Shaykh Mufti Mohamed-Umer Esmail
Shaykh Umer Esmail is a Canadian born, traditionally trained
scholar who started his quest to acquire Islamic knowledge at a young
age and continued formal studies of the Sciences of Shari`ah in
different parts of the world for thirteen years.
initially studied Urdu and Arabic as well as other traditional Islamic
Sciences at the Institute for Islamic Studies in Dewsbury,
UK. There he acquired an Ijazah (teaching certification) in Hanafi Fiqh,
Hadith, Tafsir, Tajwid and the Ten Qur’anic Qira’at. He then traveled
to Karachi, Pakistan, where he studied under some of the greatest living
scholars of our time; including Justice (Rtd) Shaykh al-Islam Mufti
Muhammad Taqi Usmani (may Allah preserve him). There he received an
Ijazah in ten major books of Hadith. He also spent two years
specializing in the science of Fiqh and Ifta’ (giving legal verdicts)
and during this time he published hundreds of Fatawa (legal verdicts).
Furthermore, he was blessed with the opportunity to study Islamic
Finance under the tutelage of Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani.
has an Ijazah in Hadith from world renowned Hadith scholars including
Shaykh al-Hadith Maulana Sarfraz Khan Safdar, Shaykh al-Islam Maulana
Mufti Muhammad Taqi Usmani, Mufti Muhammad Rafi Usmani (Grand Mufti of
Pakistan), Shaykh al-Hadith Maulana Mufti Sahban Mahmood, and Shaykh
al-Hadith Maulana Zahid-ur Rashidi.
Mufti Umer Esmail worked six years as the Imam at the North Austin
Muslim Community Center in Austin, Texas. In addition to leading
prayers, he taught classes in Islamic Sciences, including Arabic,
Tajwid, Islamic Finance, Fiqh, Aqidah, Hadith and Tafsir. He has been
the spiritual Advisor for the Austin Chapter of MYNA since 2003.