After graduating in Islamic theology Ameer Ali returned from India in 1930 as the first Trinidadian to fully qualify as a Moulvi or Islamic scholar.  Described as a tall, dark and handsome man, the Moulvi was a non-sectarian Muslim.1  However, having spoken about Mirza Ghulam Ahmad at a meeting without condemning him on December 29, 1931, at the Liberty Hall, Port-of-Spain it was assumed that he was a supporter of Mirza in disguise.2  Despite his published denials he was branded as an Ahmadi

Not withstanding his controversial ideas and beliefs, Moulvi Ameer Ali ushered in a new age of enquiry.  He was considered a great scholar of Islam.  His knowledge of Arabic, English and Urdu gave him an advantage over his adversaries.  He taught Islam in conformity with new thought and scientific discoveries.  He advocated that women should work alongside men and be given equal opportunities in the social development of the community.3  This was unheard of in the traditional Muslim community.  His new ideas did not meet the approval of the elders in the Muslim community.  However, evidence of his leanings to Ahmadism could be discerned in his teachings.  He taught that Jesus was dead and that he was not taken up to Heaven alive and therefore would not be returning to earth.  He taught that the ascension of Prophet Muhammad to the Heavens or the Meeraj was spiritual and not physical.  These teachings are in conformity with Ahmadi beliefs also.  So despite his denials of being an Ahmadi his speech reflected Ahmadi teachings.  There began to emerge antagonistic feelings against Moulvi Ameer Ali from the majority of Sunni or traditional Muslims.

Already the Mufti or spiritual leader of the Tackveeyatul Islamic Association, Moulvi Ameer Ali was made Life President in June, 1935.  Two of his strongest supporters were Mohammed Hakim Khan and Mohammed Rafeeq, foundation members of the Tackveeyatul Islamic Association .

His modern outlook on religious matters, especially the treatment of women created a lot of furor and controversy. He was not afraid to try new things in a society steeped in tradition.  The first ever open air Eid-ul-Fitr or Festival of the Breaking of the Fast prayers in Trinidad were conducted by Moulvi Ameer Ali at the Aranguez Savannah, San Juan between the years 1935-1937 also.4

When differences of opinions proved to be too great between him and other members of the Tackveeyatul Islamic Association, Moulvi Ameer Ali after a lengthy court battle, withdrew along with his supporters from an organization in which they diligently worked for fifteen years.