Born sometime between the years 1830-1840, he was named “Jama’at Ali” by his respected father, Sayyid Karim Shah. His ancestors, who belonged to Shiraz, Iran, migrated to India during the reign of the Mughal Emperor Humayun. He was born in Village Alipur Sayyidan, Tehsil Narowal, District Sialkot, in the Punjab province of Pakistan, of which the family is a permanent resident. At a very tender age, he learnt the Holy Koran by heart. He belongs to the Hasni Husaini family of Sadaat, i.e., Sayyids.


By birth, Ameer-e-Millat was a subtle genius and was endowed with such superb characteristics as mild, gentle right-mindedness and exceptional intuition. These excellent qualities were further refined by learned and accomplished teachers through especial and dedicated attention. Alongside mastering various intellectual and traditional sciences, he gradually kept on achieving latent and spiritual advancements. Indeed, he rivalled the competency of Imam Zahbi in learning, and that of Imam Hajar Asqalani in all-inclusive memorizing. In that era, he was conspicuous for his eloquence par excellence and was unrivalled in dazzling displays of public speaking.


In 1935, during the “Masjid Shaheed Gunj” movement, he was chosen as Ameer-e-Millat (Leader of the Nation) by a convention of religious scholars and elders from all over Punjab. He thus became famous by this “Ameer-e-Millat” title. Earlier in the 20th century, when Arabia was stricken by a severe famine, he set up a “Madinah Fund” and personally administered tremendous relief work. This ensued in the conferring of the title “Abul Arab” to him from the holy land (Hijaz).In 1920, a Khilafat Conference was held in Lyallpur, in which Maulana Shaukat Ali addressed him as The Eloquent Person of Hind (India), but he was best known as Huzur Qibla-e-Alam.


His miracles are countless, which really calls for a big volume to record. Nevertheless, the most remarkable and outstanding among them is that each and every one of his descendents to date has been “Hafiz” of the Holy Koran, learned and accomplished religious scholar, and leading a life in strict conformity with Islamic jurisprudence.