Born in Mombasa
Lutf Ali Merali made his name in the printing business.
He was on the editorial of the Kenya Daily Mail, then he started his own press, called Merali Limited, which printed the Ismaili Prakash for many years.
"My kaka would go with Lutfali Merali to steamers (sometimes in the middle of the night)to bring ashore and help settle Ismaili newcomers." Sherbanu Gulamali Jina Madhavji
His outstanding services were however in the field of Building Society activities. He was first to organize and complete a project of Cooperative Building Society at Mombasa on a most economical basis in accordance with the guidance of the Imam.