Who is Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai (Damat Barakatuhum)?

“The critic of a genuine Sufi (muhiqq al-sufiyya) becomes a target of the hadith: ‘Whosoever shows enmity to a single one of My Friends, I have declared war on him.’ While one that abandons all condemnation for what is clearly wrong in what he hears from some of them, abandons the commanding of good and the forbidding of evil.”

[Allamah Al-Dhahabi in al-Muqiza]

Since starting this website, I’ve been requested numerous times to provide some more information on Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai (Damat Barakatuhum). However, other than the fact that he is a Khalifah of Shaykh Maseehullah Khan (rahmatullahi alayh), who was one of the foremost Khalifahs of Shaykh Ashraf Ali Thanwi (rahmatullah alayhi) (d.1943), there is not much biographical information available regarding him at the moment. For now, I have compiled below some excerpts from Ulama, and people who have interacted directly with him, from the now defunct website sunniforum, and from other sources.

Regarding the Maulana’s harshness towards the Ulama-e-Soo’ and deviants who drag countless people with them into Jahannum, the following article provides an adequate answer:

Why is the Majlis so Harsh and ‘Extreme’ Towards Deviations and Deviants?

Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai can be easily contacted for Deeni queries or spiritual advice on:



Shaykh Maseehullah Sherwani Khan (rahmatullahi alayh)

Shaykh Maseehullah was amongst the foremost khalifahs of the accepted Mujaddid, Hazrat Maulana Ashraf Ali Thanwi. Uniquely, Shaykh Maseehullah had granted khilafaat to Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai while he was still a student in his Madrasah. A brother who resides in Port Elizabeth relates being in a Majlis of Shaykh Maseehullah in which he stated regarding Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai:

“There was never a student of the likes of Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai. There is not one and there never will be one ever in the history of the Madrasah of Jalalabad in India.”

A revert brother from New York narrates:

“I personally known Hazrat Moulana A.S. Desai for over 20 years and know for a fact that during his madrasah days Moulana Maseehullah Ummat Khan ( rahmatullah alayh) used to come in Moulana A.S. Desai’s room and had to force him to stop reading his madrasah kitabs and would comment by saying ”your doing too much, please take a break”. This was the only student of Maseehullah ( rahmatullah alaih) that he had to force to a break in his studies. Moulana is truly a living Waliullah.”


In response to some absurd and vile slanders directed at Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai, the Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng issued a response. The full response can be found at the bottom of this page. The Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng are run by Ulama who were close to Shaykh Maseehullah Khan, such as Mufti Hashim Boda who himself was also granted Khilaafat, and graduated from his Shaykh’s Madrasah in Jalalabad. Thus, they have themselves witnessed directly incidents and accounts which affirm Shaykh Maseehullah’s high regard for Maulana Ahmad Sadeq.

The Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng relate that Shaykh Maseehullah once mentioned that Maulana A S Desai will do the work of a hundred Aalims. On another occasion, in response to complaints regarding Maulana A S Desai’s firm and unwavering acquittal of Amr bil Ma’roof wa Nahy anil Munkar, Shaykh Maseehullah responded that though people were complaining at that time, in 50 years’ time people will be crying and making Du’aa for him. In another Majlis, Shaykh Maseehullah Khan actually took hold of Maulana A S Desai’s hand and took bay’t from him. When Maulana A S Desai completed his course at Jalalabad and the time arrived for his return to South Africa, Shaykh Maseehullah Khan and all the Ustadhs of the Madrasah escorted him to the bus stand to bid him farewell.

Mufti Ibrahim Desai (www.askimam.org)

Mufti Ibrahim Desai states:

In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful

Assalaamu `alaykum waRahmatullahi Wabarakatoh

The editor of the Majlis, Hazrath Moulana Ahmad Sadeck Desai Saheb Madda Zilluhu is an Aalim of a very high calibre. He has a deep understanding of Shariah. This is clearly gauged from his innumerable publications. Hazrath Moulana is the Khalifa of Hazrath Maseehullah Khan Saheb rahmatullah alayh. Hazrath has been selflessly dedicated to Amal bil Maroof and Nahi Anil Munkar for the past few decades. Hazrath is also engaged in various other activities. It is surprising how much one person can do. Allah has granted Hazrath great courage and strength. He is a person of high level of taqwa and mujahadah. He does not go after position and fame. If that was the case, Hazrath would not have selflessly and openly condemned many wrongs and evils for the fear of becoming unpopular. Many people throughout the world continue to benefit from Hazrath Moulana’s publications.

Television is haram and we concur with Hazrath’s view on that. It is possible that the different radio stations err in some issues. If Hazrath points that out, it should be accepted and corrected. It is incorrect to brand Hazrath of being over extreme when he is fulfilling his obligation on Nahi Anil Munkar. Those that claim that Hazrath is extreme, what is their measure to claim that? If people violate the laws of Shariah and Hazrath rightfully condemns that, how can that be extremism? What do such people expect Hazrath to do? Keep quiet? What will that be then? Complacence, which is a sin.

It should also be pointed out that differences of opinions among academics is regarded as academic honesty. This is common even among academics in secular qualifications. The different views among the Ulama, based on academics is a mercy upon the ummah and should be tolerated. If other Ulama have differing views from Hazrath’s views and both are based on academic substantiations, then it will be incorrect to brand any one view as being an extreme view. While we concur with Hazrath on the issue of television and open wrongs of television and radio stations, we may differ with him on other issues. However, we will respect his view and tolerate it as Hazrath’s views are generally substantiated by Shariah.

If anyone claims to have an academically different opinion and he does not stand up to the academic challenges made to him, that is academic dishonesty and such an opinion cannot be tolerated as that is regarded as academic dishonesty.

Another issue is the tone and manner of condemning a vice. This is based of hikmah and wisdom. At times, the Quran condemns certain wrongs in certain ways, medium to harsh. This is based on what is best in the interest of that time and matter. An Aalim of Deen is imbued with hikmah. He exercises that hikmah and whatever he honestly feels between him and Allah is the most efficient tone in condemning a wrong, he does that.

