“Preserving Faith in Times of Tribulation” by Maulana Taha Karaan Tuesday 23rd May 2017 | Masjid Al-Falaah – Birmingham
Taha Karaan was born on 2 June 1969 in Cape Town. He was the son of Yusuf Karaan. He memorized the Quran at Waterfall Islamic Institute and went to study at the Darul Uloom Deoband from where he graduated in 1991 with highest grades. He later studied for two years at the Cairo University. His teachers include Saeed Ahmad Palanpuri. Taha followed the Shafiʽi school but held close to the Hanafis and attributed himself to the Deobandism.
Taha was seen as an influential thinker in South Africa. He was honoured with the title “ash-Shāfi‘ī as–Sagīr” (The Junior Al-Shafi’i) by Khalil Ibrahim Mula Khatir. In 1996, Taha established Dar al-Uloom al-Arabiyyah al-Islamiyyah in Strand.He succeeded his father Yusuf Karaan as the head-mufti of Muslim Judicial Council in 2015. He was the founder and director of Mahajjah Research Institute that he had started in defense of the Companions of the Prophet. He was known throughout South Africa for debating Shia’s. In early 90s, Azam Tariq regarded Taha Karaan’s expertise in refuting the Shia’s extraordinary. He wrote Fleeing from Fate to Fate: 40 Ahadith on Contagion and Pandemics.
He died on 11 June 2021 due to COVID-19 complications. Islamic scholars and intellectuals Abdur Rahman ibn Yusuf Mangera, Faraz Rabbani, Ismail ibn Musa Menk, Omar Suleiman and Yasir Qadhi expressed grief over his death.
May Allah grant him the highest station in Jannah! Ameen
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