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Sultan Rahi – a story of betrayal, repentence & tragic end – by Asif Mall


Sultan Rahi was son of a Christian called Michael, who was worked all his life as a Cook in Lahore. Sultan Rahi’s mother was the niece of Robinson Magistrate in Lahore, a well-known Christian family still living in Lahore. Sultan Rahi’s first wife was the sister of Dilshad Najum-ul-Dim, a famous Christian from Youngsonabad village near Sheikhupura, who also served as IG Sindh police.

Sultan Michael used to be crazy about poetry in his youth and was very impressed with Bashir Rahi – the father of famous singer Pervez Mehdi, during his twenties he changed his name to Sultan Michael Rahi; though after conversion to Islam people knew him only as Sultan Rahi.

Sultan Michael was a good friend of an actor called Changaizee – also a Christian, as both friends entered the Pakistan film industry together. Both were excellent actors and were soon spotted by the gurus of the Pakistan film industry, though there was a big problem with them; they were both Christians. Both were told that if they want to excel in their careers, then they will have to convert to Islam. Sultan Michael succumbed to the pressure and converted to Islam and touched the heights of film career; whereas Changaizee refused and all his life appeared as a villain or in less important side roles.

After becoming a Muslim, the famous Pakistani film actor Nadeem befriended Sultan Rahi and helped him become a Muslim – first time from his heart, instead of just for the sake of excelling in his film career. This was the time when Sultan Rahi paid for the building of a very expensive mosque near Mazang Chungi in Lahore; at this point he has also performed multiple Hajjs.

Sultan Rahi’s first wife was a Christian, whereas the second wife was a Shia Muslim; though he had three sons and a daughter from each of his wives. Sultan Rahi had become quite well off, having properties overseas – even a hotel in Houston, Texas; which Asif Ali Zardari wanted to buy from him and there was even some dispute about its sale.

At one point Sultan Rahi becomes very ill and asked his wife for his personal copy of the Quran and started to read it like mad; though suddenly God knows what got into him, as he threw it on the floor – shouting take this away from me. He started to find his Bible and by the time he got hold of it, his wife kicked him out of the house for insulting the Quran. During that time he stayed in the home of film star Yousaf Khan and also the home of film star Saiqa; and its likely that both know about the reasons for his expulsion from home. Saiqa was also a Christian who later probably converted to Islam having married a Muslim guy.

Having touched the pinnacle of his career Sultan Rahi had started to feel a void in his life and started to secretly visit Christian prayer meetings at multiple venues in Lahore; and there are dozens of people who are eye witnesses to it. On one of such meetings at the home of film star Shabnam, he said that please pray for my salvation as I am a betrayer & renegade of Christ. The meeting was being led by a prominent Sindhi convert from Islam to Christianity, who is happy to confirm if necessary that how Sultan Rahi cried like a baby when asking for prayer for his afterlife.

Two incidents that shed further light on Sultan Rahi’s state of mind during last few years of his life are as follows:

First Incident: Once there was shooting of a film in Abbotabad, though at the eleventh hour it got cancelled and the crew went to Kalar Kahar instead; and Sultan Rahi’s son ‘Haider Sultan’ also accompanied him. A local Army Colonel recognised the crew and invited them to his home for hospitality and even encouraged them to do the filming inside his extremely large house. Sultan Rahi noticed that ‘Haider Sultan’ was ogling the daughter of the army colonel, which made him absolutely furious; as he took Haider to a room and started to beat his son with a belt – asking him to address the girl as his sister and leave for Lahore immediately. The eye witness who rescued ‘Haider Sultan’ from Sultan Rahi reports that Sultan Rahi said to his son; “I have Christian blood in me, I am no beghairat to let my son treat someone’s daughter in this manner – go to Lahore immediately”.

Second Incident: Sultan Rahi ordered some sarees for his wife, had sent his Christian servant called ‘Mand Masih’ with the money to go collect them. Mand came back with the sarees and also returned Rs 7,500 back to Sultan Rahi’s 2nd wife; saying that he was able to bargain on the price and hence returning the extra money. Sultan Rahi was heard saying to his wife; “Look at him – after all he has Christian blood in him like me, he can never cheat”.

A few months before his murder, Sultan Rahi talked to another Christian actor; asking his to bear witness that in his heart he has converted back to Christianity.

