WINNER: Hafiz Amjid Mahmood Noorani
Hafiz Amjid Mahmood Noorani was born in Halifax in 1975 and by the age of 14 he had completed the memorisation of the entire Qur’an earning him the title of Hafiz.
From the age of 15 he began to lead the community in Tarawih prayer and he did so faithfully year upon year until sadly he passed away last year.
Having graduated with honours in Law back in 1998 he became a qualified and practicing solicitor, establishing his own firm and becoming a partner at Amal solicitors in 2005.
More than anything Hafiz is remembered for the unifying role he played in the community, carrying out charitable work in the area, engaging with young people and elders alike. He served the local mosques passionately and was loved by all. Hafiz had a profound effect on the people who met him and was extremely popular figure in the community.
He worked hard at bringing communities in Calderdale closer together and over the years he was involved in many campaigns close to his heart such as the recent flooding in our area.
He was a founding member and nominated chairman of the Calderdale Council of Mosques and worked tirelessly with the council, police and other services ensuring the recognition of the organisation as it played a vital role in tackling issues and concerns in the area.
Hafiz sadly passed away on June 11th 2016 during the holy month of Ramadan. A devoted father, husband, son and uncle who was sadly only 40 years old. This was devastating news to those who knew him and his funeral attracted 5000 people.