Mumtaz Ali, the son of late Tajddin Sadik Ali is an origin of Karachi. He is a banker by profession and had served the Kharadhar Religious Centre, Karachi as an honorary teacher for over 28 years. He is also an honorary lecturer of The Shia Imami Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for Pakistan for last ten years. He is also a writer and compiled, "The Genealogy of the Aga Khan" and "Ismailis through History" and have written many articles in different journals.

He is actively engaged in compilation of the biographies of "101 star-personalities of the Ismailis" of 19th and 20th centuries.

Jerruk and the Ismailis


Mumtaz Ali Tajddin Sadik Ali

(author of "Genealogy of the Aga Khan" & "Ismailis through History")
November 10 1999, Karachi


1. Jerruk and the Ismailis during the British rule in India 01
2. Annexure "A" : Merali & his family 14
3. Annexure "B" : Services of Count Subazi'ali (ov) in Sind 16
4. Annexure "C" : The Estate Agents of the Aga Khan in Karachi, Lasbela and Sind 18
5. Annexure "D" : Brief Description of Mahallat, Jerruk 28
6. Annexure "E" : Facsimile of the ginans of Bhagat Akhund 31
7. Bibliography 32
8. Photographs 34

The principle object of compiling this monograph is to afford a brief account of Jerruk, Sind and its tragedy in 1843. In the following pages an attempt is made to gather within a convenient compass the information scattered in the oral and written traditions. This monograph however does not claim to be a comprehensive work, but it is an attempt to view it through the windows of accessible source materials, both oral and written. My hope is that others may be induced to set to work in this field more than I have done. If but a single reader is thus persuaded and benefited by this labour of love, I shall be amply rewarded.

Without the collaboration of several colleagues, this monograph would not have been possible. I wish to express my deep gratitude to pioneer efforts of the individuals and institutions.

I am indebted to Varas Akbar Rai Hasan Karmali, the Estate Agent of the Aga Khan in Pakistan for encouraging me in the study. My thanks are also due to Rai Rehman Kanji, the Chairman of The Shia Imami Ismaili Tariqah and Religious Education Board for Pakistan for arranging the facility of photography in Jerruk during my field research.

I owe a great debt of gratitude to my colleagues Zulfiqar R. Meghani for designing this monograph. A special debt of gratitude is owed to Varas Sherali Alidina, Noorali Valliani of Hyderabad, Alijah Peer Muhammad Hussaini Asani, etc. for providing important materials I instituted.

I do not claim an authority in Ismaili history. This is however an output of an arduous work, labour and interest of an individual. Of its many errors, alike in plan and execution, I am conscious, no doubt, my attention will soon be called.

Mumtaz Ali Tajddin S. Ali

B/17 Noor Apartments,
Webb Street,
Garden East,
Karachi. (Pakistan)

November 10, 1999