Hazrat Maulvi Muhammad Yar Arif was born on 2 December 1902 in Sialkot district. His initial Education was in a village called Yora where a teacher was appointed for his studies.
His father Hazrat Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain Sahibra pledged allegiance to the Promised MessiahAS in 1904 and then from him Ahmadiyyat grew within his family.
Hazrat Maulana Muhammad Yar Arif entered in the Jamia Ahmadiyya Qadian in 1916. He graduated from Jamia Ahmadiyya Qadian in 1923. He then took a government job in the education sector. However, Hazrat Musleh MaudRA instructed him to leave that job thus, he left the government job and came to Qadian and engaged in the service of the Jamaat.
He entered with the missionaries and worked with them. Here he had met Hazrat Hafiz Roshan Ali Sahib. Hazrat Maulana Abul Atta Jalandhri was also among his companions. After graduating from here he had also got the opportunity to hold many successful debates. Meanwhile, he took the matriculation exams and had also passed.
Before coming to England, he worked as an assistant private secretary to Hazrat Musleh MaudRA. Before going to London, he toured India extensively and under the guidance of Hazrat Musleh MaudRA. (More information on his services in England will be added soon). Maulvi Muhammad Yar Arif Sahib left Qadian on July 25, 1931 and till 1935 to serve in England.
(History of Ahmadiyya Volume 6 p. 349)
He also had an opportunity to contact Allamah Iqbal and the Secretary of State as a representative of Jamaat Ahmadiyya as the Imam. When the Ahmadiyya Jamaat organized the historic public meeting in which the Quaid-i-Azam he also had the opportunity to participate. Honourable Maulana Muhammad Yar Arif Sahib as Naib Imam of Masjid Fazal London was also present in the ceremony.
During his return from England, he had the opportunity to visit some places for example, Calcutta, Bombay, Karachi, Hyderabad (Deccan) etc. In the meeting held in 1940, the delegation which was sent to represent the Ahmadiyya Jamaat, Hazrat Maulana was in that delegation.
(Supplement of Tehreek Jadid monthly, November 1986, pages 12, 11)
Respected Muhammad Yar Arif Sahib after a long sickness passed away on 17-18th November 1986 in Lahore at the age of 84.