Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Daamat Barakaatuhum)
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As well as being a Hafiz of the Quran, Mufti Ebrahim Desai (db) has studied sacred Islamic knowledge in Dabhel for nine years: commencing from the Arabic Language and comprising Usool-e-Fiqh, Hanafi Fiqh, Logic, Usool-e-Hadith, Hadith, Usool-e-Tafseer, Tafseer. Having completed the Dars-e-Nizamiyyah he then studied the principles of issuing Fatwas for two years in Dabhel under Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri Saheb, a renowned and leading Scholar in India, and another year under the grand Mufti of India, Mufti Mahmoodul Hasan Saheb (RA) (compiler of Fataawa Mahmoodiya).
Mufti Saab is currently a senior teacher at Darul Ulum Numaniyyah. In addition to his teaching duties, Mufti Saab has established a Dar ul Iftaa in Durban as well which along with the well-known AskImam site serves the needs of thousands of Muslims by providing them answers to their everyday questions.
Hazrat Mufti Ebrahim Desai (damat barakatuhum) has the honor of being the khalifah of his Shaykh Mufti Mahmood-ul-Hasan Gangohi (rahmatullah alahyi), the late grand mufti of India & the most senior khalifa of Hazrat Shaykh Maulana Zakariya Kandhalwi (rahmatullah alahi). As part of his training in Tasawwuf, Mufti Saab (db) spent time in the Khanqah of Dabhel where he used to lead Qiyaam-ul-Layl during the last ten nights of Ramadan.
Islamic Banking and Halal Investment
Most recently Mufti Saab has been working on solving the practical investments needs of Muslims by providing them a halal avenue to invest through the Al Mabroor Buffalo and Al Mabroor Real Estate Projects. Alhamdulilah, these efforts have been put forward for the Muslim community without any consultation fees or any other sort of fees. Further details are available on the Dar ul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah site.
In addition to his continuing contributions to Fiqh and Hadith, offline and online, Mufti Saab holds a regular Dhikr Majlis in Durban and answers Islahi questions through Dar Al Mahmood as well. Alhamdulilah, it is through the blessings of Allah that Mufti Saab has contributed to all avenues of Islamic sciences.
He has authored two fatwa books, Al Mahmood Vol. I & II, a book for Hadith students:
Introduction to Hadith, and numerous articles on a wide spectrum of topics and issues relating to Islam.
Mufti Ebrahim Desai (db) also has been visiting the US & Canada for the past 10 years in an effort to educate and revive the Islamic spirit among the Muslims here.
Special concern about Halal Business Transaction
Imam Muhammad ibn Hasan Al-Shaybani (rah) was asked why had had not compile a book on Zuhd (ascetism/piety). The Imam (rah) replied that he had: Kitaab ul Buyoo (The Book of Business Transactions) meaning that if a person were to make his business dealings Shariah Compliant, that would be an enormous act of Zuhd.
This is even more relevant in our society where halal earnings have been given a very low priority. In the spirit of reviving concern for halal earnings and making Muslims aware that our earnings have a great effect on our Spirituality and Faith,
Mufti Saab has hosted numerous workshops on making businesses Shariah Compliant.
These workshops are held annually in South Africa, and were held this past Ramadan in the US.