Meher Ali Shah
|Meher Ali Shah|
|Religion||Islam, specifically the Chishti Sufi order|
14 April 1859|
|Died||May 1937 (aged 78)
|Based in||Golra Sharif|
|Predecessor||Hazrat Khawaja Shams-ud-din Sialvi|
|Successor||Pir Syed Ghulam Mehi ud Din|
Meher Ali Shah (Urdu: پیر مﮩرعلى شاه ) was born 14 April 1859 (1 Ramadan, 1275 A.H.) in Golra Sharif, which is located midway between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, in present-day Pakistan. The time just before his birth saw the Indian Rebellion of 1857 fought between the British and the sepoys allied with seven of the Princely states. He is renowned as a Sufi saint, a great Hanafi scholar upholding the position of Abdul-Haqq Dehlavi, and especially for being at the forefront of the anti-Ahmadiyya movement. He wrote several books, most notably Saif e Chishtiyai, (The Sword of the Chishtis), a polemical work regarding the unorthodoxy and the heresy of the Ahmadiyya movement of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad.
Early childhood 
Shah reported that he loved seclusion since childhood, feeling uncomfortable in the midst of throngs of people, and finding deserted places serene. Quite often, he said, he would quietly leave the house at night after everyone else had gone to bed, and spend much of the night wandering the nearby wooded ravines. As he grew, he started experiencing a feeling of such unusual heat within his body that he was sometimes compelled — even on cold winter nights — to bathe in the ice-cold water of the canal, and also rub pieces of ice on his body. When he left his room late at night after finishing his studies, he used to experience the same kind of comfort from contact with the cold mountain air that a thirsty person normally derives from cool water at the height of summer. Sufis believe such heat is generated due to excessive amounts of Zikr or Dhikr, an Islamic practice that focuses on the remembrance of God.
Early education 
Shah received his early education about the Quran at his family khanqah (Sufi hospice) and was given classes in Urdu and Persian in the local madrasah. He completed his intermediate level religious education here. His stay in this madrasah was for about two and a half years.
After completing his education at Angah at the age of 15 from Mianwaddal family of Hafiz Rehmatullah, he decided to continue further studies in the United Provinces (U.P) of India. In 1874 Shah traveled to different parts of India such as Kanpur, Aligarh and Saharanpur. Next he stayed in Aligarh at the madrasah of Maulana Lutfullah of Aligarh for two and a half years.
When Shah returned home after completing his studies, he married the daughter of Charagh Ali Shah who belonged to his mother’s family living in the town of Hasan Abdal, a few miles away from Golra Sharif.
- Tahqiq-ul-Haq Fi Kalima-tul-Haq (The Truth about Kalima-tul-Haq)
- Shamsul Hidayah
- I’la Kalimatillah Fi Bayan-e-Wa Ma Uhilla Bihi Legharillah
- AlFatuhat-us-Samadiyyah (Divine Bounties)
- Tasfiah Mabain Sunni Wa Shi’ah
- Mulfuzaat-e-Mehria (Sayings of Meher Ali Shah)
Sufi of the Chishti Order 
Shah was a disciple and Khalifa of Shams-ud-din in the Silsila-e-Chishtia Nizamiyah. His biography, Meher-e-Muneer, records that he was also made a khalifa by Haji Imdadullah Muhaajir Makki, when he visited the latter in Mecca. Makki advised him to return to India, where a great storm was about to rise against Islam, which Shah must crush. Makki is believed by some to have been predicting the rise of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community.
Supporter of Wahdat-ul-Wujood (The Unity of Existence) 
Shah was a supporter of Ibn Arabi's ideology of Wahdat-ul-Wujood but he made a distinction between the creation and the creator (as did Ibn Arabi). He also wrote explaining the "Unity of Being" doctrine of Ibn Arabi.
In 1933, Shah was absorbed in his meditation and mystic trances. That year the philosopher Muhammad Iqbal had to give a lecture at Cambridge University on Ibn Arabi's concept of Space and Time. He wrote a letter to Shah stating that now there was nobody in all of Hindustan whom he could consult in this matter, and requesting him to tell about Ibn Arabi's work. In this letter Iqbal stated with respect that he knew he was disturbing Shah's meditations, but as his motive was the service of Islam, therefore he dared to ask him a question. Shah however, due to his meditation and bad health, could not reply.
Anti-Ahmadiyya preaching 
Shah was settled in Hijaz by the end of nineteenth century; Muhajir Makki of Mecca appointed him to go back to India and to fight the new movement of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad. So he returned and campaigned against the Ahmadiyya, writing books such as Saif e Chistiya which was critical of the movement. Shah also challenged Ahmad to a public debate in Lahore. Ahmad had previously challenged him in writing a commentary about the Quran.
|Sufism and Tariqa|
- Mehr Muneer Biography of Meher Ali Shah
- Mulfuzaat -e- Mehrya by Meher Ali Shah
- "Mehr Muneer" a Biography of Meher Ali shah by Maulana Faiz Ahmed