The different ways of Ulama condemning wrongs, some with softness and others harshly etc. should be viewed in this light. Concentrate on the actual issue pointed out rather than focus on the style and tone.

When the laws of Shairah are violated and people, especially Ulama, keep quiet, that incurs the wrath of Allah. The silence of Ulama will lead to distortion of Shariah and Deen. Allah condemned the Ulama of theYahood and Nasaara for keeping quiet against open violation of the Shariah. Rasulullah (صلى الله عليه وسلم) said, “This knowledge of Deen will be carried by just people from pious predecessors. They will refute distortions of extremists, refute baseless claims and wrong interpretations of ignorant people”.

And Allah knows best


Mufti Ebrahim Desai

Shaykh Abdul Hamid Ishaq

Shaykh Abdul Hamid Ishaq (Damat Barakatuhum) states:

“Moulana Ahmad Saadiq Saheb of Port Elizabeth’s Majlis-ul-Ulama says that the Jihad of the century is to establish Makaatib, and Madaaris. I am in 100 percent conformity to Hazrat Moulana’s suggestion. This is one of the greatest needs of the time. I don’t want to delve into this subject, which, incidentally, is very essential, but the Maktab is a place where, if run correctly, forms the foundation of the Ummat.”

There are currently over 300,000 students studying at Maulana Ahmad Sadeq’s Maktab Madrasahs which are mostly (purposefully) located in remote areas where the Christian NGOs are carrying out their missionary activities. He has had over 1,300,000 children complete the course so far.

Mufti Afzal Husayn Ilyas

Mufti Afzal Husayn Ilyas stated in defense of Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai’s harshness when condemning evil:

“Who are you to judge him?

Study Islamic History, you will find that as per the temperament of the people ALLAAH sends a Nabi accordingly – sometimes firm, other times soft – but in the Shariat of Hadhrat Muhammad (sallallahu alayhi wasallam) all types of people have been catered for.

Thus if one method does not work use another. In different situations different methods are used. Thus Moulana has got his method. His services will and cannot be forgotten. Your definition of ‘Ambassador of Islaam’ is not correct. My suggestion is to meet the man.

Enjoining what is Right and forbidding evil has various levels, degrees, methods and stages. Firmness can be seen in the life of Sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum). Actions of Nabi (sallallahu alayhi wasallam), Hadhrat Abu Bakr (radhiyallahu anhu), Hadhrat Umar (radhiyallahu anhu) and Hadhrat Ali (radhiyallahu anhu) can be read.

True Ambassodors of Islaam are the sahabah (radhiyallahu anhum) – read our translation of ‘Hayaatus Sahabah’ for more details. If a person is burning in a house, a robber is about to steal, a murder about to happen, now when raising the alarm are you going to for in for ‘Tajqeed’ lessons.

There are different methods for different situation whilst different react differently. See the severity, velocity of the sin and firstly recognize sin to be sin which most do not know – this reformation is virtually impossible… “


Snake Ismail Ibrahim Patel al-Salafi (al-Hanafi) aka Harris Hammam

Despite being the sorry victim of one of Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai’s humiliating refutations (see here: Lies, Distortions, and Slanders of the Salafi Sect), he still felt constrained to open a forum thread specifically in appreciation of Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai – presumably after reading a bit about him:

“I want to highlight his Walaa and Baraa, the sacrifices he’s gone through in life, and his love for the Deen of Allah. He is better than me and most people out there no doubt, and he is most certainly a billion times better than all those Salafis.

And of course, besides the insults, his legendary usage of the English language.

Before anybody starts neg-repping me, may I remind you the Mufti AS Desai is the one is in the middle of refuting me as we speak. Politely disagree with the premise of this thread, if you may.”

“Colonel Hardstone” from Muftisays.com

Muadh Khan from Muftisays.com, who dubs himself ‘Colonel Hardstone’, and is yet another self-appointed ‘Mujtahid’ prowling the internet day and night in the mould of Harris Hammam, vomiting out quarter-baked, error-ridden ‘researches’ for the willing consumption of his boot-licking, salivating audience, reports this from a brother:

“I met Hazrat Maulana AS a couple of weeks back. He is absolutely a Wali of this time. Where would you find a person in this age with plain clothings, I counted 4 or 5 patches on his clothing. his hair was extremely oiled as though he just took a shower. He reminded me of the ahadeeth about Nabi salallahu alayhi wasallam. He was more like bubbly, would talk in hyperness. Extremely witty. Walked with firmly grounding his foot. When he met Mufti XXX’s son the first thing he did was masnoon dua. In the entire time I spent in his company, I grew more and more closer to him. I felt being drawn to him like a magnet. His talk was none of the vocabulary of his writing, but simple English. At time he would explain something trivial but somehow the way he would speak would convince us.

He reminded me of no one but a Wali of Allah. Extremely Mutabi’ sunnah, and pleasant to be in company of. Firm on his stance.”

Here is a sample of flotsam disgorged by this self-appointed modernist “Mujtahid”:


An Interesting Incident With a Drunkard

A Sister relates an interesting incident:

“Okay, of course i’m going to relate an incident about Ml Ahmed Saadiq Desai of the majlis…..

A certain relative, living in port elizabeth close to ml desai told me this herself…. It was a freezing cold day and her husband went to see moulana for some work. She decided to wait outside moulanas home in the car, since they intended to go shopping thereafter.

Earlier that day her house doorbell rang, and there outside stood this dirty smelly drunkard. Because of the way this guy looked and he was obviously a bit drunk, they (her husband and her) didnt give him anything or even opon the door at all.

Now while she’s sitting in the car, she see’s this same man ringing moulana’s doorbell. Moulana comes and opens the door, asks the guy to take a seat on his doorstep and goes back indoors. After a few minutes he returns with sandwiches and a steaming mug of coffee and serves this drunkard himself. The man eats his fill and leaves happily.

