He was born as Sher Ali, from the Ranjah clan of (BheraSargodha District, modern day-Pakistan. Maulvi Sher Ali was another student of Maulvi Nooruddin in Kashmir,  he became a prominent member of MGA’s team of writers/imams at Qadian. It seems that MGA mentioned him in 1890 in his book Izala Auham (however, Maulvi Sher Ali’s own writings contradict this).  Per Ahmadiyya sources, he was born on 11-13-1875 and was thus barely 14-15 years old by 1890 (See Dard, page 550). In fact, Maulvi Sher Ali’s uncle, Ch. Sher Muhammad, was an Ahmadi and was on MGA’s team of writers during his 1891 debate in Delhi (see Dard page 292). He was the son of Maulvi Nizam ud Din (this person is totally unknown in Ahmadiyya history). His mother died on 7 March 1907. A daughter of Sher Ali, with the name Khadija Begum wrote his short biography Seerat Hadrat Maulvi Sher Ali. In the late 1920’s, early 1930’s, his daughter was married (year is unknown) to one of the sons of Noorudin. The entire family was excommunicated in 1956 by the Khalifa.

His whereabouts in his era are unknown. He may have been with Noorudin in Kashmir. He was from the same city as Noorudin and Mufti Muhammad Sadiq, that is Bhera, Pakistan.

MGA mentions Maulvi Sher Ali in Izala Auham. However, his whereabouts in this era are unknown.

Maulvi Sher Ali was not listed in the first 313 companions list of 1896 (See Dard, pages 844-853).

Ahmadiyya sources tell us that he did his BA in 1897. After completing his studies (see “Seerat Hadrat Maulvi Sher Ali” by his own daughter, Khadija Begum), Sher Ali accepted MGA and signed the bait form, just a day before Lekh Ram died (See ROR of 1990, page 4). Sher Ali was present with MGA at the case of Dr. Clark vs. MGA. MGA seems to have given him the title of Maulvi, he didn’t have the proper education of an Imam.
((Advertisement 10 October 1899, Majmooa Ishtiharaat Vol.2 p.153).

MGA told the world that Maulvi Sher Ali was living at Qadian and giving good service 

Without a proper education, at roughly 26 years old, MGA made him the top headmaster at the Talim ul Islam High School in Qadian. He began writing essays in the english ROR also, he was working closely with Muhammad Ali. He remained headmaster of the school until 1903. He seems to have been idle for 6 years. By 1909, he became assistant editor of the English-ROR and stepped in anytime Muhammad Ali was busy working on his full english commentary of the Quran, and the British government built the biggest building in the history of Qadian which costed 25,000 rupees, this building was so big it began to house students and etc.

From 1903 to 1907, the Talim ul Islam High School was converted into a College, however, they were barely using any facility. The University Act of 1907 totally shut down the college, it wouldn’t open again until 1948 and in Pakistan. It was also reported that homosexuality and the plague was running rampant at this school.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________May–1903, English-ROR

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“””“The fact that he is known as a Prophet or Nabi refutes the idea that he was a Muhamadan Saint. No intelligent man would think that a person who was reputed as a prophet among the Muhammadans was a Muhammadan saint. Even if a Muhammadan saint worked miracles, they would take him as a Wali at best, and never a prophet. They believe that their HP is the seal of the prophets and that he is not to be followed by any other prophet…….and one who takes him as a muhammadan saint only, betrays his complete ignorance of the beliefs prevailing among the muhammadans””””

“…..we do not know of any prophet who appeared in Kashmir in the last 200 years”

–In the November-1903 edition, an essay is written entitled “The Tomb of Jesus at Srinagar”, in this essay, Reverend H.U. Weitbrecht accuses Ahmadi’s of academic dishonesty and it is discussed in some detail. This essay was written by Maulvi Sher Ali and edited by Maulvi Muhammad Ali.

–The May edition has an article entitled “The Tomb of Jesus at Srinagar”. This essay was written by Maulvi Sher Ali and edited by Maulvi Muhammad Ali, since he was the main editor of the ROR.


The Talim ul Islam High school and college are totally shut down.

