Darul Iftaa Chicago is under the supervision of Mufti Abrar Mirza, who has been active in the field of research and writing for a decade under the guidance of Mufti Ebrahim Desai (Durban, South Africa). Mufti Abrar is broadly recognized amongst the ulama as a leader in the field of fatwas.
Mufti Abrar began his Arabic and Islamic Studies at Benedictine University (Lisle, IL) while enrolled in a degree program in Information Systems. Simultaneously, he began formal studies at Darul Qasim, an accelerated adult learning institute in Glen Ellyn, IL. He later enrolled in a summer Arabic program at the Ma’had Ta’lim al-Islam in Elgin, IL, upon which he decided to continue his studies in the religious sciences and helped form the first batch of graduate students from the ‘Alim program. He thus had the good fortune to study under recognized scholars, including the renowned commentator of the Quran and former Shaykh al-Hadith of the Dar al-‘Ulum in Deoband, Mawlana Muhammad Na’im (may Allah have mercy on him), under whom he completed the study of Sahih al-Bukhari.
Mufti Abrar graduated from Benedictine University in 2006 with honors and a degree in Information Systems while simultaneously pursuing his Islamic studies full-time. He completed his ‘Alim course in 2007 and, thereafter, enrolled at Madrasah In’aamiyyah (Camperdown, South Africa) to specialize in the field of issuing legal verdicts (fatwas). In 2009, Mufti Abrar completed his training under the tutelage of Mufti Ebrahim Desai (may Allah lengthen his life), a world renowned jurist and expert in Islamic finance. He is also fortunate to have received authorization to narrate from forty-four books of hadith.
Mufti Abrar is the founder of the American Fiqh Academy and is active in the field of research and issuing legal verdicts (fatwas). In addition, he is the Head Mufti at Darul Iftaa Chicago, where he trains ‘ulama in the field of issuing legal verdicts.
Mufti Yasir Nadeem al-Wajidi comes from a noble family of scholars and, naturally, his first Islamic school was his home, where he completed his memorization of the Quran under his respected father, Mawlana Nadeem al-Wajidi. Thereafter, Mufti Yasir enrolled at the illustrious Darul Uloom in Deoband, India, where he completed the ‘Alim course in 2001. Mufti Yasir continued his studies at the same institution to specialize in the field of issuing legal verdicts (iftaa) under Mufti Habib al-Rahman Khayrabadi, from whom he received an authorization (ijazah) in 2003. Mufti Yasir further continued his studies, earning a Master in Arabic Language and Literature from American Open University (VA, USA) and a PhD in Hadith from International Islamic University (Malaysia).
Mufti Yasir has authored over a hundred publications in Arabic and Urdu, including the best-selling Urdu book Islam and Globalization and the multilingual dictionary Al-Qasmus al-Asri. He is also the founder of Darul Uloom Online, an online learning institute for advanced Islamic studies. Currently, Mufti Yasir lives in Chicago, IL and teaches advanced books of jurisprudence and hadith at the Institute of Islamic Education (Elgin, IL).