My relative said after observing all this, she sat i the car fighting back tears because of the way this incident touched her and caused her to feel guilty about her own insensitivity. She and so many other neighbors like herself, did not bother to give this person a second look and probably even looked down upon him for being a drunkard on the streets, and yet moulana, in spite of being so busy, left all his work aside and made time to prepare a meal and himself serve him… (!)”

Wild Birds Who Visit His Yard

The same sister gives the following information regarding him:

“Ml desai is a senior khalifah of moulana maseehullah khan sahib (R.A). after completing his studies he was set to go to America and become a lawyer, he went to india for some reason and visted ML maseehullah R.A, who made a great impression on his life. Ml maseehullah (R.A) took an immense liking to him and asked him to stay on and do his aalim course… and ml stayed, completed his aalim course and got khillafat.

Ml is very strict on the shariah (who doesn’ know that!) and he is an extremely busy man, he does A LOT of deen work, runs thousands of maktabs and madaaris throughout the world, writes and translates loads of literature, has to reply to dozens of correspondence’s etc. Every day… and yet he finds time to personally cook a pot of food for the poor every morning and make it into sandwiches, the beggers of the town know ml’s home and come to fetch their sandwiches when they are hungry.

Forget the beggars, ml feeds the wild birds who visit his yard everyday and he has soo much of taqwa and concern for the creation that when he goes to Durban and Johannesburg (which he does regularly) he gives the responsibility of feeding the birds every morning to his neighbor so that when those birds who are accustomed to finding their food come, they do not leave his yard disappointed! Subhanallah! remember we not talking about a guy who has time to sit on his porch and count the stars, this is a man drowning in work!!!

Ml only sleeps 2 hours per night and spends the rest of the night in ibaadah, my friend told me that she saw the musallah which ml uses to perform nafl salaah on, and that musallah has been used soo much that there are literally HOLES by the feet, hands and forehead places on that musallah! Also ml fasts every day except twice a week for years, unless he is travelling or seriously unwell etc.

He lives extremely simple and is very humble, wears and patches his clothes until he can’t use them anymore. ML’s entire house is bare of all unnecessary furniture (including couches and kitchen units!) every single room in his house (except his bedroom) resembles a library, almost the entire house, including the passage, has shelves from ceiling to floor and is lined with kitaabs upon kitaabs. He generally walks to the masjid for salaah. Eid nights he remains awake the entire night in ibaadah and deeni work. Also ml is constantly conscience of death, an example is: someone asked him why do you travel by car when going to Durban and Johannesburg (a 10 – 12 hour journey by car) instead of taking a flight? He replied that he won’t do so becoz he wouldn’t like maut to find him whilst in the plane amongst the kuffaaar and their liquor and nudity etc. he rather take the long journey and be safe!

insha-ALLAH when i get more info on ml i will post…

Famous Criticism of the Transgressions of the Taliban:

A brother states regarding Hazrat Maulana’s famous condemnation of the trangressions of the Shariah committed by the Taliban:

“…it is important that while witnessing many of our own Ulama treading the path which Shaytaan led the Barelwis through, we do not react towards the other extreme and become duped by the very same Shaytaan into treading the path of the Salafis – Surah Fatihah is the greatest protection from being diverted to one of these two extremes.

Our Akaabir gave a very simple prescription for the kind of tasawwuf to be adopted when the majority of the ulama are charlatans, as is the case today: Until the Saalik finds a Shaykh (and they will always be around no matter how rare) who is unwaveringly uncompromising and firm on the Shar’iah, he must adopt patience and acquire the ‘Suhbat’ of the Auliyah by reading their accounts abundantly. Once the Saalik finds a true Shaykh, he should hold on to him like the most precious thing in his life.

Now, regarding Mufti Desai, if you have the means to visit him you should do so. Brother Ibrahim visited him recently and mentioned that he has never come across anyone like him, and that he brings to one’s mind, the stories from the Salaf. His works and writings testify that he really does not belong to this age and is a remnant from the past.

I have read enough from him to also believe that he is a man of tremendous baseerat and perhaps even kashf. Some of what he writes regarding the spiritual aspects of sins and good deeds are written as if he is directly witnessing them himself – the point you made is just one of many examples.

There are also innumerable examples that I can mention where he predicted events many years before they had materialised. More than 7 years ago when he was speaking about Iraq and the Azaab of the Allah (azza wa jal) that struck them due to their actions, he stated clearly that Syria would be next. He had also predicted, more or less, that an enemy power would displace the Talibaan, though only momentarily, as a result of their relaxations of the Shari’ah.

You will not find a Mufti, at least in the English-speaking world, who is more outspoken and prolific in his writings in expressing his support and love for the Talibaan whom he believes to be the closest in the world to Islamic teachings. Despite having mureeds involved there since the time of the Russian invasion, he was completely shocked when he went there and directly witnessed many of their transgressions.

In advising them privately and publically, he was desperately attempting to avert the punishment of Allah (azza wa jal) from descending upon them. The fact that his love for them did not deter him from speaking the Haqq speaks volumes. Within months of his Naseehat, Allah’s azaab did arrive in the form of America...”

Many Inspirational Talks But Little Long-Term Effects

“There are many scholars who are able to give the most inspiring speeches in which the whole audience is captivated and left buzzing for hours afterwards, brimming fully with jazba, ready to change the whole world. However, within a few hours of the talk, all that jazba dissipates away and changing just one’s own habit of sleeping through tahajjud and fajr time becomes an insurmountable task. On the other hand, there are Auliyah (friends of Allah) who hardly speak, but the few words that come from their pure heart, create a life-long effect on countless people. 

I never really understood this concept until I started reading the writings of Mufti A. S. Desai (Damat Barakatuhum). Despite the fact that he is alone in some of his opinions, and I have still yet to come to terms with the tone and style of his writings, he has had quite an effect on me personally. One example is Mufti Saheb’s stance against fizzy drinks. Ever since I read just the introduction of his book on fizzy drinks (I left the rest for later which I haven’t come round to finishing yet), probably more than five years ago, I haven’t drank a drop of fizzy drink. 

