Garad Ali IV

15th garad of the reer Darawiish clan

Garaad Ali IV was the fifteenth garaad guud of the reer darawiish tribe. This means he was the 15th supreme chieftain of the reer darawiish tribe.[1] He was the only Somali tribal leader not to have signed a treaty with a colonial power.[2] After his disagreements with the Sayid, Garaad Ali IV was replaced as the Dhulbahante king with Diiriye Guure in 1897.[3] Because of disagreements, the Sayyid named Diiriye Guure as Dhulbahante Sultan instead of Garaad Ali IV, and Diiriye Guure afterwards became Dhulbahante Sultan and Darawiish Sultan at the same time.[4]


  2. "SomaliaReport: The Quest for Somali Self-Governance".
  3. Salwe, Cabdisalaam (1996). The Collapse of the Somali State. ISBN 9781874209270. Garaad Ali Garaad Mahamud , Sultan of Bah - Ararsame Dhulbahante clan , whose people lived in Nugaal , felt uneasy at the expanding power of the Sayid
  4. Wedeman, Nicholas (1989). Ethnicity and Territorial Conflict in Greater Somalia. p. 38. His followers assassinated a Dulbahante leader , Garad Ali Farah , who had refused to ally himself with Sayyid