About Moulana Yusuf Desai

Birth and Lineage

Maulana was born on 23rd Rabiul Awwal 1400 corresponding to the 10th of February 1980 in Cape Town. Maulanas maternal grandmother was a Catholic teacher who accepted Islam. Her father was a white British journalist who married a black woman from the Khoisan tribe.

His maternal grandfather was a businessman from Kwazulu Natal whose mother was a Pathan woman from Kabul.

Maulanas paternal grandfather, the late Ismail Hajee Desai was a businessman who was Bay’ah to Hakeemul Ummah Ml Ashraf Ali Thanwi r.a. and a close friend and of Munshi Saheb r.a. His paternal grandmother was from the Kajee family.

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