The strangest thing has been that, even though all my favourite drinks were fizzy, this abstention has not been difficult at all and I can’t really recall having to do any mujaahadah at all in all these years, even when I’ve been extremely thirsty and the only drink in front of me was my favourite one. 

I’m convinced that Mufti Saheb is a Wali of Allah.” 

A Glimpse into His Daily Schedule

“A brother who recently visited Hazrat told me that Hazrat replies to over a hundred letters daily in addition to writing books and literature continuously. The brother also confirmed that Hazrat only sleeps 2hrs, and whenever he sleeps 2hrs and 30minutes, he laments the fact that he had overslept. Other than his night-long vigil in ibaadah and salaat, Hazrat reads at least 10 Juz from the mushaf daily.

Time and Place is in the control of Allah (azza wa jal), and He (azza wa jal) grants Barakah in Time for the Auliyah.” 

Some of the Works he is involved in:

A mureed states:

“Moulana is a 72 year old,South African(3rd generation iirc) aalim who is a senior khalifah of Ml.Maseehullah Khan Sherwani(r.a.).Moulana gained his initial prominance due to Ml.Maseehullah(r.a.) fondness of him. Moulana was one of the most hard working students in the madressah, completed his studies and was given Ijazah in a very short period of time. Moulana has been involved in various branches of deen. Moulana is a sheikh of tasawwuf,was/is involved in the ta’leem of children,maktab and other levels iirc, also through his awake magazine and al-haq,al-majlis and other publications. Moulana has compiled plenty of books on different speres of deen, including fatawa, tasawwuf, ibadat, responses to baatil, fiqh, aqeedah and many more.

Moulana was also involved in jihad, running jihad camps in the mountains of the Eastern Cape province of South Africa,and he had links to several of the afghan mujahideen. I am not sure if he spent time in afghanistan just as an observer or if he was active in the actual jihad against the soviets. Moulana is a vocifirous votary of the caucus mujahideen. Moulana also runs a humanitarian organisation known as SOSH/servants of suffering humanity. Moulana also runs an extensive project which is known as the maktab project. It is run in many countries, primarily in bangladesh and impoverished muslim communities that have little deen and where christian missioneries are active. In 1999, there were 600 maktab madrasahs run by moulana. I don’t know about the present situation.

It was during one of moulanas visits to the madrasahs in bangladesh that Moulana was arrested and imprisoned in Bangladesh by the CID of Bangladesh and the CIA. Moulana was improsened for 6 months without being formally charged and he was stuck in Bangladesh for another 6 months as his passport was confiscated. During Moulanas detention, he was continously interrogated for 29 days by CID,during which sleep depravation e.t.c. were employed. He was thereafter interrogated by the CIA.During the CIA interrogations he was taken to an elite suburb of Dakha. Amongst the things he was accused of were: Financing al-qaida and Usama Bin Laden; Owning diamond mines with Usama; funding jihad throughn his ‘diamond mines’; conspiring to overthrow the bangali government, assasinating intellectuals, secularists, senior millitary officials e.t.c.; Being part of Usama’s command structure; establishing 421 jihad training units in Bangladesh e.t.c..During Ml. imprisonment, he had the full support of the S.A. govt. and the embassy in Delhi. Embassy officials were sent to report on his well-being and to liase with his legal team and inspect his madrasahs.

Moulana gained a lot of stick during the late 90’s from other deobandis. Moulana was involved in a controversy.He was part of a fact finding mission(of his organisation) to afghanistan. His report on the taliban was critical.He was critical of their ‘wastage of food’, misappropriation of funds, tolerance of bid’ah, acceptance of bay’ah of the shiahs, allowing televisions to be transported through afghanistan,’forsaking the salafi mujahideen on the pretext of them being salafi’ e.t.c. However, in 2000/2001 iirc, when the taliban ‘corrected’ some of these issues he praised them. Moulana has travel restrictions placed on him.

Moulana is very strict in his fatawa and very harsh in his language. It is not appropriate for laymen to desrespect ulama/certain ulama on the basis of his writings. May Allah unite the ulama on haq.

German Revert Sister Who Was Formerly a Fascist Nazi

A revert Sister from Germany states after reading the comments above:

I can only confirm the above, even though we never had the chance to meet our hadhrat wala, but he has been to us like father, guiding us  toward the haqq with firmness and love at the same time. He is a very concerned Muslim and Aalim of the highest degree. The kind you read about in the books of the elders of Deoband.. May allah Ta’ala always protect him, his family, his followers and never let him stray..Ameen



Some miserable and unfortunate souls have been responsible for fabricating and propagating some vile slanders against Hazrat Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai (Damat Barakatuhum). The terrible weight of sin for such slanders will not only have to be borne by the wretched fabricators, but also by all those who have contributed in propagating the slanderous message and other similar slanders that are invariably directed at those who proclaim loud and clearly the bitter Haqq.

One aspect of those slanders, Hazrat Shaykh Maseehullah Khan’s (rahmatullahi alayh) supposed and alleged negative regard for his own Khalifah (i.e. Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai), will be thoroughly dismantled here.

Shaykh Maseehullah Khan’s uniquely high regard for his Khalifah, Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai, the only one to have been granted Khilaafat while still a student, can easily be verified by the innumerable associates of Shaykh Maseehullah who are still alive today, including students, mureeds, and Khulafaa. Shaykh Maseehullah Khan was a Wali of immense spiritual foresight. He once mentioned that Maulana A S Desai will do the work of a hundred Aalims. On another occasion, in response to complaints regarding Maulana A S Desai’s firm and unwavering acquittal of Amr bil Ma’roof wa Nahy anil Munkar, Shaykh Maseehullah responded that though people were complaining at that time, in 50 years’ time people will be crying and making Du’aa for him. In another Majlis, Shaykh Maseehullah Khan actually took hold of Maulana A S Desai’s hand and took bay’t from him. When Maulana A S Desai completed his course at Jalalabad and the time arrived for his return to South Africa, Shaykh Maseehullah Khan and all the Ustadhs of the Madrasah escorted him to the bus stand to bid him farewell. 

