Darul Iftaa Annual Report – 2012

Alhamdulillah, with the Fadhl and grace of Allah Ta’ala, the Darul Iftaa was established in January, 2011. The Darul Iftaa was named “Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah” by Hazrath Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum) in the blessed city of Madeenah Munawwarah. “Mahmudiyyah” is attributed to my Sheikh and Murshid, Mufti A’zam, Hazrath Mufti Mahmood al- Hasan Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayhi).

Presently, there are twelve students studying the Iftaa course. They are from:

  1. United States of America – 5 students
  2. United Kingdom – 2 students
  3. Jamaica
  4. Mozambique
  5. South Africa – 2 students
  6. Canada

 There are many Ulama from many parts of the world who have applied to study Iftaa. They could not be accommodated due to lack of adequate facilities. The Darul Iftaa has therefore embarked on an expansion project.

Mufti Faizal Riza Saheb of Melbourne, Australia was a correspondence student for three years. He came to South Africa last year and completed the Iftaa course. Since then, Mufti Faizal Saheb has established the first Darul Iftaa in Melbourne, Australia.

Alhamdulillah, four students will be graduating today.

Mufti Faraz Ibn Adam of UK will be settling in Ireland and establishing the first Darul Iftaa there. Mufti Faisal Bin Abdul Hameed of Canada will be establishing a Darul Iftaa in Montreal to serve Quebec and the Eastern Maritime provinces of Canada.

The Iftaa course is covered over two years. The Iftaa syllabus is included in the booklet. The following researches are also included in the pack:

  1. Compilation of the Qur’an and related matters
  2. The differences between the Maturidiyyah and Asha’irah
  3. Research on Mechanical Slaughter

The Darul Iftaa also offers a “Takhassus Fil Tafseer and Takhassus Fil Hadeeth” course.

In the past year, the Darul Iftaa arranged two Ulama gatherings. One with Hazrath Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum) and the other with Hazrath Moulana Suleiman Choksi Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum).

In the course of the year, we have been honoured with the presence of many visiting Ulama from around the country and abroad.

The Darul Iftaa conducted three Shariah Compliant Business Campaign programmes. Alhamdulillah, the response from the public was overwhelming. We have requests to conduct these programmes in Johannesburg, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town.

We have set up a Shariah compliant investment scheme upon the request of Stonevest Investments and officially launched the product last year.

 The Darul Iftaa receives approximately 15-20 telephonic queries daily and answers 20 –25 Fatawa on a daily basis. Thus far, approximately 3500 Fatawa were issued.

The queries come through the askimam and daruliftaa websites. This is apart from the fax queries and estate matters.

The Darul Iftaa conducts a BEEP (Business Educational Empowerment Programme.) Thousands of subscribers receive emails on business matters on a daily basis. The purpose of this programme is to educate and guide the Ummah on Mu’amalat.

The “Contemporary Fatawaa” is a compilation of the BEEP programme upon the advice of Hazrath Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum).

Alhamdulillah, we frequently research Jadeed issues and circulate such Tahqeeq to the Ulama. Many Ulama expressed their appreciation on these researches and also requested us to conduct Ulama classes to refreshen them on Fiqh and keep them up to date with contemporary issues. This request is being considered and it is hoped that it will be implemented once the new premises are up. Some of the researches forwarded to the Ulama are:

  1. Hadeeth of Dajjal and Jassasah
  2. Touching an English copy of the Qur’an without Wudhu
  3. Du’aa before eating
  4. The Islamic perspective on Shooting stars
  5. Talaaq and Qiyaas

We are currently preparing a case against Qadianism under the instruction of Hazrath Mufti Ahmed Khanpuri Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum). This case will be presented in the high court of Hyderabad, India.  We will circulate this research to you once it is completed.

We have also conducted three programmes for women related to marital problems. The recordings of these programmes have been uploaded on the ideal woman website. This website is run by women and fully supervised by the Darul Iftaa.

The Darul Iftaa conducted 13 mediations and arbitrations in the past year.

The following publications were distributed by the Darul Iftaa:

  • 1.      Contemporary Fatawaa
  • 2.      Mudarabah contract
  • 3.      Partnership agreement
  • 4.      Lease agreement
  • 5.      Al- Mahmood publication
  • 6.      Business Ethics
  • 7.      Activities of the Darul Iftaa
  • 8.      Wills and Estates
  • 9.      Family Values
  • 10.  Creditors Rights and Debt Management

The following websites are run by the Darul Iftaa:

  1. askimam.org – a Fatwa portal housing approximately 20 000 Fatawa.
  2. daruliftaa.net – the official Darul Iftaa website which houses fiqh researches, Shariah Compliancy documents, lectures, etc.
  3. daralmahmood.org – A website dedicated to serve the needs of Islaah and Tazkiyah of the Ummat.
  4. idealwoman.org – a website dedicated to serve the needs of woman.

We make du‘ā’ that Allah Ta‘āla grant us Ikhlās and Qubūliyat in our efforts and let his shade of mercy envelope us at all times, Ameen.

I take this opportunity to express my heartfelt gratitude to the Imam of Musjid us- Saliheen, Hazrath Moulana Ahmed Chohan Saheb (Damat Barakatuhum) and the honourable trustees and responsible people, namely Hafiz Suleman Makda, Hafiz Shakir Desai, Hajee Prof. Randeree for providing the facilities, venue and meals for this Jalsa.

The unflinching support of the trustees of Musjid us- Saliheen and the general people of Sherwood and the surrounding areas ever since I came to Sherwood jolted my thinking of the existence of a far better part of the world.

May Allah (Subhanahu Wa Ta’ala) reward you abundantly for your Ikraam and increase our love and Mahabbat for His pleasure. Aameen.

(Mufti) Ebrahim Desai 

Download the report along with researches handed out at : Annual Report

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