2011 Khanqah Ashrafia Akhtaria, Durban, South Africa .          

Moulana used to take many students up to Mia’s farm with Chota Mota (Haji Shabier Ahmed) rahimahullah to study Hifz and the Aalim course, laying the foundation of generations of Ulama and Huffaaz who served Islam in South Africa. Moulana was also involved in the discussions when the first Darul Uloom in South Africa in Newcastle was set up.


After four years, around 1973, Moulana moved to Durban and was instrumental in establishing the first offices of the Jamiatul Ulama Natal. For many years Moulana served the community under the Jamiat, later becoming the secretary general and president. At the Jamiat, Moulana was at the forefront of establishing and laying the foundation of the different activities of community service, including the supervision of Halaal and the setting up of an Ifta department. In fact, Mufti Ebrahim Desai, a senior Mufti whose Fatwas number in the thousands and are followed around the world, states that his taking up of the post initially at the Jamiatul Ulama in 1993 was at the encouragement of Moulana Yunus Patel rahimahullah.


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The passing away of Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel rahimahullah in the precincts of the Ka’bah in Makkah Mukarramah on 12 July 2011 heralds the closing of a unique chapter in the history of Islam in South Africa. An Aalim who had a hand in most of the different works of Islam in the country at some point or the other, Moulana Yunus Patel rahimahullah is acknowledged by Muslims across the spectrum in South Africa as a great personality.


This write-up merely serves to highlight a few aspects from his life and cannot do justice to the many facets of half a century of unparalleled service to Islam. There could be mistakes in the facts written here and ask that any corrections be forwarded to us. Many facts are missing and will be made public as and when they come to light. Moulana was born in 1946 in Stanger, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. He did his primary schooling and, in 1962 as a youngster he volunteered to be in the first Tabligh Jamaat with Haji Bhai Padia rahimahullah in Grey Street Musjid, Durban. He used to go in the initial Tabligh Jamaats that used to work in South Africa.

Moulana used to also go with his uncle, Chota Mota Desai rahimahullah, the author of Taleemul Haq, to the indigenous areas and Moulana recounts that numerous people accepted Islam at their hands.

In the early 1960’s Moulana went to Darul Uloom Deoband in India as one of the early group of youth from South Africa, to study the Aalim course. Moulana was an outstanding student and also a confidante of many of his illustrious teachers.

On returning to South Africa around 1969, Moulana served the community of Mooiriver as Imam and teacher. He went there despite being offered more lucrative posts in Transvaal because there was not a single Aalim between Pietermaritzburg and Newcastle. Moulana recounted to us how he used to hitchhike with his wife and baby from Mooiriver to Stanger to visit his parents. He lived in a tin shanty home in Mooiriver. The notes on Fiqh that he made while there formed the basis of the famous manual of Islam for Maktabs, the Taleemul Haq.

During the famous Qadiani Dispute in Cape Town in the early 1980’s, Moulana was part of the team of expert Ulama who prepared the required expert evidence required in the court case to defend the Prophet sallallahu alaihi

wa sallam and Ahlus Sunnah wal Jamaah.

Moulana established the first girls’ Madresa in Asherville, Durban in 1982. It is now a flourishing institute. Moulana served as the Imam of Musjidun Noor in Asherville, Durban for many years until his demise. In recent years, Moulana strove for the unity of the Ulama and went out of his way to harmonize relations between them.

Moulana is the author of several books and his lectures and writings are available on his website. He traveled to many countries like USA, UK, France, Mauritius, Reunion, Kenya, Bangladesh, Saudi Arabia and southern Africa, as well as around South Africa, preaching Islam.


He also had regular programs on local Muslim radio stations like Radio Al Ansaar, Channel Islam International and Radio Islam International. Through this and audio streaming from his website, Moulana touched the lives of thousands of people locally and internationally. Moulana was granted Khilafah in spiritual reformation from Mufti Mahmoodul Hassan Gangohi rahimahullah and Moulana Hakeem Muhammad Akhtar. The last decade of Moulana’s life saw an emphasis of spiritual reformation of the community and hundreds of people became his adherents.

About Hazrat Moulana Yunus Patel Rahimahullah

Hazrat Moulana Muhammed Yunus Patel -  Khalifa of Arif Billa
Hazrat Moulana Hakeem Muhammed Akhtar Saheb (RA)