Many other incidents witnessed directly and reported by Shaykh Maseehullah’s students, mureeds, Khulafaa, and other associates, demonstrate the immense regard and esteem in which Shaykh Maseehullah and all the Ustadhs of the Madrasah would hold their student, Maulana A S Desai.

In response to the vile slanders, the following message was recently issued by the Jamiatul Ulama Guateng, who are run by Ulama who were close to Shaykh Maseehullah Khan, such as Mufti Hashim Boda who himself was also granted Khilaafat, and graduated from his Shaykh’s Madrasah in Jalalabad. The information contained in the message below from those who had such close and long-standing association with Shaykh Maseehullah Khan to have gained extensive first-hand knowledge of his views, simply affirms the high Ilmi and spiritual status of Maulana A S Desai and exposes the falsity and villainy of the slanders directed at him.

Other similar lies fabricated by self-styled internet “Mujtahids”, aimed purely at discrediting Maulana A S Desai, and stemming mainly from the invariably violently allergic reactions their Nufoos (base desires) exhibit towards the Haqq, will be exposed in a future post insha-Allah.


Yaa Kath-thaab!

O You The Monstrous Liar!

1. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you just 40 hours before the demise of Hazratji (Hadhrat Maulana Maseehullah) Rahmatullahi alayh when Hazrat in his final hours in this earthly sojourn exhorted two South African students to study and emulate Maulana AS DESAI!!!

2. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you in the final days of Hazratji’s life on earth when he ratified his Khulafa List and the name of Maulana AS DESAI was preserved till eternity as Khalifah Mujaaz-e-Bai’t of Hazratji!!!

3. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when in 1990 Hazratji fell so ill, that all Majaalis had come to a standstill? Then Maulana AS DESAI came and never were the likes of such Majaalis seen – official Majlises 3 times a day; after Fajr, mornings and after Asr!!!

4. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Hazratji dedicated the Majlis Mujaahadah Thaaniyah to Maulana AS DESAI calling his name almost a dozen times in the Majlis and devoting his attention to Maulana AS DESAI!!!

5. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Hazratji said in an open Majlis that there was never such a diligent student like Maulana AS DESAI in Jalalabad and never will there be one like him!!!

6. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Hazratji took Maulana AS DESAI’s hand and took bai’t from him!!!

7. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Hazratji told a chap of your ilk complaining about the Fatwas of haraam and saying that he is going to make the water also haraam, “Never was there a student like him. And even if he says that the water is haraam then stop drinking the water.”!!!

8. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Hazratji said that Maulana AS DESAI will do the work of 100 Aalims!!!

9. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Hazratji and all Ustaads of the Madrasah escorted Maulana AS DESAI to the bus stand and bid him farewell after he completed his course!!! Was such a privilege shown to any other student in Jalalabad!!!

10. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Maulana AS DESAI completed his studies in Jalalabad and then wished to proceed to Darul Uloom Deoband as there was no post-graduate studies at that time in Jalalabad!!! What did Hazratji do? He instructed Allaamah Rafeeq Saheb the top Ustaad in Jalalabad to teach Dorah Tafseer to Maulana AS DESAI. Which student had that honour!!!

11.O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when the great Allaamah Rafeeq Saheb Shaikhul Hadith of Jalalabad actually stood up for the student, AS DESAI!!!!

12. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Maulana AS Desai told Hazratji that people were calling him harsh, Hazratji responded: “Be stern and harsh on them.”

13. O You The Monstrous Liar! Where were you when Hazratji said that people are complaining now, but in 50 years’ time they will be crying and making Du’aa for him!!!

14. O You The Monstrous Liar! On the Day of Qiyaamah, the Truth of the Saadiqeen will avail them and the Lies of the Kaathibeen will destroy them!!!

Salaam to those who follow guidance.

25 Sha’baan 1438

21 May 2017

[Jamiatul Ulama Guateng]

Original document issued by Jamiatul Ulama Gauteng is here:


See Also:

Be Gentle Or Harsh – But Do Not Fail to Condemn Evil

Why is the Majlis so Harsh and ‘Extreme’ Towards Deviations and Deviants?

53 thoughts on “Who is Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai (Damat Barakatuhum)?

  1. zizo

    Moulana is not 72 but 75 years of age. He was the first student ever that obtained khilaafat whilst studying and not like others that obtain khilaafat after qualifying.

    Hazrat Maseehullah said that never was there a student of Moulan A.S.Desais type in his madrassa and there will never ever be one.

    was salaam

  2. Faisal Ally

    Asalaamualaikum respected brothers and sisters in Islam.

    Alhamdulillah. I like to consider myself to be fortunate in that respected Moulana AS visited me at my home. I am in contact with respected Moulana daily and take benefit from him almost daily. Respected Moulana guides me and has benefited me greatly as well as my family. My only regret is not being able to see or stand outside the door of respected Moulana and take direct lessons from him. I wish there were more Ulama of this calibre in this age of corruption and disgust. May Allāh keep Sheikh safe and may we continue to benefit from him. Was-Salām. Faisal (student)

    1. Yaqub

      Where does Mawulana (db) teach and how can one contact him? May Allah keep him safe and keep him upon haqq

  3. Yusuf ibn Aiyyoub

    Assalaamualaikum, I never met Hazrat Maulana DB but met his Shaykh in 1986 in Jalalabad.
    Reading Maulanas writing on this site or blog and earlier on Majlis site I am overwhelmed by love for him. What will happen to the world when Maulana will leave us? May Allah ncrease his life and enhance and strengthen his deputies.

  4. Ibraheem

    Allahu Akbar! By means of him Allah is separating Haqq from Baatil. Who else today is causing so much grief amongst the Ahle Baatil? This is the “fitnah” he is causing.

