ahmadi Muslim Missionary of the Jama’at. Sial volunteered and traveled to England on June 22, 1913. There he served twice as a missionary. Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial arrived in London in July 1913, just a year before the start of World War I. As soon as he arrived in Great Britain and started the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK and started preaching the message of Islam to the people of Britain. The first spot he chose to preach at was Speaker’s Corner in Hyde Park by distributing leaflets, fliers, engaging in conversations with residents and holding interviews with the press. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community UK celebrated 100 years centenary since Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial arrived in the UK in summer of 2013. With the young Muslim community in London growing to immigration and a number of British Converts their became an increasing need for a Mosque where Muslims could gather and pray in congregation. In 1914, the second Ahmadiyya KhalifaMirza Basheer-ud-Din Mahmood Ahmad, instructed Fateh Muhammad Sial to purchase a property where a mosque could be built for the Muslim community.

In the ROR of June, he seems to have written a footnote for an older essay by Mirza Basheer ud Din Mahmud Ahmad wherein he argued that divine revelations hadn’t ended yet.

He returns from England after his first tour as Mullah.

He is Qadian and enjoying his life.

While living in Qadian, he writes an essay in the Jan-1918 edition of the ROR on the topic of “The Style of the Holy Quran”, Part-2.

The ROR of May-Jun-July-1919 explains how the arrival of Nayyar and Sial is expected in the UK. Per the ROR of Aug-Sep-1919, he left Qadian for the UK in the middle of June-1919 and arrived in the UK on 8-16-1919. They also announce the conversion of a man named Sagar Chand. He returned to London to be the Imam again, Nayyar travelled with him. The ROR of Oct-Nov-1919 reports that he is in London and giving lectures on Sunday’s at the Ahmadiyya Hall.

In the July-1920 edition of the ROR, it is reported how Sayyal is giving lectures. Maulana Nayyar and Azeez ud Din are also working with him. The ROR also reported that a family in Birmingham had converted to Ahmadiyya, however, this is a lie. They claim this is a Jewish family and even give the names as:

1–Isaac Yeti

2–Yetta Yeti

3–Eli Yetti

4–Michael Yeti

Sial and his team gave a list of 57 converts to Ahmadiyya in the same July-1920 edition of the ROR. It also claims that Mufti Muhammad Sadiq converted 300 people to Ahmadiyya during his short stay in the UK.

In August 1920, Fateh Muhammad Sial acquired a one-acre site at Southfields which became active mission house and his main base of operation, but within the space of a few years the Mission House was no longer sufficient and plans for a construction of a mosque on the site were finalized.

The ROR of Oct-1920 tells us that he visited Paris, France and attended some conference.

Review Of Religions – October 1921 Edition

The ROR of Sep-1921 reports that Sayyal is staying at Mecca and he is enroute to Qadian.
He returns to India. Completing his second tour of London as an imam. The March-1921 ROR also mentions his work in London, a few of his dreams are also mentioned. The Jan-1921 edition tells us that he is the lead Ahmadiyya imam and has been suffering from bad health, his assistants are Nayyar and Mubarak Ali. Mubarak Ali was supposed to go to West Africa, however, Nayyar was chosen.

He is mentioned in the ROR of March-April-May-1922, he accompanied the Khalifa to Lahore as they presented the famous book, “A Present to His Royal Highness – The Prince of Wales” to King Edward. He is working in many capacities for the Khalifa at Qadian. 


It is mentioned how Sayyal is trying to spread Ahmadiyya to its neighboring villages. He is working as the secretary of the tabligh, education and missionary departments.

He accompanies the Khalifa on his tour through Egypt, Israel and the UK. See here also.


His picture appears in the November 1928 edition of the ROR.


The February 1930 edition of the ROR reports that he was at the 1929 Jalsa and even gave a speech.

In 1937, he murdered another ahmadi murrabi, Maulvi Muhammad Amin and got away with it, this was in terms of Bashir Ahmad Misri and Fakhur ud Din Multani.


He is arrested and jailed by the Indian police for crimes against Sikhs. He is eventually released, however, the dates are unknown, he then travels to Qadian. He then moved to Lahore.

It is reported that Sayyal co-owns land with the 2nd Khalifa in Lahore.

28 February 1960: Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial passed away. He was a companion of MGA and the first ever missionary sent from India to the United Kingdom, under the khilafat of Hazrat Khalifatul Masih I.
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Who is the Ahmadi mullah, Abdur Rahim Nayyar?

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The Ahmadiyya Annual Jalsa in Qadian of 1929


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  4. ^ “The Baitulfutuh Mosque- Ahmadiyya Muslim Community: An Overview” Retrieved 2020-04-07.
  5. ^ “Imams of Fazl Mosque”. Archived from the original on 2014-08-10.
  6. Jump up to:a b Short Biography of Chaudhry Fateh Muhammad Sial, (Urdu) by Ata ul Waheed Bajwah, published by Majlis Khuddam-ul Ahmadiyya PakistanRabwah (2008).
  7. ^ Malfoozat; Vol. 2, pp.138-139. [December 27th 1901] [1]
  8. ^ Michelle O’Harte Image of Sial’s Letter dated September 25th 1907, Tareekh Ahmadiyyat Vol. 3, page 461
  9. ^ Short Biography of Fateh Muhammad Sial by Ata ul Waheed Bajwa, Rabwah (2008)
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