Al-Hajj Hafiz Nooruddin

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The First Caliph
Reign1908 – 1914
Successor To:Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad
SuccessorHazrat Mirza Bashiruddin Mahmud Ahmad

Hazrat Al-Hajj Hafiz Nooruddinra, (1841-1914) was an acclaimed Islamic scholar who became one of the first followers of Ahmadiyya. On the demise of the founder of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad, Nooruddin was elected as the first Caliph.  

Nooruddin was a direct descendant of Umar, the second Caliph of Islam. Nooruddin memorised the entire Quran from heart before travelling to Mecca and Medina at the age of 25 to continue his studies. He spent several years studying under religious scholars in Arabia and also performed the Hajj pilgrimage. During his student years, Nooruddin also received a formal secular education and specialised in medicine. Soon after his return to India, Nooruddin was appointed the Chief Royal Physician for the states of Jammu and Kashmir. While serving in this role he also continued to teach the Quran. 

Despite being a scholar of growing repute in his own right, Nooruddin became increasingly impressed with the work of Hazrat Mirza Ghulam Ahmad and in 1889 became the first person to formally offer him his religious allegiance. Following Ahmad's demise in 1908, Nooruddin was unanimously accepted as his successor. Among his many scholarly works is his collected four-volume commentary of the Quran, Haqiaq al-Furqan.