  5. hassan sulaiman

    as salaamu alaikum
    may Allah the most high make us all like our sheikh, ameen.
    was salaam

          1. hassan sulaiman

            as salaamu alaikum
            still waiting for the contact. smile. are you sheikh hashim the american in karachi that taught at dr. amjad’s madrassah?
            was salaam

          2. Hashim

            Walaikum asalam,
            My email will be coming your way shortly,insha’Allah.
            I am not a Shaykh or an Aalim , just an ordinary Pakistani Muslim.

  6. Hashim

    Maulana Ahmad Sadeq Desai(damat barakatuhum) is undoubtedly an Aalim of the Haqq.Slandering an ordinary Muslim has severe consequences in the Akhirah , let alone an Aalim of such a high rank.Those who spread such lies should fear the Azaab of Allah Ta’ala.

  7. Yaseen

    May Almighty Allah grant Hazrat Moulana A.S Desai long life so we may benefit further inshallah .

  8. brooklynyte4ever


    May allah reward you for posting this
    great and much needed article on our beloved Moulana A.S Desai
    (Damat barakatuhum). May Allah expose and humiliate these haters and slanderers especially that one particular U.K “Narcissist” shaitan from the muftisays forum and his boot-licking “narcissist supply” co-conspirators who make it their sworn duty to attack the great personality of Moulana A.S. Desai. These liars attack the academic
    Credentials of a high ranking deobandi scholar and like hypocrites they want to show everyone that they are defenders of deoband and its ulama. May Allah expose the narcissist U.K shaitan slanderer and the rest of his cryptos who try to beguile muslims from the haqq.
    Ameen, thumma Ameen!

    1. Anon1

      Assalam u alaikum

      Respected brother, please fear Allah before calling people “hypocrites” and “shaytan”. Fear Allah before cursing your Muslim brothers. Please fear Allah.

      1. brooklynyte4ever


        Before judging my words , first do some research And see for your self why some one like myself would
        Use these harsh words because it’s needed and justified.

        The muftisays bunch have nothing better to do but to attack and insult a great deobandi alim of high academic caliber and then go on pretending to
        Defend the Deoband akabireen minus Hazrat Moulana
        A.S. Desai ( DB ).

        It doesn’t matter what they say because they are not real alims but a bunch of lay upstarts dishing out
        Out quarter baked fatwas for the ignorant masses of good Sincere Muslims.

        No insult to you but, you need to know why. They even banned Majlis articles completely From their website and even block others from posting
        Majlis materials.

        Yes, they are hypocrites and shaytans, not all of them but the admins and some wanna be Alims who Only know how to copy and past articles, thanks to the smartphone.

        May Allah guide them or may he expose them all. Ameen

        1. Anon1

          Assalam u alaikum warahmatullah

          Respected brother,

          I know who you’re talking about and I know that brother himself is very harsh. I know he starts fighting over trivial matters but still I have a lot of respect for him because of the work he is doing for the Ummah.

          Having said that, I see why it seems “needed and justified” to you. You are getting emotional because of the love of Mufti A.S. Desai Sahab HA, but believe me brother, calling someone a hypocrite is no small thing. We don’t know maybe Allah SWT loves that brother and he already has forgiven him for all his misdeeds. Imagine if Allah SWT asks us on the day of judgment, to prove that those brothers were hypocrites.. Just imagine we will be left with nothing! May Allah SWT save us all from the disgrace of that day. Ameen

          Respected brother, you’ve even included admin of Muftisays in this list of hypocrites and shaytan (Astaghfirullah) he is an alim. I’m sincerely advising you to retract your words and maybe even apologies to them inshaAllah.. Coz we only have to work and focus on our akhirah. May Allah bless you.


          1. 'abd

            Haqque will be Haqque no matter what..!
            It’s completely independent of time & space. It doesn’t in the least bit effect the Haqque if someone accepts it or reject it. But those accepting it will be the fortunate ones & those rejecting it will be the wretched ones. So let us ourselves be steadfast on Haqque & strive to keep ourselves amongst the fortunate ones along with du’aas for everyone else instead of wasting precious time in discussions. Because in the end its,
            Innaka laa tahdi man ahbabta walaakinn-ALLAAHA Yahdi many-yashaa-a…

            May ALLAAH Ta’aalaa keep us all unitedly steadfast on Haqque in this dunyaa & re-unite all for the Vision of Haqque in Jannah..aameen

          2. Masum Ahmed

            Hazrat Maulana in one article on this website mentioned that when a father indulges in evil it is inapppropriate for the son to use inappropriate language to the father (to rectify him). When the son is the evil doer than the father can use harsh words. I think this is what he meant and please do correct me if I am wrong. A senior pious Aalim e Deen is like a father to the Sinister junior Ulama who are halalizing haraam. In this sense after tenderized private counseling fails and they reject their spiritual father. Than the father takes out the whip. No the sword. The ink of a scholar is holier than the blood of a martyr. He uses harsh words to cutt the cancer off the miscreant children whom he looks at with a deep affection for their well being.

            And for us laymen to harshly condemn the vice of the Ulama e soo with name calling is the example where we are the child and they the Ulama e soo are the father who happens to be an alcoholic womanizer.

            Please correct me if I am wrong. This is what I have understood from reading the article.

      2. Murtaza

        Someone who slander a person of calibre of Mufti Ahmed Sadeq Desai must be a hypocrite. Do you agree slander of anyone is evil, let alone one of most pious Muftis still around?

        1. Brooklynyte4ever

          Ameen my brother. I agree, To slander a Muslim is bad enough but to slander a great alim of Ilm-e-deen and Taqwa is far worse. Definitely a sign of hypocrisy on the part of the slanderer when they know with certainty that Moulana A.S. Desai’s spiritual tree links directly back to Rasulullah ( sallalahu alaihi wa sallam ).

          The nerve of these crooks who go to the lowest ebb

          To beguile sincere Muslims by scarring them away from ULAMA E Haque by branding them as HAZRAT WORSHIPPERS if they listen to Moulana A.S.D

          Allah save us all from these beguiling Miscreants .

