Shah Ismail Shaheed was a scholar of Islam and a warrior in the jihad proclaimed by Syed Ahmed Shaheed against the Sikhs kingdom in Punjab in 19th century.
Shah Muhammad Ismail was the solitary son of Shah Abdul-Ghani, the grandson of Shah Waliullah Muhaddith Dehlawi, and the nephew of Shah Abdul Aziz Muhaddith, Shah Rafiuddin Muhaddith and Shah Abdul-Qadir Muhaddith. Shah Ismail was born on 12th Rabi’ul-Awwal 1193 H (corresponding to 26 April 1779 G). He himself was Sufi and a disciple of Syed Ahmad Shaheed, who was also very critical of the Sufis. He also partook in the Jihad of Syed Ahmad Shaheed against the Sikh kingdom of Punjab.
Syed Ahmed Shaheed and Shah Ismail Shaheed with the help of the Mujahadeen, including the 6 Swati’s tribes of Balakot and Syeds of Kaghan, led many revolts and attacks against the Sikhs. At last on 6 May 1831 during a fierce battle Syed Ahmad Shaheed and Shah Ismail Shaheed along with hundreds of their followers were killed in the battle .He is buried in Balakot and his Mazar is still there in very simple surroundings. Meanwhile the body of his leader Sayyed Ahmad Shaheed was not found and confusion prevailed about his body and burial.