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Obituary – Moulana Taha Karaan (Rahimahullah)
 
The Ummah mourns the loss of yet another great scholar of Islam, Moulana Muhammad Taha Karaan (Rahimahullah), a renowned Shafi’i scholar from Cape Town, South Africa.
 
His father, Moulana Yusuf Karaan (Rahimahullah), was one of the oldest and most distinguished Islamic scholars in the Cape as well. 
 
Moulana Taha completed his Qur’anic memorization in one year at the Waterfall Islamic Institute (Mia’s Farm), the oldest Islamic seminary in South Africa. During his stay, he assisted in the editing of the Qur’anic prints that the Institute has become famous for the world over. After finishing four years of the Aalim course in two years, he journeyed to the Indian sub-continent and attended Darul Uloom Deoband, graduating from there in 1991 with the highest of distinctions – as did his father – in a class of over 700 students.
 
He then travelled to the Middle East and completed a two-year graduate diploma at the Higher Institute for Islamic Studies in Cairo, Egypt.
 
He was a scholar renowned for his encyclopaedic knowledge, amazing memory, and research on various contemporary issues.
 
Together with serving in the Fatwa Department of the MJC he was also the principal of Darul Uloom Al-‘Arabiyyah Al-Islamiyyah in Strand, Cape Town.
 
Worthy of note were his tireless effort in educating the ummah with regards to the threat of Shi'ism and defending the honour of the Ahlul Bayt and Sahabah Radiyallahu anhum. He founded the Mahajjah Institute (mahajjah.com) with a special focus on academically responding to the false allegations of the Shia and protecting the Imaan of the masses.
 
His students describe him as divinely-gifted with encyclopaedic knowledge; possessed of a near-photographic memory; an insatiable bibliophile within the Islamic sciences and beyond; a teacher that never ceased to inspire; endowed with an elegant calligraphic hand and a penchant for poetry; thoroughly unassuming, pleasant, brilliant and tender-hearted.
 
May Allah Ta’ala bless his family with sabr e jameel and ajar e azeem for this great loss, Ameen.
 
May Allah Ta'ala accept all of Moulana's efforts and grant him the highest stages in Jannatul Firdous with his Mashaaikh, Asatizah and those whom Allah Ta'ala has favoured among the Ambiyaa (عليهم السلام), the Siddeeqeen, the Shuhadaa and the Saaliheen, Aameen.

 

Jamiatul Ulama (KZN)
Council of Muslim Theologians

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