          1. Masum Ahmed

            Respected brooklynyte4ever,
            General advice for all of us. If it means us becoming angry by visiting all those headquarters which attempt to derail the noble mission of our honorable Hazrat, than by all means we should abstain from going to these places. Hazrat Maulana Rumi rahimahullah said that The art of knowing is knowing what to ignore which stems from the Mubarak Hadith of Nabi Sallallahu Alaihi wa sallam. From the beauty of a mans religion is that he leaves that which does not concern himself. Some one asked Hazrat raabiah rahimahullah, do you have animosity for shaitaan? She replied My friendship with Rahman does not afford me time to have animosity for shaitaan. The focus directed on loving Hazrat Maulana will not allow us to waste our time with those attempting to sidetrack the Haqq. The focus should be positive and not leave room for any negative. Allah and the Truth will always Triumph.

          2. brooklynyte4ever

            Walaikumusalam dear brother masum ahmed
            You’re my brother, make duwa that for this sinner.

          3. Masum Ahmed

            Lastly if we focus on Allah and depend on Him alone this will automatically uproot the plot of baatil. It is also a snare of iblees that he keeps us concerned about evil people and how they are misleading the genuine searchers of Truth.

            Once again it is Allahs duty to take his sincere searcher out from darkness into light. It takes courage for us to ascertain wether our bashing is being done out of pride or genuine affectionate concern. In most cases for men of lesser learning these negativities stem from a selfish motive like pride or insincerity etc etc.

            The Auliya leave many permissible actions from falling into doubtful things. So let us at least stay away from the doubtful. The believers conscious is a beautiful guide. You your self are sufficient for your own accountability.

            Nabi sallallahu alaihi wa sallam said the fear of Allah is the root of all wisdom. Wisdom pertains to making healthy worldly and spiritual decisions. The one fearing Allah always chooses the greater good for him. The fear of Allah is the root of all virtue. Adopt the fear of Allah and let your heart be the guide.

            May Allah grant any me the ability to practice first and foremost.

          4. Masum Ahmed

            My apologies for writing too many posts but it’s deeni material hence is beneficial. The fear of Allah is such that it makes one search for knowledge of deen internal and external and further involves us in the pursuit of applying these knowledges into action. True remembrance of Allah is full pledged obedience.

            The rule is that if we strive to keep our Master happy than He goes on utilizing the creation to keep us always happy thru thick and thin. The key thing is we don’t have to be perfect. The concern in us will propel us to go in the right direction.

            This is where we differ from the non Muslims. There’s a difference between existing and truly living as one brother told me. The question arises To be or not to be? We are left to choose to accept life or death.

            Hazrat Hakeem Akhtar Sahib rahimahullah said

            They found the storm even on the shore while we found the shore despite being in the storm.

            Another similar saying goes,

            Some suffer adversity despite their apparent prosperity while others enjoy prosperity despite being engulfed by adversity.

  9. Zubair

    Assalamu alaikum

    All you wonderful peoples keep me in your duas. I know that the fact that you all love hazrat maulana so much it’s most likely due to the purity of your hearts. Or else why else would allah taala fill it with that of Maulanas love.

    I hope I make sense and am not saying anything wrong.

    Jazakallah for reading this comment.

    1. Hashim

      My brother , it is your good perspective that a sinful person like myself appears to have a pure heart to you.The reality is that Hazrat Maulana’s dedication , firmness and services for the Deen are immense and that is why I automatically developed a huge love and respect for him.

  10. Zubair

    My dear Hazrat mufti sahib. Not to show off but I am a great zaahiri baatini sinner. I read an article on your website that gave me a prescription and some more hope on my pitiful state.

    Will it suffice for me to excessively think and discuss death and the evils of the world to ensure I start practicing on abstention from sins and start practicing good?

    Will this mind set eventually give me the inclination for mujaahadah against the lowly nafs? There by being graced to be the definition of a mujaahid by Nabi sallallahu alaihi wa sallam?

    I’ll be honest it’s been a very long time that I have been contemplating reflecting discussing the qabr anything pertaining to it and the evils of the world. Aside from being graced with a deeni mindset I still haven’t had the courage to start abandoning my sins and start doing good.

    As of now I don’t know what to do and its apparent I do want to be like all you pious people of the ummat. It seems like I am the only one falling behind while others are reaching Allah.

  11. Aabid

    Keep doing whatever you think is bringing closer to Allah, halaal of course.

    Keep fighting yourself even if small

    Remember, you walk to Allah, He Subhanahu WaTaAala RUNS to you. Start walking even small , I promise, Allah will bring you close to Him.

    Sins that make one humble are better then good deeds that make one full of “” am ill that””.

  12. Abdul Kader choughley

    Assalamu alaikum
    A sufi tariqah claims that their shaykh is a qayyum az zaman.i had eased it seniors to clarify their description of their shaykh’s.
    No response.
    Please explain the shari ruling on this issue

  13. Abdullah

    Alhamdulillah I realized something. This in no way justifies a sinners sins it only consoles him and helps give him courage to help abandon sinning excessively.

    It’s mentioned in shariat and tasawwuf that the essence of taubah is the pang of regret that arises due to reflection over the consequences of one’s sins.

    There is zaid for example he is extremely sinful and cannot give up his ways but he follows up every sinful moment with a guilty concious. Is this not the case that the person sins and is imeadiately forgiven due to feeling grief in the heart? And another really nice thing about Allah taala is that when he forgives he turns evil into good. If zaid simply reflects on Allahs mercy being so wide and all embracing this will induce zaid to slowly but surely realize his love for Allah taala.

    Maulana thanvi r.a. said something to the effect when the love for Allah is grounded than its easier to give up something for His sake e.g. sins.

    If zaid dies as a sinner it will be recognized that he wanted Allahs love and inshaAllah he will be with good doers. And if he lives and abandons his life of futility and sin than than too he is successful.

    If I am making error please correct me.


