Saiyedna Nooruddin Noorbhai bin Shaikhali (qr) is the 35th Da'i ul-Mutlaq, Siraaj um-Muneer and Saiyed-e-Azhar of the succession of Du'aat ul-Mutlaqeen. He is the only Da'i whose Qubbah Mubaarakah is situated in Surat. His Laqab (title) is Nooruddin, his name is Noorbhai. The muddat (period) of his Da'wat is 19 years 10 months and 24 days. Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr) did the Nass-e-Jali on him and appointed as the next Da'i ul-Mutlaq after him. On 14th Safar 1158 A.H., Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) ascended over the Masnad-e-Taiyebi.
He did the Khidmat (service) of the Elaahi Faatemi Da'wat and headed the religious and social proceedings of the mumineen of Surat during the time of Saiyedna Moaiyaduddin Saheb (qr) and Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr). The way he devoted his life for spiritual ascension of the mumineen by imparting them all necessary Deeni ta'leem, glorifying their hearts with the true and pious knowledge of Shari'at and Ahl ul-Bayt (as), guiding them on the Siraat ul-Mustaqeem – is unparalleled and praiseworthy. He was staying in the Devdi Mubaarak situated in Noorpura Mohalla in the Jhapa Bazaar locality along with majority of mumineen.
During the time of Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr), such was the ‘ilmiyat (knowledge), zohaadat (asceticism), rehm dili (nobility) and taqwaa (devotion to Allaah) of Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) that the mumineen of Surat started calling him as ‘maulaa' and ‘da'i'. To rectify the misunderstanding of mumineen, he declared that, ‘O mumineen, my and your ‘maula' is Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr) who is in Vadodara.' Along with all the mumineen of Surat, Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) came to Vadodara on the occasion of Urs mubaarak of Saiyedna Burhanuddin Dawoodji bin Qutub Shah (qr).
On that auspicious day, Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr) greeted all the mumineen of Surat. Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr), seated beside Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr), declared among all the mumineen of Surat that, ‘Our maula is Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr), who is our physical and spiritual mentor.' Along with Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr), all the mumineen of Surat gave Bay'at-Misaaq to Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr) – recognizing his rank and status of Da'i ul-Hind, Sind and Yaman.
As a reward of his loyalty and faithfulness, Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr) did the Nass-e-Jali on Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) and included him in the divine and eternal rosary of the succession of Du'aat ul-Mutlaqeen. Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) taught all the ‘ilm (knowledge) of akhbaar, zaahir, baatin, ta'weel and haqeeqat to his son Saiyedi Shaikh Adam Saheb (ra). When Maulaa was in Surat, Hasanali Kaaghzi used to look after the affairs of Da'wat, but after learning that Saiyedna Hameeduddin bin Saiyedna Moaiyaduddin Saheb (qr) has acquired all the required uloom and ma'aarif (knowledge and cognition), he ordered Hasanali to hand over all the powers of Da'wat and Jamaa'at affairs to Saiyedna Hameeduddin saheb. S. Hameeduddin then accomplished the umoor (proceedings) of Da'wat for the mumineen in Vadodara when Maulaa was the Da'i ul-Mutlaq in Surat.
Saiyedna Shehaabuddin Saheb (qr) wrote a will instructing Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) that, “Hameeduddin, the son of Saiyedna Moaiyaduddin Saheb (qr) is young at present, so at the time of your death if you feel that he has acquired all the knowledge of Da'wat and he is capable to hold all the responsibilities of Da'wat, then surely return the umoor of Da'wat in the progeny of Saiyedna Moaiyaduddin Saheb (qr).' Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) followed the will and at the time of his death, he called Saiyedna Hameeduddin Saheb (qr) along with the mumineen of Vadodara and did the Nass-e-Jali on him and passed over the umoor of Faatemi Taiyebi Da'wat over him.
Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) ascended to the Daar ul-Baqaa (heavenly abode) on 9th of Moharram ul-Haraam 1178 A.H. in Surat. Saiyedna Hameeduddin Saheb (qr) offered the namaaz of Janaazah along with the mumineen of Surat and appointed Saiyedi Shaikh Adam Saheb (ra), son of Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) as the wali of Surat. His qabr is situated beside Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr). There were many quboor of mumineen of Surat in the open ground of the Musaafir Khaana of Surat but it got buried with the passage of time. Gradually the mumineen of Surat returned to the Markaz of Da'wat, Vadodara.
Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) has left a priceless and exquisite jewel of his knowledge for the Kutub Khaana (library) of Da'wat – “as-Saheefat ul 'Alaviyah (Nooraaniyah)”, which was written by him. The comprehensiveness and the way of representation itself reflect the hard and endless efforts of Muqaddas Maula for the deeni upbringing of the mumineen. The Saheefah begins with the Adaab (pl. of adab - rules) of toilet (bayt ul-khalaa) and ends with the munaajat (du'a) of Maulaana Ali (as) and the different du'a of the days of the week. The description and the order of the Namaaz of Laylat ul-Qadr given in the Saheefah is the same which we follow till present day. Some of the du'a given in the Saheefah which are supposed to be recited after the Namaaz – gives the idea about the knowledge of the mumineen at that time. In the passage of time, some of the long du'a has been omitted from the daily recitation. The way of writing Lisaan ud-Da'wat is also distinct and different from what we speak these days. The Saheefah of Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) encouraged and guided us to publish the ‘as-Saheefat ul-'Alaviyah' in Gujarati for the mumineen – which is available at present. It is the ehsaan (favour) and karam (kindness) of our Du'aat-e-Keraam (qr) that they have preserved the revered legacy of Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) till date.
The ‘ilmi fayz (erudite contributions) of Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) is not limited to as-Saheefat ul-Alaviyah only. One more cause for his distinctness and admiration is the ‘Hisaab ul-Miraas,' which consists of the explanation of the distribution of the wealth and belonging of a deceased (wiraasat) to his heirs. It is a detailed account quoting the interpretations of the related verses of the Qur'an and the riwaayaat of A'immat-e-Taahereen (as). It was a custom during the time of Saiyedna Fakhruddin Saheb (qr) and Saiyedna Badruddin Saheb (qr) that the mumineen used to approach them for the distribution of wiraasat of the deceased. Saiyedna Saheb used the Hisaab ul-Miraas of Saiyedna Nooruddin Saheb (qr) for calculation and distribution of the wiraasat of the deceased to his heirs. He used to call upon all the members of the family – who were liable for the right of wiraasat, to the Devdi Mubaarak and distribute wealth justly and rightfully among them. The instructions and the calculations were written on a paper on which all the family members had to put their signatures. The collection of some of the papers of the calculations of the wiraasat is still preserved in the library of Da'wat. Following the same tradition, Mazoon Saheb (dm), declared in the Moharram ul-Haraam 1429, that on the footprints of our Muqaddas Maula, mumineen should approach Saheb-e-Da'wat after the death of the head of their families for the proper lawful distribution of the wiraasat to their heirs.
In 1365 AH, Saiyedna Badruddin saheb ordered 6 prominent people (Shethya) of Mumbai to fulfill the task of constructing Musaafir Khaana in Surat in the courtyard of Mazaar-e-Nooraani. Under the supervision of Saiyedna Y Nooruddin saheb, the task was beautifully completed in 1366 AH and the building today stands as a witness to that hard endeavor. It was in the very same year, Sheth Husainali Grantroadwala did ‘araz for constructing the Rozah Mubaarakah of Muqaddas Maulaa. With the superb designing work and masonry marvel, the construction of the Rozah was completed and it was inaugurated by the dast-e-maymoon of Saiyedna Badruddin saheb. In 1420 AH, where there stood an old mosque, Huzoor-e-‘Aali (tus) inaugurated a new mosque and did waqf for the namaaz and named it “Masjid-e-Haatemi”, as the Urs Mubaarak of Yamani Da’i Saiyedna Haatim (aq) falls in the same month of Moharram ul-Haraam.