Sister Anna Hadija Ali (29 December 1966 - 6 June 2012) was a Kenyan Religious Sister of the Pious Union of the Daughters of Jesus the Good Shepherd. She is known for her claims of direct contact with Jesus Christ through personal visits between 1987 and 1991.
Ali was born in 1966 to a Muslim father and a Roman Catholic mother in Kenya, but was not baptized until 1979. She received a limited education, which was further dampened by ill-health, suffering from continual bleeding of her hands and feet. While at school, Ali kept secret her desire to be a religious, later claiming that ill-health usually disallows religious study in Kenya.. Convinced that she could be healed by Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, who was a controversial faith healer at the same time he was a ranking prelate of the Roman Catholic Church. Ali went to meet him during his visit to Nairobi in 1983. She claims that she was indeed cured through his prayer.
Ali was one of the first women to join the Daughters of Jesus, which was founded by Milingo. She made her profession of vows on 7 September 1991 in the chapel of the monastery of the Visitation Order in Rome, Italy.
She stayed at the Bishop Cornelius Korir's residence in Eldoret, Kenya, where she shared her mystical experience with other members of the community such as mystic Brother Sergio Perez Estrada and others. She continued experiencing the weekly visits of Jesus and crying blood tears on Wednesday-Thursday nights according to the testimony of diverse witnesses.
Personal visit claim
In August 1987, at the residence of Archbishop Emmanuel Milingo, Jesus Christ is said to have first appeared to the woman. Ali claimed continual visits, and that on the feast of Corpus Christi, 1988, he appeared in tears of blood and
came with His own light. He was enveloped in light, which was of the same hue of the sky when it is deeply blue. His presence illuminated the whole room. He wore a red tunic (the color of blood), with wide sleeves. He has shining dark hair. He gave me a message and on His instruction I started writing down the messages...The first message was written on 8 September 1987
After this event, more personal visits are said to have followed, in which further divine revelations, (which have been written down, documented, and studied) insist upon the following already occurring in society:
- the betrayal of humanity, and the dragging down of souls to perdition through sinful loves and money;
- [that] the time is grave and warnings are not heeded;
- the devil has imprisoned souls.
One of the pieces of evidence for Ali's claims is that of a photograph allegedly depicting Jesus during one visit. In subsequent revelations, it is said that Jesus gave reasons for making himself visible, including the following:
- "Listen to me. I am above this earth. I allow myself to be seen after many warnings"
- "I make myself visible in order to bring back souls."
- "I love mankind and I make myself visible in order to give my warnings of mercy"
- "Many do not listen to me because they do not believe in my reality"
Conference and public reaction
On 15 February 1994 Ali, with Milingo, held a press conference in Rome in which she recounted her experience, and showed her photographic evidence. European media reported on the event, including the British tabloid, News of the World. Her claims of these private revelations have yet to be fully endorsed by the Catholic Church.