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Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Darul Iftaa NY is an affiliate of Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah in Sherwood, Durban, which was run by Mufti Ebrahim Desai (may Allaah have mercy on him). Mufti Ebrahim Desai (may Allaah have mercy on him) had advised us several times to open a branch of Darul Iftaa Mahmudiyyah in New York for both issuing fatawa and providing iftaa training, but we did not feel ready to do so at the time.

Before establishing this Darul Iftaa, we were informally answering questions through a series of “Ask Mufti” WhatsApp groups that were started just before Ramadan two years ago at the suggestion of Mufti Tahmid Chowdhury (may Allah reward him). Mufti Ebrahim (may Allaah have mercy on him) was very happy to hear of this service and gave us his du‘aas to proceed. Alhamdulillaah, we have been able to answer over ten thousand questions so far.

After the passing of Mufti Ebrahim Desai (may Allaah have mercy on him), his family informed us that he had repeated his request that we open a Darul Iftaa in his wasiyyah. In accordance with Mufti Ebrahim’s final wishes, and after receiving the du‘as of many of our teachers, we established Darul Iftaa NY in 2022 by the grace of Allaah Ta‘aala.


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