Intro
Shaikh Yacub Ali Irfani, also spelled as Sheikh Yakoob Ali Irfanee was an Ahmadi who worked as a major confidant and was on MGA’s team of writers/editors/imams. He seems to have been a student/assistant of Noorudin while he was in Jammu as early as 1886. He went on to be the main editor of Al-Hakam and then wrote many early biographies on Ahmadiyya. He also wrote a biography on the wife of MGA, Nusrat Jehan Begum. The year of his death is unknown.
He wrote 4 historic books in 1915, Sirat-ul-Nabi, Sirat Ahmad, Hyat-e-Ahmad and Sirat Masih Maoud. We have found a scan from Hyat-e-Ahmad which indicates that mga was born in 1839 (See in the below). The Khalifa began to officially change this date in 1916 or so.
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_____________________________________________________________________________________________1886

Irfani wrote a note in a letter of Noorudin about a potential marriage between MGA and Noorudin’s pre-teen daughter.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1889

He is present at the very first Bait ceremony in Ludhiana but doesn’t take bait with MGA.
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MGA makes Irfani the editor of his first newspaper (see Dard, pages 563-564).
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Irfani vehemently supports the Khilafat of Noorudin (See Truth about the Split and Noorudin by Zaf Khan).
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1912

100 Years Ago… – An appeal for Al Hakam – An “arm” of the Promised Messiah

Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad with his companions during their visit of different religious institutions of India, Lucknow, April 1912. Sheikh Yaqub Ali Irfani is seen seated on Huzoor’s right.


_____________________________________________________________________________________________1915

He writes a biographical book which is officially published by the Ahmadiyya community called ‘Hyat-e-Ahmad’. He wrote 4 historic books in 1915, Sirat-ul-Nabi, Sirat Ahmad, Hyat-e-Ahmad and Sirat Masih Maoud. We have found a scan from Hyat-e-Ahmad which indicates that mga was born in 1839. The Khalifa began to officially change this date in 1916 or so.
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He wrote another biographical entry by a toilet attendant of MGA, Mir Hamid Shah.
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1924
https://www.alhakam.org/this-week-in-history-23-29-july/

He accompanies the Khalifa on his tour through Egypt, Israel and the UK.
_____________________________________________________________________________________________1927

He writes a biography on the father in law of MGA, Mir Nasir Nawab, this is wherein MGA blurts out to the effect that he has cholera. After this was published, it was a shocker, Ahmadiya leadership ordered a 2nd edition be published and they erased the relevant sentences.

In 1927, Yaqub Ali Irfani ra, a prominent & devout companion of the Promised Messiah a.s, performed the pilgrimage of Hajj. During his stay in Makkah, he also had the opportunity to meet with Sultan Ibn Saud, who was the king of Hijaz.

Ahmadiyya sources admit that the King knew that Irfani was a Qadiani-Ahmadi and still allowed him to perform the Hajj.
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1928—1947

It is unknown when he died.
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Photo

_____________________________________________________________________________________________Links and Related Essays

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2018/12/11/hyat-e-ahmad-by-yaqoob-ali-arfani-in-1915/

Ahmadiyya leadership admitted (in the 1930’s) that MGA used lots of editors and ghost writers

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad lied about his relationship with his newspaper, Al-Hakam

Mirza Ghulam Ahmad’s desire for a 3rd marriage led him to ask Noorudin about his pre-teen daughter

https://ahmadiyyafactcheckblog.com/2018/11/25/mir-hamid-shah-and-his-obituary-in-al-hakam-the-english-re-publish/

When did MGA’s marriage with his second wife Nusrat Jehan take place? What year?

Hyat e Nasir (1927) 1st edition vs. 2nd edition

Mirza Tahir Ahmad authenticated the book, “Hyat-e-Nasir” (1927)

Mir Nasir Nawab, the father-in-law of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad

https://www.alislam.org/library/browse/pdf/.urdu.pdf.Seerat-Masih-Mauood-Yaqoob-Ali-Irfani/#page/291/mode/1up

Ahmadiyya leadership lied about the First Bait ceremony in 1889


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