Note: A number of names are intentionally withheld for their safety, plus a lot of statements of Sultan Rahi are also withheld as they would be deemed derogatory to Islam by many readers on JPJ.

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  • Mr. Mall everything is fine and dandy but your assertion that one night Rahi was reading the holy Quran and all of a sudden threw it and asked for the bible is insulting to us Muslims, were you there when this happened? . I understand your affinity with your cause but please do not over exaggerate, this is not good for what you are trying to accomplish as this will only inflame the passions and sow hatred.

    • Aptly replied. The author seems to suffer from hallucinations. There are so many evidences to refute him on the life of Sultan Rahi…but its pointless to get into this debate. The gentleman is deceased and Allah Taala, The Omnipotent, The All Knower knows well.

  • So this is what happens in Pakistan?. Religion change for excelling in any field?. No doubt Pakistan is always in trouble. Long live Sultan Rahi and all other Christians in Pakistan.

  • This is utter rubbish. I have never responded to such fabricated/ridiculous stories but since a friend tagged me this article, the sheer & utter nonsense has made me respond to it.

    I have spent almost my entire life in the film industry (Production & distribution) & I never heard any of the incidents mentioned in this ridiculous read. The incident of throwing Quran was never mentioned by anyone, not even by Yousaf Khan sb with whom I have had several very long discussions on almost every topic & he was not the kind of man who would have taken such serious issue in a light way or refrained from mentioning it.

    Rahi marhoom may have been a convert (not sure about that & neither is this of any importance to me) but the report that he was asked/forced to covert by the gurus of the industry ‘so that he may excel’ is ABSOLUTELY UNTRUE. The popular playback singers Irene Perveen & A.Nayyer were Christians and no one every forced them to convert. Madam Shabnum and Mr Robin Gosh are another example, why were they never forced by the gurus ? Nadeem Sahab was very close to them & I wonder why he never helped THEM to become Muslims? Personal belief of someone has NEVER been a matter of priority for ANY producer/director in the industry while selecting cast, the priority has always been the box-office WORTH of an artist. During my association of almost 3.5 decades with the industry, I never saw/heard from anyone which could suggest that Nadeem sahib & Rahi Marhoom were close friends during any period.

    For years Rahi marhoom worked as a fighter/an extra and was cast in irrelevant roles. His first noteworthy role as a second villain was in one of our movie ‘DUNIYA MATLAB DI’, the movie was a big hit and his performance was liked by the audience, that earned him another important role in ‘BABUL’ which again he performed very well. Finally he got his major breakthrough when Aslam Dar sb selected him to play the title role in his film ‘BASHIRA’, it was this role which paved the way to his super stardom in Lollywood.

    Changaize marhoom was never considered an excellent actor (in the industry), though he was popular, but his popularity was more because of some ‘rape scenes’ in the films, rather then his excellent acting ability.

    Rahi marhoom was a wonderful human being; he acted in more than a dozen of our home productions & acted with my late father and uncle in dozens of other productions (as an extra & as a super star) I have met him hundreds of time. The kind of person he is being painted in this article is far from TRUTH. May his soul rest in eternal Peace……Ameen

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  • This is all lies. My grandfather met him in 1968, and he says he is haji, which means he want to hajj. He prayed 5 times a day. He was a true muslim. Rahi saab (may he rest in peace) was also a simple man. He never sat in chairs in his house, he always sat on a rug. As violent as he was in his films, he was exteremely soft in real life.
    To the writer: Please remove this article, or edit it, as it is full of lies.

  • Sultan rahi also married with an INDIAN girl who had come in Pakistan in 1964 in the hope of film actress in Lahore film industry ,her home name was SERVER JAHAN .She
    had been worked in pakistani film lunda bazar,salgrah,mere huzoor ,aurat ek kahani etc,She was my sister in relation but now I m unable to know her where abouts in LAHORE or in pakistan.I will be great thankful who will give her address ,mobile no. or email Id

  • This article looks extremely fake. I do not know anything about Sultan Rahi….but the contents appears to be quite cooked and fabricated.

  • I knew his parents and him as well. He was from a Muslim family and his family migrated from India to Pakistan during partition. This is guy who wrote the article is obviously uneducated and probably had never met Sultan Rahi in his life. Please don’t spread useless rumors.