  14. MHS

    Asalamualaykum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,

    Can anyone tell me the name of the Masjid that Hadrhat attends daily? I long to meet him. He told me to just write because its expensive to travel to South Africa.

    I just want to at least see on google maps the place he prays. A true inheritor of Nabi Sallahu alayhi wa sallam. I cry often thinking about what will happen if he is not with us. I pray Allah keep his shadow over us for long. I still respect all the people he speaks out against, but I avoid them and if someone asks and I know he will listen then i tell them to avoid as well.
    People say a person has to be on a certain level to read his stuff. The thing is a person needs to learn to think he is lower then everyone anyways and he will never have a problem reading Hadrhats works.

    The people in the comment sections are from all over the world. I used to make this duaa very often Oh Allah show me the truth and let me follow the truth and show me falsehood and let me refrain from falsehood.

    I know that Hadrhat is the manifestation of that duaa for me. May Allah always keep him and us on the straight path. May Allah increase Hadrhat. May Allah let our love reach Hadrhat and give him strength to continue the way he does his work.

    1. admin Post author

      Assalamualaykum dear respected brother.

      A brother, on reading your comment, texted me the following messages:

      The name of the musjid is musjidul fuqara

      It’s in malabar, Port Elizabeth

      Port Elizabeth

      May Allah TaAla bless him and accept his duas

      The musjid is on selago crescent if I remember correctly

      1. Aashiq e Saadiq

        As salaamu alaykum warahmatullaahi wabarakaatuh to all , Maasha Allah it truly inspires me to see such love for Hazrat Molana Ahmad Saadiq Desai sahib , Molana is truly an embodiment of the sunnah and in my opinion the most senior aalim in Southern Africa . Intellectually and in age alhumdulilla .A few incidents narrated to.me by one of his saathies in darul uloom jalalabad I will mention and I heard this directly from his saathi , it was holiday season and the students from south africa could not afford to just jump on the ship and come home for the holidays so they ised to stay in India over the holidays and visit relatives etc .On one occasion molana and his friend were invited to a home for meals and there was a muslim politician also there and upon meeting him molana who was still a student at the time asked the politician straight out why was he wearing his trouser below the ankles to which he replied that he works in that type of environment with all non muslim politicians etc so molana asked him this : are you a muslim first or a politician first ? His saathie was embarrassed and nudged him etc but.molana was firm and his concern was only adherence to sunnah Subhaanalla . There are so.many other incidents that my own grandmother had mentioned to me since she raised hazrat molana ahmad sadiq , his mother passed away when he was young and his father remarried but insha Allah in the future if time and life permits I will try and narrate .

  15. Taalib ul Ilm

    Assalamu Alaykum,

    We have been fortunate to associate and benefit from this Venerable Mufti A. S. Desai Saheb hafizahullah for over almost forty years now.

    During early 1980’s he used to reply to every query with a ‘typed’ letter and send to us ‘The Majlis’ and English Kitaabs from South Africa, free of charge, when there were no Islamic Bookstores in the UK.

    Of the many outstanding treatise he has penned, two pieces of epic writing come to mind at the moment; first his article on benefitting from the Blessed Month of Ramadhaan (c mid 1980’s) and the second, in our humble opinion, which must rank as one of the greatest letters ever written by a Muslim Scholar to a Non-muslim despot, in this instance, to President G W Bush Senior, when he launched the murderous Allied campaign on Iraq.

    Within a short while of this letter, Bush was out of office & relegated to a wheelchair…immediately upon reading this moving letter, one was convinced his days were numbered. Only a pious sincere Alim could have written such a letter with such authority.

    Hadhrat Mufti Saheb’s dedication, sincerity, insight, compassion, conduct and selfless service to Deen and creation truly is a reflection of his Asaatizah’s alayhi rahma and their du’a.

    He, like our Aslaf before, has inscribed and practiced a standard of conduct and service, which all Scholar’s should aspire to.

    We were advised by a very pious scholar over 35 yrs ago to associate with this Venerable Mufti Saheb and read his publications after the demise of our Shaykh Hadhrat Mawlana Maseehullah Khan Saheb alayhi rahma.

    One can only salute, acknowledge and make du’a for such an inheritor of our Nabee sallallahu alayhi wasallam.

    Finally, if this Venerable Mufti Saheb is to be judged as ‘harsh, extreme and unreasonable,’ how will these critics describe the edicts of the Khulafah Raashideen/Sahabah radhiyallahu anhum; Tabieen/Taba Tabieen/Aimma Mujtahideen/Mujjadids/Aslaf rahmatullahi alayh?

    Was salam

    1. MHS


      Could you direct us to a link of these 2 works. I would love to read either one.

      JazakAllah Khair

    2. عبد

      Dear Brother if you can please share the article of Hadhrat (‘ammat fuyoodhuhum) “benefitting from the Blessed Month of Ramadhaan”, it will be very much beneficial as we are approaching Ramadhaan 1439 & we can all benefit from it in-shaa-ALLAAH…
      And also the letter of Hadhrat (‘ammat fuyoodhuhum) written to bush senior.
      Last but not the least regarding the criticism of the critics leave it for themselves…

    3. Ubaid

      Assalamualaikum Taalibul Ilm,

      It would be greatly appreciated if you could kindly share with us the article on Ramadhan that you mentioned Hazrat Molana had written.

      My email address is ubaid221@hotmail.com.

      Jazaakallah khairan

  16. Taalib ul Ilm

    Assalamu Alaykum,
    The Ramadhaan Article appeared in an edition of ‘The Majlis’ just before Ramadhaan around 1988.
    The letter to President G W Bush Snr appeared in the 1991 Edition oif ‘Awake’ and was published by YMMA
    If we are able to relocate these articles, will Insha’Allah forward or upload.

    Was salam

  17. Essa Khan

    Assalamu Alaykum,

    Alhamdullilah for this blessed site.

    My dear brothers how many aalims does mujlisul ulama consist of?

    Are there any ulama-e-haq in the UK?




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