Who is Mufti Asim Patel?
Mufti Asim Patel is a highly esteemed Islamic scholar hailing from South Africa. His journey in the pursuit of Islamic knowledge commenced at a young age, demonstrating his deep passion and dedication. Mufti Asim embarked on his academic endeavours at Darul-Uloom Zakariyya - SA, where he completed his Hifdh (memorisation of the Qur'an) and 'Ālimiyyah course under the tutelage of revered scholars including the renowned Mufti Ridhā-ul-Haq Sahib (D.B.).
Seeking to broaden his scholarly horizons, Mufti Asim travelled to Al-Mahad al-Ali al-Islami, Hyderabad, India, where he pursued the Iftaa and Qadhā course under the personal supervision of the esteemed Mawlānā Khalid Sayfullah Rahmani (D.B.). Eager to further enhance his expertise in the field of Islamic jurisprudence, Mufti Asim had the privilege of studying an advanced Iftaa level course, guided by the erudite Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Rahimahullāh). This rigorous training equipped him with the necessary skills to provide authoritative rulings and guidance on matters of Islamic law.
Deepening his linguistic proficiency, Mufti Asim pursued Arabic literature studies in Egypt, where he immersed himself in the rich literary heritage of the Arabic language. He undertook studies at various Marākiz and Fiqh-ul-Muqāranah, gaining a comprehensive understanding of classical Arabic texts and their interpretation.
Mufti Asim's scholarly pursuits were complemented by his dedicated service to the community. He served as the assistant Mufti at Jamiatul Ulama, KZN-Durban, where he played a role in dispensing religious guidance and counselling. Simultaneously, he imparted his knowledge of Islamic jurisprudence by teaching Fiqh at Madrasah Hamīdiyyah, nurturing a new generation of aspiring scholars.
Furthermore, Mufti Asim Patel has successfully completed both his BA and MA degrees in Islamic Studies with Education at the Markfield Institute of Higher Education, Leicester. These academic achievements have further fortified his scholarly journey, equipping him with an in-depth understanding of Islamic principles and their application in educational contexts.
Presently, Mufti Asim Patel holds the esteemed position of principal at the Goodwood Islamic Academy (Masjid Mu'adh ibn Jabal). In this capacity, he upholds the noble responsibility of shaping young minds by providing a comprehensive Islamic education.
In addition to his role as the principal at the Goodwood Islamic Academy (Masjid Mu'adh ibn Jabal), Mufti Asim also serves as an esteemed teacher at the Darul Iftaa Mu’adh Ibn Jabal. This esteemed institution offers specialised Iftaa training to graduating students from Islamic seminaries, empowering them to master Islamic Law and Jurisprudence. Mufti Asim plays a pivotal role in shaping the next generation of scholars through his dedicated instruction and mentorship.
Moreover, Mufti Asim is deeply committed to his local community and actively engages in community development initiatives. He recognises the importance of fostering strong bonds within the community, providing spiritual guidance, and addressing the diverse needs of its members. Mufti Asim's active involvement demonstrates his unwavering dedication to the betterment of society and his commitment to serving the broader Muslim community.
Mufti Asim Patel's remarkable academic accomplishments, coupled with his dedication to community service and ongoing pursuit of knowledge, mark him as a distinguished Islamic scholar who exemplifies unwavering commitment and expertise in the field of Islamic jurisprudence. His profound insights and invaluable contributions continue to inspire and guide countless individuals on their spiritual journeys.
The Islamic Monetary Council is deeply humbled by his appointment as the Head of Shariah Compliance, no doubt great things are yet to come Insha-Allah under his stewardship, mentorship, naturing, and guidance.