A Brief Biography Of Hadhrat Mufti Ebrahim Salejee Saheb (Hafidhahullah)
Birth: Born in South Africa in 1956.
Early Education: Hadhrat Mufti Saheb studied Hifz and five years of the Alim course at the Waterval Islamic Institute under the great saint Hafiz Abdur Rahman Mia (Rahmatullahi Alayh) and other competent scholars such as Mufti Ebrahim Sanjalvi (Rahmatullahi Alayh).
Tertiary Education: After completing Mishkaat Shareef, Hadhrat Mufti Saheb took admission into Darul Uloom Deoband, India, where he completed the Mishkaat and Dawra Hadith levels under great scholars like Hadhrat Qari Muhammad Tayyib Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alayh), Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alayh), Mawlana Anzar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi Alayh), (the son of Maulana Anwar Shah Kashmiri (Rahmatullahi Alayh)) and many others.
Upon completion, Hadhrat spent a considerable amount of time (approximately 9 months) with his Sheikh, Hadhrat Moulana Maseehullah Khan Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alayh) of Jalalabad, the khalifa of Hadhrat Moulana Thaanwi (Rahmatullahi Alayh) and held a formal relationship of Islaah with him until the demise of Hadhratji in 1992.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb completed the Ifta course under the supervision of the Grand-Mufti of India Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb Gangohi (Rahmatullahi Alayh).
Post-Graduation: After graduating as a Mufti, he returned to South Africa and began teaching Hifz and a few elementary kitaabs from his house in Isipingo Beach. A few years later the Madrasah moved to a private house which was situated where the Madrasah Hifz hall is today. (Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen, Isipingo Beach, Durban, South Africa)
As the number of students increased, a building was erected, and later the house was demolished and a complete structure for a Darul Uloom was built. Subsequent to this many extensions were carried out.
Spiritual Guidance & Mentorship: Hadhrat Mufti Saheb received khilafat from both Hadhratji Maulana Maseehullah (Rahmatullahi Alayh) and Hadhrat Mufti Mahmood Hasan Saheb (Rahmatullahi Alayh) both belonging to the Chisti Silsila of Tasawwuf.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb has since been involved in making the Islaah of many people who have initiated a link with him. For this purpose, an Islaahi Majlis is held four times a week after Asr at the Madrasah Masjid. During the month of Ramadaan, an I’tikaaf program for the entire duration of the month is held.
Current Occupation & Activities: Besides Islaahi efforts and other administrative duties, Hadhrat Mufti Saheb personally teaches the famous Book of Hadith al-Jaami’ us Saheeh famously known as Bukhaari Shareef and Sunan Abu Dawud.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb has also spearheaded many other projects in various areas. Of particular significance is the Maktab project of the Jamiatul Ulama (KZN) that presently has under its wing over 100 Makaatib in rural and residential areas.
Hadhrat Mufti Saheb also actively offers his services by answering istiftaas (questions) received by the public. He also serves in an advisory capacity to many Madaaris affiliated to Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen.
We make du’a that Allah Ta’ala grant Hadhrat Mufti Saheb long life and good health so that the Ummah continues to derive benefit from his blessed presence.
Visit www.alhaadi.org.za to access Hadhrat Mufti Saheb’s Bayaans & also to get more info on Madrasah Ta’leemuddeen.