Faizel Patel – 11/06/2021
The Muslim Ummah has been shattered after losing another great and esteemed Islamic scholar following the passing of Mufti Taha Karaan.
Mufti Karaan passed away in Cape Town on Thursday after a long illness.
He was a Shafi’i researcher born to a family eminent in both its maternal and fatherly ancestry for Islamic grant.
Mufti Karaan completed his hifz in one year at the Waterfall Islamic Institute (Mia’s Farm).
After he completed his Aalim course, he travelled to the Indian sub-mainland and Darul Uloom Deoband, moving on from that point in 1991 with the most astounding of qualifications.
Mufti Karaan then went to the Middle East and completed a two-year graduate certificate at the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.
Before his passing, Mufti Karaan fulfilled his Amanahas Mufti of the Muslim Judicial Council (MJC) with distinction, a responsibility he accepted after the passing on of his beloved father and former Mufti of the MJC Ml Yusuf Karaan in 2015.
Speaking to Radio Islam, deputy president of the MJC Ml Abdul Khaliq Ali says the passing of Mufti Karaan is a sad moment for the Muslim Ummah.
“We have lost a great learned scholar who has dedicated his life to the course of Islam. Froma very tender age and until the moment he had passed on he had served this ummah with distinction. So it is to be understood with that calibre of person that we sit that has passed on that globally, the Muslim community has responded to this very sad and tragic news of the passing on of Sheikh Ml Taha Karaan.”
Radio Islam’s Ml Obeidullah Boja says Mufti Taha Karaan was one of the great Ulama of our times.
“Hazrat Ml Abbas Jeena was making mention that the initial years when Moulana had started his Durul Uloom in Strand, the great difficulty of which Moulana had begun in a small housing place where Moulana would come sometimes twice a month and drive down to Johannesburg to source funds for his institute. Thereafer with the Mercy of Allah (SWT) it grew very well, this can be attributed to the sincerity and the dedication of Ml Taha Karaan.”
The Jamiatul Ulama South Africa together with hundreds of other organisation in South Africa including Ulama and individuals have shared their sadness and heartfelt condolences on the passing of Mufti Karaan.
Jamiat SA says Mufti Karaan was an exceptional scholar who throughout his life was dedicated to the pursuit of the knowledge of deen with remarkable excellence.
“With a library of knowledge lifted away from our midst, we are poorer today as a community.”
Mufti Karaan’s Janazah will take place in his hometown of Strand and according to the wishes of family, will be an intimate one.
The MJC has encouraged the community and Imams of Masaajid in South Africa and across the globe to perform Salaatul Janaza in abstentia for Mufti Karaan.
Listen to the tribute by Ml Abdul Khaliq Ali
Listen to the tribute Ml Obeidullah Boja