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.

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

He is present at the very first Bait ceremony in Ludhiana but doesn’t take bait with MGA.

MGA makes Irfani the editor of his first newspaper (see Dard, pages 563-564).

January 1909
Irfani vehemently supports the Khilafat of Noorudin (See Truth about the Split and Noorudin by Zaf Khan).

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.

He wrote another biographical entry by a toilet attendant of MGA, Mir Hamid Shah.

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.

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