Maulvi Sher Ali writes an essay about the plague prophecy, he admits that even houses adjacent to MGA’s have had people die of plague, he also calls MGA as the “Messenger of the Latter Days”.

Maulvi Sher Ali writes an essay series on the Mahdi and the Ahmadiyya viewpoint, this extends to several issues. This specific essay was re-produced in the ROR of 1987.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________A story from 1909

Dr Muhammad Abdullah from Qila Subasingh testifies:

“””During the time of Hadhrat Khalifatul Masih I, Hadhrat Maulwi Sher Ali Sahib(ra) worked as the editor of the Review of Religions. Once two English persons came to Qadian and passed along the northern part of Hadhrat Nawab Muhammad Ali’s residence where at that time Hadhrat Maulwi Sher Ali Sahib(ra) was feeding his water buffalo. His collar was open and he was attired in simple clothes. One of the English officers requested Maulwi Sahib that they wanted to meet the Editor of the Review of Religions and asked where they could meet him. Maulwi Sahib volunteered to accompany them to his house and brought them to his own house and seating them in his sitting room said that he would call the Editor.

Maulwi Sahib wanted to prepare tea and get better acquainted with his visitors but they insisted that he should take them there so that they could meet him in person perhaps en route. Upon this, Hadhrat Maulwi Sher Ali Sahib said, “I am the Editor of the Review’”.

The two English officers were utterly dumbfounded and in their reflex admitted, ‘We thought that the Editor of this magazine was some Englishman.’ (Sirat Hadhrat Maulana Sher Ali Sahib(ra) pp 189-190 by Malik Nazir Ahmad Riaz, missionary).

In 1910, in the Urdu Review of Religions, they called Mirza Ghulam Ahmad a true prophet (Sucha Nabi), Sher Ali was the author of this essay and was working as the editor.

Maulvi Sher Ali seems to write a pamphlet “The Balkan Wars”, ha argues that MGA predicted the losses of the Ottoman Empire in Europe. 

Noorudin had decided to send Maulvi Sher Ali to London to help Khwaja Kamaluddin build up the Ahmadiyya mission there, however, the new Khalifa cancelled this order as soon as he came to office (see page 6).

He sided with the family of MGA and remained in Qadian and thus became the sole editor of the ROR, until others came to help and eventually took over the job from him. He helped Mirza Bashir Ahmad on collecting data for the famous Seeratul Mahdi and even told how MGA would have his arabic revelations sent to Noorudin and Ahsan Amrohi to check for errors. In the central Organization of the Community, Maulvi Sher Ali served as director of publications (Nazir Taleef) at Qadian.[4]


While the Khalifa left for London, he was made the Amir of India by the Khalifa.

He gave a speech at the 1929 Jalsa at Qadian.

He writes an essay on the importance of fasting.

His wife died on 12 July 1942 and was buried at Qadian.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1947, in Pakistan

He died in Lahore on November 13th, 1947, just a few months after he moved from Qadian and was living in temporary quarters. He was buried in Lahore but was eventually moved to Rabwah. His daughter got married to one of the sons of Noorudin (Abdul Mannan) and was ex-communicated 8-years after Maulvi Sher Ali’s death (1955). He seems to have also written a translation of the Quran which seems to have been published after his death (1955 from Holland), why wasn’t this published in his lifetime, it’s unknown. In 2004, Ahmadiyya INC re-wrote this translation and re-published it in 2004, the original is thus totally missing.

Maulvi Sher Ali claims that he came to Qadian in 1897, a day before Lekh Ram was murdered, thus contradicting Dard and other Ahmadiyya sources that claim that he was already in Qadian by 1889-1890.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________Link and Related Essays

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Muslim Fasting

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In 1910, in the Urdu Review of Religions, they called Mirza Ghulam Ahmad a true prophet (Sucha Nabi)

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad vs. Molana Muhammad Hussain Batalvi and Muslims leaders in British-India in August of 1891

Ahmadi teachers at the Talim ul Islam High School were corrupt, they would pass Mirza Basheer-uddin Mahmud Ahmad, even when he failed

The British Govt. donated 25,000 rupees for the Talim ul Islam High School in Qadian in 1909

The Ahmadiyya Annual Jalsa in Qadian of 1929


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Some Additional references

  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