About | Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb

Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb was born in Richmond, Natal. He completed his Qur?n Memorization (Hifdh) by the renowned Hafiz Abdur Rahman Mia Saheb Rahimahullah at Watervaal Islamic Institute (Mi?’s Farm) South Africa. Thereafter, he pursued his ??lim Course in Jamia Islamia, Dhabel for 7 years and passed with distinction in every year. Mufti Ebrahim Desai completed his Mufti Course (Ift?) at Jamia Isl?mia, Dhabel, India under Hazrat Mufti Ahmad Khanpuri Saheb of Dabhel for 2 years. After he completed his  Iftaa in Dabhel, he went to  Deoband to spend time with his Shaykh, the Grand Mufti of India and famous reformer and saint of the time, Mufti Mahmood Hasan Gangohi Rahmatullah Alayh for Islaah and increase in spirituality. Mufti Saheb is the Khalifah of Mufti Mahmood Saheb Gangohi Rahimahullah.

In 2011, Mufti Ebrahim Desai Saheb moved to Durban permanently and laid the foundation for Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah, Sherwood, Durban. He is currently the Ameer of the Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah where students enrol to study the Iftaa course. The Darul Iftaa caters for many facilities under the supervision of Mufti Sahib. Ulama who study under him to become Muftis, qualify from local Darul Ulooms, UK, US, Canada and many parts of Africa. Many of Mufti Sahebs students have established Darul Iftaas in many parts of the world and have their own fatwa websites that are affiliated to Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah. Further information can be accessed at www.daruliftaa.net.



  • Current Executive member of KZN Jamiatul Ulama (The Council Of Muslim Theologians)
  • Current Head of the Fatwa Department of KZN Jamiatul Ulama (The Council Of Muslim Theologians) for 25 years. Mufti Saheb was appointed at that position by Moulana Yunus Patel Rahimahullah and Moulana Abdul Haq Omarjee Rahimahullah.
  • Current Head of the Judicial Committee of KZN Jamiatul Ulama (The Council Of Muslim Theologians).
  • Mufti Saheb was a senior lecturer of Hadith at Madrasah In’aamiyyah, Camperdown for 10 years.
  • Mufti Saheb taught Fiqh, Principles of Fiqh, Tafs?r, Had?th at Madrasah Ta?leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, South Africa for 10 years.
  • Senior Teacher at Madrasah Nu?m?niyyah, (Chatsworth, Durban) as well as Madrassah Hamidiyyah. Mufti Saheb has been teaching Bukhari Shareef for over 20 years.
  • Mufti Saheb is the guest of the world renowned Askimam.org website which serves over 123 countries in the world. The Askimam.org site hosts approximately over 40,000 rulings with approximately 80,000 hits daily.
  • A Shar??ah Compliant Business Campaign which also initiated by Mufti Saheb in 2002 provides a conference to tackle contemporary business matters in Islamic Commerce and Finance.
  • Official Arbitrator of commercial and marital mediations/arbitrations.
  • Mufti Saheb has extensively travelled viz. United States, Canada, UK, China, Zambia, Malawi and other countries for almost 15 Years and delivered talks and lectures on various topics in Mas?jids, Universities and various institutes and has been included in 500 Most Influential Muslims in the world for many years.
  • Mufti Saheb also holds Majaalis on Islaah and Tasawwuf every Thursday night after Esha Salaah at Masjid-e-Saaliheen, Sherwood.



Mufti Saheb has published numerous articles and kitaabs. He recently compiled Contemporary Fatawa comprising of three volumes and also published a detailed commentary on the Qaseedah Burdah which is available at the Darul Iftaa.

Mufti Saheb has also authored two books, “Introduction to Had?th: A general introduction to Had?th and its sciences” and Madkhal al-Buyoo’ (Introductions to Islamic Commerce). His fatawa have been compiled in a 2-volume book titled “Al-Mahmood”. Another compilation of his talks at the Shariah Compliant Business Campaign is also available titled “Shariah Compliant Business Campaign”. The latest compilation of contemporary verdicts is also available in 3 volumes titled “Contemporary Fatawa”.

Mufti Saheb has been issuing Fatw?s in various fields for more than 25 years.





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A Woman’s Role In The Ummah



Ebrahim Desai
Musjid-e-Nabawi, Madinah Munawwarah

12 Jumadal Ula, 1441
7 January, 2020


Almighty Allah refers to the three missions of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam in the following verse of the Quran:

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“It is He who has raised among the illiterate (Arabs), a Messenger from themselves, to recite to them His verses, to purify them, and to teach them the Book and the Wisdom.”[62:2]

Whilst every mission of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam is important and compliment each other, the mission of Tazkiyah [purification of the soul] is central to the other missions of Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam. The recitation of the verses of the Quran [tableegh] and education [taleem] will be effective only if they are combined with Tazkiyah.

Tazkiyah refers to cleansing the soul from Kufr, Shirk and evil qualities. The Quran and Ahadith are complete with emphasis on Tazkiyah of the soul.

Rasulullah Sallallahu Alaihi Wasallam taught us the following dua:

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“O Allah, grant my soul its piety and purify it, You are the Best to purify it, You are its Guardian and Master.” [Sahih Muslim: 2722]

It is the wish and desire of everyone to be peaceful and happy. To achieve that peace and happiness, we adopt various materialistic means of peace and happiness. Despite all the various means we adopt, we still we do not experience peace and happiness within ourselves. We are in a state of continuous anxiety and grief. The reason is Allah is Salam [peace] and peace comes only from Allah Taala. When we make peace with Allah through Tazkiya [purifying souls], Allah will grant us peace.

Allah refers to three stages of life in the Quran.

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Allah is He Who shaped you out of weakness, then appointed after weakness strength, then, after strength, appointed weakness and grey hair. He creates what He will. He is the Knower, the Mighty. [30: 54]

Likewise, Allah refers to three stages of Nafs in the Quran:

1. The first type of nafs is Nafs-ul-Ammarah. Allah says:

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“Indeed the nafs that overwhelmingly commands a person to do sin.” [12:53]

2. The second type of nafs is Nafs-ul-Lawwamah. Allah says:

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“And I swear by the reproaching soul” [75:2]

3. The third type of nafs is Nafs-ul-Mutmainnah. Allah says:

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“To the righteous it will be said “oh peaceful soul, return to your Lord well pleased, and pleasing to Him” [89:27-28]

The cycle of the life carries on. We don’t believe in stagnancy in time. Likewise, we should not be stagnant in Nafs Ammarah. We should bring the courage and work on purifying our Nafs Ammarah by reproaching ourselves [Lawwamah] until we reach to the stage of Nafs-ul-Mutmainnah. At this point we will experience peace and happiness within ourselves in all facets of our lives. Now spouses will look and treat each other differently, parents and children will respect each other and living in such a society will be bliss from the blessings of Allah.

All Praise is due to Allah for the establishment of the Darul Mahmood website to assist us in our Tazkiyah and spiritual journey to connect to Allah. Mahmood means the praised one. May Allah grant us the ability to reform ourselves and make Hamd [praise] of Allah and become Mahmood in the sight of Allah. May Allah make us the bearers of the following verse:

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To the righteous it will be said “oh peaceful soul, return to your Lord well pleased, and pleasing to Him” [89:27-28]


Ebrahim Desai
Musjid-e-Nabawi, Madinah Munawwarah

12 Jumadal Ula, 1441
7 January, 2020